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5 Easy Tips to Keeping Your Succulent Alive and Healthy:

1. Where should you place your plant or arrangement to ensure it gets

adequate light?

Place succulents near windows that let in lots of natural light throughout

the day. Keep them close to windows but not right up against them to

avoid sunburn. Succulents need about six hours of indirect sun per day,

depending on the type of succulent. Gradually introduce newly planted

succulents to full sun exposure or provide shade with a sheer curtain.

2. How much water should you feed your succulent?

Only water succulents when the soil in the container is bone dry. We

repeat, let the soil dry out completely between waterings. If the soil

isn't crumbly and dry to the touch, don't water it! Succulents don't like

to sit in water and will begin to rot if they stay wet for too long. Signs that

your succulent needs water include wrinkled, shriveled leaves because

as the cells release their stored moisture to the rest of the plant, they

need to bring in more water to replace what they have lost. If that

water isn’t accessible, the leaves will shrink.

3. What type of soil does your succulent love the most?

Succulents have shallow root systems and prefer nutrient-rich, loose,

rocky soil. Use a potting mix specifically formulated for succulents and

cacti when planting in containers. You can also create the porous

potting soil succulents prefer by blending regular potting soil with coarse


4. What type of drainage should you provide for your succulent?

Since succulents need quick-draining soil, I highly recommend you use

pots with drainage holes to allow water to flow through easily and to

prevent the roots from sitting in water for too long. For larger planters,

drill 3-4 drainage holes for 36-inch planters and 4-6 drainage holes for

46-inch planters. If you don’t have drainage holes in your planter, you

should place a layer of pebbles or gravel in the bottom of the pot before

you add soil to give excess water someplace to flow.

5. What’s the next step with your succulents? Make more with your one plant..., it's called propagation.

Once you figure out the basics of keeping your plant happy and alive,

you can propagate them and make more succulents to share with

friends or use for your own additional arrangements!

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