Caring for your Succulents

The best thing about Succulents and Cacti is that they love to be ignored!

WATERING: Your little succas will do much better if they are under-watered rather than over-watered. You should allow the soil to dry out between watering. In the heat of summer the soil will dry out faster so they'll probably need to be watered weekly but in spring/autumn you'll want to cut that back to maybe once every 10 days - two weeks and in the heart of winter maybe only monthly. It also depends on the size of the pot - small pots will dry out much quicker than large pots. A syringe or pipette is the perfect way to water small succulents to ensure you never give your plant too much water, especially if they are in a terrarium or pot that doesn't have a drain hole. 

LOCATION: Most succulents like a nice bright location out of the direct heat of the sun. While they love some gentle morning sun, the heat of the afternoon sun can burn their plump, tender leaves. They do well indoors if they're in a bright room near a window and they love being on a balcony or deck or in the dappled shade under the foliage of a tree. If a succulent is not getting enough light, they will grow quite long and 'leggy' and grow towards the light to try and get as much on each leaf as possible. If you notice this happening, move it to a brighter spot immediately 

SOIL: If you plan to repot your little succa, make sure you use a good quality succulent potting mixture - one especially for succulents and cacti. It's really important that they have a well draining soil mix because their 'feet' hate being wet!

Caring for your Succulent Wreath

Succulent Wreaths can thrive for many months in sphagnum moss if given some TLC - they'll even start growing roots.

POSITION: The wreath has new little succulent cuttings and they'll grow best in a bright spot that gets lots of natural light but is out of direct sunshine. If they are left in the sun, the moss will dry out too quickly and their plump little leaves can burn. Some ideal locations are under a porch, hanging on a door that's in full shade or inside next to a window.

WATERING: To water, it's important to fully submerge the sphagnum moss in water and saturate completely. Fully submerging will not hurt the vine the wreath is made of. This method is more ideal than misting or spraying your succulents because keeping the moss wet promotes strength in the stem of the cutting and encourages little shoots to start growing. If you just spray the leaves, it doesn't strengthen the stem and you're more likely to get fungal disease if water sits on the leaves. How often you water will totally depend on how hot/cold it is where you live and where you place your wreath. A general guide is to water once the moss has fully dried out. In the heat of summer you may be watering it once a week or more, in the middle of winter it may be once every 3 or 4 weeks. 

PLANTING:  When you have finished enjoying your succulent wreath, you can turn it into a little garden.

  1. Fill a pot with good quality, well draining soil mix that is especially for succulents. You can use little seedling pots if you want to do each of the cuttings separately.
  2. Gently remove the cuttings from the wreath and moss. The moss is attached to the wreath with jute string, cut the jute away. The cuttings are anchored with little wire pins - you may have to gently straighten some of those pins on the back of the wreath to release the cuttings. If some of the roots have attached to the moss just go ahead and leave that moss on the roots - it's fine to plant some of the moss as well.
  3. Make a hole in the soil and place the stem of the cutting in the hole then gently cover with the soil.
  4. Place pot/s in a bright spot out of the direct sun.
  5. Start by giving them just a little bit of water every 4 - 7 days - using a dropper or pipette is ideal for this stage to ensure that you don't over-water them. You want the soil to stay damp but not too wet. Once you start to see new growth, after about a month or so, you can cut the watering back a little and let the soil dry out between each watering.

Alternatively, you can propagate the cuttings in water by putting them in a small, skinny necked bottle with just the stems sitting in water (change the water weekly). Leave them out of direct sun until they have established roots, then go ahead and plant.