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What are the Best Tips Growing Succulent House Plants?

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Successfully growing succulent house plants usually involves having a good understanding of each individual plant and its specific needs. Though succulents may have some things in common, such as their water and fertilizing needs, their lighting requirements may be quite different. The assumption that all succulents should be treated the same could result in many plants failing to thrive. Before growing succulents, it is a good idea to speak to someone at a local nursery about care of a specific type of plant, or to obtain a book that details various types of succulents and their care.

One thing most all succulents have in common is their watering needs. It is generally recommended that when growing succulent house plants, the soil should be allowed to almost dry before adding fresh water. When it is time to water, the water should be at room temperature, and in most cases, a thorough soaking of the root ball is required. Ideally, these plants should not be misted, and if possible, they should be kept away from humid environments. According to many experts, the best time of day to water succulents is early in the morning.

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Another commonality among succulents is their reactions to fertilizer, and in many cases, over-fertilizing these plants can result in their death. Some experts claim it is better not to fertilize succulents at all when compared to the risk of over-fertilizing or using the wrong mixture. When growing succulent house plants, it is a good idea to exercise special care when fertilizing and to choose a mixture that has a very low percentage of nitrogen. Fertilizers designed especially for succulents can be purchased at most nurseries and garden centers.

Lighting requirements are usually the main area where many types of succulents differ, as some prefer full to partial sun, while others need shade. This is a case where the requirements of the succulents will need to be studied so the plants can be placed in an area that meets their needs. Some common succulents that prefer full to partial sun include aloe, hens and chicks, and many types of cactus. Shade-loving succulents include crassoula, ciliaris, and haworthia. If succulent house plants are going to be placed in front of a window, the amount of sunlight that filters through should typically be measured in hours, and placement should be determined accordingly.

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LisaLou
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Succulents make great indoor house plants and I have several of them in my sun room. Some of them can be a bit challenging to grow, so I always go online and try to read up on the best way to take care of them. I get more information this way then just what is on the card that comes with them.

Many of them are very unique looking with a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They also make a great gift for someone if you know they love plants and flowers and you are looking for something different. You can find some unique containers to put them in and you have a special gift that someone can enjoy for a long time.

John57
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Browsing the succulent section of any garden center is one of my favorite things to do - especially in the winter when you really miss having flowers and their bright colors.

There is quite a big variety of succulents and tropical plants that will add a touch of color to your home during the long winter months.

Most of them are quite inexpensive to buy, and I figure even if they don't live more than a few years, I have got my moneys worth and have enjoyed their colorful leaves and flowers.

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