Succulents

Succulents are fast becoming one of the most popular choices of plant. Enjoy our in-depth care guides and general tips & tricks from our succulent expert Claire.

can you use regular potting soil for succulents
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

Can You Use Regular Potting Soil for Succulents?

Check out my succulent soil for beginners guide. It covers everything you need to know about preparing and layering soil for happy, plump and growing succulents. Regular potting soil works perfectly for succulents since they don’t need any special high nutrient soil. As long as the soil drains well, your

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how to identify medicinal aloe vera plant
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

How to Identify Medicinal Aloe Vera Plant

There are nearly 600 types of aloe vera growing around the world. While they are all beautiful, there are also several poisonous varieties. So before you pull off a leaf and rub it on your skin, be sure that it is the safe species of aloe vera. True aloe vera

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how long does it take for cactus to grow
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

How Long Does It Take For Cactus To Grow?

Most people buy their cactus plants from a small size because growing one from seed takes quite a long time. Even once it has sprouted, when growing a cactus, you will need a bit of patience. A cactus typically takes 6-12 months to become the size of a large marble

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why is my aloe plant drooping
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

Why is My Aloe Plant Drooping? [12 Reasons & Fixes!]

Aloes make excellent houseplants because they are generally very forgiving. Aloes do not need a lot of water and only need moderate light. Despite their hardiness though, sometimes they start drooping. Aloes can droop when they have inadequate sunlight, water, temperature, or a bad container. Drooping aloe may also be

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Succulents
Claire Jacobs

Do You Water Aloe Vera From Top or Bottom? [Key Tip!]

Stop asking how often do you water aloe vera and start asking how to best water aloe vera. These succulents are known to be resilient and ideal for first-time plant parents but I’m won’t let you completely off the hook. There is a technique to watering aloe vera plants. Whenever

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why are succulents so popular
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

Why Are Succulents So Popular? Here’s 9 Reasons Why!

There are many reasons why succulents have become so popular over recent years. Firstly, they make ideal houseplants because they are low-maintenance. They also require minimal watering. Plus, their appearance is very distinctive and their form leads to many interesting uses in interior design. Our 9 reasons Why Succulents Are

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do succulents need direct sun
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

Do Succulents Need Direct Sun? [Tips For Healthy Succulents]

To answer the question, do succulents need direct sun, you need to understand that there are many different species of succulents. All succulents need a certain amount of sunlight every day but most don’t like to live under direct sun all day. To help you better understand this, let’s look

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do succulents need to drain
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

Do Succulents Need To Drain? [Grow Healthy Succulents]

Many new succulent growers ask the question, do succulents need to drain? The simple answer is yes. Succulents really hate sitting in water and need to dry out in between waterings. Too much moisture in the soil continuously will cause the roots to rot and your precious plants will eventually

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succulents that grow tall
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

Our Favorite 16 Succulents That Grow Tall.. Really Tall!

Most people don’t think that succulents can grow tall. But, you would be surprised to learn that there are many varieties that can grow up to enormous heights. The majority of these are cacti but there are others too. Bear in mind that these succulents have a natural tendency to

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how to propagate succulents with honey
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

How To Propagate Succulents With Honey

Did you know that you can use honey as a rooting aid for your succulent cuttings? Natural, raw honey has some amazing properties that will help your succulents root faster. And, for those of you who don’t like using chemicals, it’s the best option. So, why is honey such a

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how long can succulents go without water
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

How Long Can Succulents Go Without Water?

Most succulents can go without water for a much longer time than other plants. Indoor succulents can go without water for 1-3 months, outdoor succulents in hot climates can go from 1-3 weeks without water, however, succulents are more in danger of being overwatered by caring owners than being left

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whats the difference between cactus and succulents
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

What’s the Difference Between Cactus and Succulents?

The first thing you need to understand is that all cacti are classed as succulents. But of course, not all succulents are cacti. In general, all succulents can store water in their stems, leaves and roots. Plus, they are all drought-tolerant. Obviously, the most common factor that identifies a cactus

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what kind of soil do succulents need
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

What Kind of Soil do Succulents Need?

It’s really important to grow succulents in a light, free-draining soil. Succulents don’t like to be kept wet and will not survive in damp spots in your garden either. Mostly, they occur naturally in dry, arid regions where rainfall is only minimal. That’s why they have thick fleshy stems and

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how to save an overwatered succulent
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

How to Save an Overwatered Succulent [7 Vital Steps To Take!]

As you most likely know, succulents don’t like to be overwatered. They naturally occur in dry, arid regions that have occasional bursts of rainfall. For this reason, they’ve learned to adapt by having the ability to store water in their roots, stems and leaves. But, once they’ve reached their water-storing

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how to grow succulents from seeds
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

How to Grow Succulents from Seeds: Beginners Guide for 2021

Succulents are some of the easiest, low-maintenance plants to grow. They require minimal care and only the occasional watering. Succulent plants are widely available at garden centers and other retailers but growing them from seed is also an option and can be quite rewarding. Why Would You Grow Succulents From

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why is my alow plant turning brown
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

Why Is My Aloe Plant Turning Brown?

Aloe Vera plants are classed as succulents. Therefore, they prefer well-drained soil or potting mix and don’t like being over-watered. There are a number of reasons that your Aloe plant may be turning brown. Here are the most common reasons: Over-watering Under-watering Sunburn Too much heat Drafts or cold Over-fertilization

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how much light do succulents need
Succulents
Claire Jacobs

How Much Light Do Succulents Need?

Succulents all require differing, specific amounts of sunlight to thrive, the average time would be between 4-6 hours a day. The different succulent species range from aloe to cacti to echeveria. Like all other plants, they grow by absorbing light and converting it into energy via photosynthesis. Since there’s always

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