If you buy succulents from a nursery or online store, the first thing you should do is replant them as soon as possible (or at least within 24 hours). Why? The small plastic pots and super absorbent potting soil that come with most succulents are not ideal. You should place them in larger terra-cotta containers with drainage holes and surround them with quick-drying soil (more on that later). Website: succulents Succulents don't thrive in wet soil, so drainage holes are very important. Cassidy Tuttle, blogger at Succulents and Sunshine and author of The Idiot's Guide: Succulents, says terracotta pots are perfect for beginners because the containers dry quickly and absorb water from the bottom, Breathable and prevents water from accumulating. You can also grow succulents in ceramic, plastic, or metal containers—as long as they have drainage holes. Glass containers are also good, but not as easy to work with. "The quickest way to kill a succulent is to put it in a glass bowl that doesn't drain," says Tuttle. "They need water, but they like the roots to dry out quickly. You can't really do that in a typical terrarium or glass bowl." types of succulents The size of the container should also be considered. You can control the growth of succulents by planting them in pots that promote or retard growth—they become "bonsai" or take on the shape and size of the growing container. cool right? ground Succulents grow best in soil without water, and you can provide them with water in three ways. First, if you already have garden soil at home, you can add pumice or perlite to the mix, both of which can be purchased at your local nursery. Or, you can buy succulent-friendly Gritty Mix soil, which mimics the natural soil they love to grow in. Your final option is to try making your own succulent soil at home by mixing pine bark meal, turf, and crushed granite. These choices will ensure that your succulents are grown in material that will deprive them of moisture. light You can grow almost any succulent indoors as long as you give it enough bright light. Place them next to the sunniest window in your home for at least six hours a day to ensure their health and growth. "South-facing windows allow them to get the most sunlight throughout the day," says Tuttle. irrigation Knowing when to water succulents and how much to water is one of the hardest parts of caring for these plants. "Ninety-nine percent of succulent care involves watering," says Darren Irwin, founder and owner of The Succulent Source in Southern California. His rule of thumb is: water when dry; never wet, damp, or damp. "If they dry out completely within five days, you can water them every five days. If they dry out completely within two weeks, water every two weeks." , even for small varieties using a pipette, let the soil fill with liquid; you'll know you've watered your plants enough when water runs out of the drainage holes. Let the succulents dry completely, then wait a few days before watering. We repeat: there should be no moisture or water in the container before watering again!

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