Indoor Plant Care Guide
Make sure your succulent or cactus is getting anywhere from 4-6 hours of morning light each day. Afternoon light can be too harsh for certain kinds of plants, especially if they are near a south facing window. To avoid sunburn and scorching, place your plant near an east facing window for a few hours each morning. If your plan starts to stretch in the direction of the light, it isn’t getting enough sun, and need to be moved to an area with more light!
During the spring and summer months, water your succulent only when soil is dry. If the soil is still wet, no watering is necessary. During the winter the plant will be dormant, and you will only have to water your succulent once a month. Water around the base of the plant, never directly onto the leaves or stem with a spray bottle or mister as this can lead to rot and fungal growth.
Generally, succulents like to be warm during the summer and cool during the winter. If you can, keep the temperature in the summer between 70 and 80 degrees. During the winter, you’ll want your succulents to be a little colder, between 50 and 60 degrees. Most succulents can tolerate higher and lower temperatures as well, but those are the ideals.
If you are following healthy practices for your succulents as indoor house plants, bugs should not be a problem. The bugs that most commonly feed on succulents are gnats, but they can be avoided by using a well-draining soil mix and allowing your soil to dry in between watering. Additionally, mealy bugs can also pose a problem for your plant. Thankfully, mealy bugs can be easily taken care of- simply wipe them off with a rubbing alcohol-soaked q tip.
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