Successful Instagram-feeds and &OtherStories stores can’t do without them, the “trendy plants” of the fashion industry: succulents. On my own instagram I was asked quite a lot where I got mine and how I care for them, so I thought it’s time for a little excursion into the world of plants – I’ll tell you everything you need to know.
You can buy succulents in every larger plant store or even at Ikea (but I think they only have cacti there?). I got mine from my mum as she works as an interior landscaper.
Do not skimp on sunlight! Plants draw their nourishment and energy from the sun and prefer bright light. But how exactly do you find the best kind of light for your plant? Preferably you place them right in front of your window or on the windowsill. It’s also important which direction your windows face, South provides the most light and plants can be situated far into the room, North provides the lowest light.
Is there such thing as too much sun (especially during summer)?
It’s as easy as that: if the sunlight burns your skin then it surely isn’t too good for your plants either. A sheer curtain oder placing the plants away from the windows will help.
Attention – watering too often is the easiest way to kill a plant. But don’t worry, there are some simple rules how you can easily prevent that:
1. To find out if your plant needs to be watered, just stick your finger into the potting mix, toward the edge of the container. Most plants should be watered as soon as the upper 2-3cm are dried out. No need to get you ruler, just follow your gut feeling.
2. To water, gently lift your plant’s foliage and flood the potting mix with water until it arrives at the drainage hole at the bottom. Let the plant take up all the water for about 30 minutes and then empty any remaining water. No plant likes being drowned.
3. Get into the way of checking every 3-4 days if your plant needs water. Changes in light, temperature or open windows can easily change the needs of plants.
Humidity and temperature
Most of the succulents will do fine with average home conditions. If you feel good, your plants usually feel good as well. The average humidity is 60%, which means, that they can tolerate some dry air. Plants that prefer slighty more humid conditions can be misted with a bottle once a week. During cold wintermonths, you should group your plants together, this creates a humid microclimate.
Nutrients and fertilization
Plants get their minerals from the air, water and the potting mix. Energy comes from the sunlight. It’s possible to have a healthy plant without ever fertilizing it.
If you want to do so anyways, ask your local gardener what’s best for your plant.