Do you want to get a pet, but don’t think you have the time/money for one? FRET NO MORE. Get a succulent instead! Maintenance wise, they are about one step above a pet rock, with minimal watering and little attention required.
Although they might not be as comfortable to cuddle with as a cat or dog would be, they also don’t shed or pee on your new carpet. They make great decoration and can double a security system (line your window sills with cacti and other pokey succulents so that any burglar will get a sharp surprise when attempting to break in).
Easy to Take Care
To take care of your succulent, you need to water it when the soil feel dry. They like to get their feet wet, and then completely dry out (just like me at a waterpark). Do not water them daily, and do not use a spray bottle on them! Water them about once a week in the summer, and a bit less when the weather cools down. Also, make sure their container is draining properly so that they don’t grow mold or attract pests.
You’ll want to keep your plants as close to the window as you can, but be careful not to let them get sunburned if the light from the window gets too hot.
For sunlight, succulents love to be kept near the sun. Typically, they like about 6 hours of sun a day. You’ll want to keep your plants as close to the window as you can, but be careful not to let them get sunburnt. Sunburning can happen if the light from a window gets too hot. Also, know that succulents have a dormant period during winter and they don’t need to be watered as often then. Succulents also like a cooler temperature during this time. If you can, keep them in a temperature between 70ºF and 80ºF in the summer, and 50ºF and 60 ºF in the winter.
Just like all other plants, eventually the lower leaves of succulents are going to shrivel up and die. You should only be concerned about dying leaves if the newest or uppermost leaves on your succulent are shriveling. If it’s just the ones near the bottom of the stem (closest to the soil), you don’t have anything to worry about.
Come to one of our Pot Painting CraftJams and adopt your own succulent! Find more inspiration from our Pinterest board.