Succulents. For busy plant parents there aren’t many options that are as “set it and forget it” as these chlorophyllic companions. Staying late at the office and missing your weekly watering session? No problem! Impromptu weekend mini break that turned into an actual week? Your little guy or gal will still be successfully succulent-ing upon your return home. They’re forgiving even in the face of a little neglect and let’s get real, there are some days we can barely feed ourselves anything resembling nourishing food let alone remember to water our plants. Here’s to this family of not particularly particular plant pals!
If you like to live life on the lax side of things, your succulent will respond better to the occasional neglect if you’re keeping them on a loose hydration schedule (outside of those extended vacations, of course!) and find them a “just right” spot in you space! How loose is loose? And what does “just right” look like? Follow along for our top tips and tricks below to help you ace plant parenting.
Let’s talk unboxing! Find a surface in your home that’s quick to tidy up. It’s completely normal for a little dirt to shift around in transit and some of this may fall out as you unwrap your new succulent. You may also find a little dirt nestled in your little guy or gal’s foliage. You can use the wrap your succulent shipped in to lightly dust the foliage to remove any debris. If you want a little extra credit try a blow dryer on cool setting or that canned air you keep around to dust your keyboard (extra, extra credit if you actually have used it to clean your keyboard in the last year).
Trading spaces! Your plant pal was living a cozy nursery life in northern California before we wrapped them up and shipped them to your doorstep. Time to play realtor and find your guy or gal a place in your space! In general, succulents prefer medium to high light. We recommend finding a spot in the brightest room in your home or office. Pro Tip: while these little guys love the sunlight keep them at least three feet away from any windows. Glass magnifies the sun’s rays by up to three times, an effect which will cause your succulent to bake in your windowsill.
Just a sip! Succulents prefer life on the drier side. You’ll want to make sure their soil is completely dried out before your next watering session. To test, stick your finger into the soil to about one inch depth. If it’s dry - add a little H20! If it still feels damp to the touch, best to wait between a few days and up to a week. The amount of water depends on the size of your plant pal, but in general start small! For a 2” succulent start with a few tablespoons of water. For a 4” to 6” plant you can start with up to ¼ to ⅓ cup. Check the soil weekly (or as you remember) for moisture, watering as the soil dries out.