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I took an afternoon to do some research so I can confidently bring them into my home knowing I wont wake up to a sad shrivled succulent.
>Water LESS! Eventhough these beauties are made primarily of water, they really don't need much additional water. Their growing season is in the Spring and Summer, this is the time they need regular watering. Give your succulents a good soak once a week during this time. Their soil will dry out between watering and thats good! In the winter they become dormant so scale back to watering once every other week or even once a month. The leaves will give you signs of under or over watering, pay attention! If over watered, the leaves will turn white and wilty. Underwatering will cause brown spots to appear on the leaves and they will stop growing and shed their leaves.
> Bright light! These guys are desert natives and like bright sunlight. Keep them in a window, or whichever room recieves sunlight(south facing windows are best!) Again, pay attention to the plant, they will tell you what they need. If they're not getting enough light, they will stretch and their leaves will be farther apart. If they are getting too much light, their leaves will appear to be bleached.
> Temperature. Succulents are surprisingly adaptable to cooler weather as deserts usually have a drastic temperature change after the sun goes down. Succulents can tolerate 50-55 degree weather but prefer 70-80 degree weather and can be left outside during the Summer months. Just be careful about direct sun exposure!
>Planting succulents: Succulents prefer fast draining soil. Add rocks or packing peanuts on the bottom of your pot, and soil on top when planting your beauties. The rocks will allow adequate drainage to prevent the roots from rotting.
> Succulents only need to be fertilized with ordinary liquid fertilizer in the Summer months when they grow most. No need to fertilize in the winter.
Overall, these plants really are nearly impossible to kill (yay!) Just pay attention to what they leaves are telling you and adjust accordingly. Now go grab one of these lucious plants and give your green-thumb some exercise! .