Suburban Succulents

Succulents

Water – Succulents prefer the “Soak and drought” method of watering. When the soil is completely dry, give the succulents a good watering until the soil is saturated and draining. Wait until the soil completely dries out again before watering. 

When dealing with succulents in potted arrangements without drain holes, watering needs to be more closely monitored as it will take longer to dry in between waterings. 

Light – Succulents thrive with bright light and as much as they can get. Certain varieties prefer more shady environments and others can easily sunburn in afternoon direct sunlight. 

Food – fertilize succulents in early spring and mid-summer with a ½ strength fertilizer.

Airplants

Water – Once a week, soak your airplants in room temperature water for 30 minutes to an hour. Shake out excess water and return your airplant to its home. 

Light – Airplants love bright filtered light and lots of it. Minimum 8 hours of light per day, more to promote blushing. 

Food – Tillandsia plants don’t need lots of fertilizer but beginning of spring and mid-summer is the best times to feed with a ¼ strength fertilizer diluted in the soaking water. 

Pro tip: Schedule out “long soaks” for your plants that extend beyond the normal 30 minutes to 2 hours. Once a month is fine. Airplants should dry within 4 hours of a soak. 

Houseplants

Water – Houseplants is such a large category of plants that its hard to generalize watering care for them all, however, most houseplants prefer a more moist soil medium compared to succulents. 

Light – As with watering, houseplants enjoy a variety of light levels depending on the variety. 

Food – Most houseplants enjoy fertilizing them once every month to once a quarter. We use worm castings in our plants which provide slow release food to the plant over the year. Apply worm castings directly to the top of the soil.