Care of Plants
Here are some tips on how to care for your succulents and cactus:
Succulents and cactus can be grown indoor or outdoor as long as they get plenty of indirect sunlight. If you are growing them indoor in a glass container (jar or terrarium), position them where they can get indirect sunlight most of the day or only 2-3 hours of direct sunlight as the heat may get quite high in the container. Also rotate the container once a week to give the plants even exposure to light. For outdoor, they can be grown in full sun or part shade position.
Succulents and cactus are drought tolerant plants. They don’t need much water and always make sure the soil is almost dry between each watering. If growing the plant in a jar, terrarium, pot or other container without a drainage hole at the bottom, never over water them as too much moisture may damage the roots and kill the plants. Two/three tablespoon of water (per plant in small container) once every two weeks will do (water less frequently for cactus), depending on size of plant and container. Water them more during summer and less in winter. If your succulent and cactus are planted in a very well drained pot, the plants need to be thoroughly watered until water runs the bottom of the pot. If you are in doubt, don’t water the plant. Succulents and cactus can recover from underwatering, but you can’t take extra water out of the plant.
Like all plants, succulents need plenty of fresh air. If you received or purchased your succulent in one of our closed container (apothecary jar or kids terrarium jar), remove the lid when you get home.
Succulents and cactus in terrariums will maintain their shape and size for almost one month indoors. After that time, they may grow bigger or may need more sunlight. We recommend that you re-pot them in bigger pots with cactus mixed soil and keep them outdoor so that they can continue to grow bigger and healthier.
Store the cuttings, in a tray without soil, in a cool dry area (indoor next to the window) out of direct sun for about 1 week. This will give the cuts enough time to heal before planting. Once planted, roots will start growing in 3-4 weeks (can sometimes take longer in winter when the plants are dormant).
Treatment for unhealthy plants.
Even if succulents and cactus are easy to grow, they sometimes get unhealthy if affected with pest or if grown in the inappropriate conditions. Here are some common symptoms, causes and advice how to treat them.
Lack of light
Elongated, stretched-looking stems and leaves are indications that your plant is not getting enough light. Move the plant to a more sunny position and rotate the plant once a week to give it even sunlight exposure.
Puffy looking leaves or stem is a sign of an over watered succulent. Unpot the plant and remove all rotten leaves and roots, if any, then replant in ‘new’ dry soil.
Shrunken, closed or wrinkled of leaves is a sign that the plant needs water. Water thoroughly and keep the soil moist until the plant becomes back to normal.
Distorted growth at leaf axils, centers of rosettes and cottony bits are caused by mealy bugs. Clean and remove the mealy bugs with a small paint brush.
Care for your indoor plants:
Philodendron Rojo Congo
The Rojo Congo plants are known for being hardy indoor plants, requiring bright to low indirect light, and watering only when the top inch of soil is dry. Originally from South America.
The Monstera plants are also very easy to care for, they prefer part shade to bright indoor light, watering when the soil feels dry. They are native to southern Mexico.