A Guide to Succulents


Ella Davis, Reporter

With these new and troubling times, many people have decided to pick up new hobbies or try new things. Something many people have tried out is purchasing and caring for indoor plants, and succulents are a great plant to try looking after. However, even simple house plants like succulents need to be properly cared for. Here are a few easy ways to make sure these household plants thrive.

Succulents need lots of sunlight — many (but not all) need about six hours daily. Keep in mind newly planted succulents can sometimes scorch if put in direct sunlight, so try gradually introducing the plants to sunlight. Succulents should be rotated frequently. If one keeps their succulent sitting on the same windowsill for days at a time, it is likely that only part of the plant will be getting the light it needs to flourish. 

When it comes to watering, succulents need different amounts depending on the season. In winter and autumn, succulents do not need to be watered as frequently as they do in spring and summer. Keep in mind that overwatering could kill the plant, so be sure to let the soil dry in between waterings. When watering succulents, water the soil directly. Do not use a spray bottle; it is bad for the plants to mist them.

There are also a couple other things to keep in mind when caring for succulents. Do not allow succulents to collect dust. If the leaves are beginning to look dusty, gently wipe them off with a cloth. Keep bugs away from the succulent; bugs are less of a problem indoors, but they can still damage the plant. 

One can purchase succulents at a variety of locations. Here in Petaluma, succulents are available at Trader Joe’s, Cottage Gardens of Petaluma, Flower Casita, and Flourish. Succulents are also able to be purchased online. 

Taking care of a succulent is one way to give yourself something to do while under quarantine. Succulents tend to add a certain sense of brightness to the house, and they are not overly difficult to care for. Succulents are a great place to start when delving into the world of houseplants.