Caring for Succulents – 3 Tips

Are you even a real millennial if you don’t have at least a few succulents sitting around your place?! I personally love having a few of these little beauties perched on shelves soaking up the sunshine. You may think, “I wouldn’t even be able to keep one alive!” Which, by the way, isn’t true! Caring for succulents is so easy! They just want to lay in the sunlight and to be left alone!

Bella Bucchiotti shares her 3 Tips for Caring for Succulents.

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Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your little green babies alive and healthy! Everyone can excel at caring for succulents.

Caring for Succulents


Water: What’s Too Much or Too Little?

Here is the thing about succulents, being native to the desert and dryness means that they do not need a lot of water or tending. They obviously need to be watered, but probably never as much as you think they do! According to Martha Stewart, Queen Green Thumb herself, water them by giving them a few good sprays of water with a spray bottle. Do not over soak to where the dirt looks muddy. Succulents don’t like sitting in water and it makes them more susceptible to root rot by being damp.

Bella Bucchiotti shares her 3 Tips for Caring for Succulents.

Another way to tell if they have been over watered is seeing if the “leaves” look mushy. When it doubt, dry it out and leave them alone. Another way to avoid over watering is if you select pots that have drainage so the excess can escape. If they start to turn dry and brown on the edges of the plant, that is when you know they have gone a little long without water it is time to hydrate them again.

Bella Bucchiotti shares her 3 Tips for Caring for Succulents.

Sunshine + Soil

You may think it is a little crazy to say “leave them alone in sunshine!” And I totally get it. You’re probably second guessing like I was and thinking how is it possible they are that low-maintenance? But they are! They love basking in the sunshine and it makes them not only healthier, but stronger! Their leaves bulk up and create a thicker exterior to protect them from outside forces (bugs, your cat, etc.)

Bella Bucchiotti shares her 3 Tips for Caring for Succulents.

If you want to challenge yourself a little more and learn more about what it is that makes succulents thrive – research soil. It is the key to caring for succulents! Start by seeing what is the best soil for the type of succulent you have now and what mixes you should be doing as they get older and larger. Potting is a huge part of it all, too. Depending on the soil and pot you use for you succulent, the smaller or larger your plant will be. If you give it room to grow plus the correct nutrients, then it will use that and become big and healthy! But make sure you are ready for that in the middle of your place!

Planters can be expensive, but you can make some DIY succulent planters or even a DIY terrarium if you are crafty. A succulent centerpiece is also another way to use your plants around the home.

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Pruning + Maintaining Health

Just like how your mom was always on you to trim your hair every couple months as a kid, I am telling you the same thing when it comes to your succulents. When you see leaves that are dead, out of place, or just flat out don’t look good – prune (i.e. cut) them! Doing this will literally cut off nutrients going to a dead area of your plant and start circulating to the rest of the plant where it is healthy. It is basically wasting nutrients keeping the odd parts on. It doesn’t hurt your plant – it is only beneficial in maintaining good health for it! It will continue to grow with even more beautiful and longer stems than ever before!

Bella Bucchiotti shares her 3 Tips for Caring for Succulents.

You may not think you have a green thumb and that every plant you touch dies. Not true! Well, I don’t actually know for sure – but if you want to start changing up your situation because of your love of plants and keeping your house fun, start with succulents! They really are super chill (and adorable!) and easy to keep alive. Not to mention, they are pretty easy to revive if anything!

Bella Bucchiotti shares her 3 Tips for Caring for Succulents.

Taking care of succulents is a learning process, so be easy on yourself if you have one not thriving. There are a lot of online resources to help.

Bella Bucchiotti shares her 3 Tips for Caring for Succulents.

Just remember: dry them out, spray with water, give lots of sunshine, and leave alone! Hope you experiment with having lots of cute succulents around your home and let me know how it goes for you!

Good luck caring for succulents and all your plant babies! I have all my favourite plant products here if you.

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  1. Celebrate Woman wrote:

    I wanted to create a beautiful and large bowl with succulents for some time. You’ve re-inspired me to do it.

    Posted 5.21.20 Reply
  2. ashlybby wrote:

    I love this helpful article about caring for succulents. Im not a person that can keep plants alive but when it comes to succulents Im pretty good about them. Thank you for sharing this.

    Posted 5.21.20 Reply
  3. Jordan Todd Campbell wrote:

    Ahaha! I love succulents. Mainly because they’re really hard for me to kill. Maybe I should up my game by adopting more and more. I have several at the moment, but… we could always use more greenery, no?

    Posted 5.21.20 Reply
  4. Emjhay wrote:

    Planting succulent is something i will look forward to.

    Posted 5.22.20 Reply
  5. Rose Ann Sales wrote:

    I would love to try this! We do have some succulents here in our home but it only my mom who’s taking care.

    Posted 5.22.20 Reply
  6. World in Eyes wrote: looks quite inspiring and amazing…i surely want to try this in this vacant is a good use (World in Eyes)

    Posted 5.22.20 Reply
  7. India wrote:

    Great tips! I had one a few years back and killed it…oops. I love your plant room, looks so serene!

    Posted 5.22.20 Reply
  8. I love succulents! They are full of color and so easy to maintain! Those pots are beautiful.

    Posted 5.22.20 Reply
  9. TweenselMom wrote:

    I always hear succulents are the easiest plants to take care of, given their cute size. I’m considering taking care of one.

    Posted 5.22.20 Reply
  10. Jack Marbida wrote:

    Such a lovely succulents. I like indoor plants and when I read your blog i instantly love it! Thanks for sharing this tips.

    Posted 5.22.20 Reply
  11. Jackline A wrote:

    Wow you have very living succulents and your pictures are on point.

    Posted 5.23.20 Reply
  12. Trot.World (Harshi & Aman) wrote:

    Love succulents, they are so cute and these are some great tips to keeping then well.

    Posted 5.23.20 Reply
  13. Renata Feyen wrote:

    I just love succulents and there are so many cute variations of them 🙂

    Posted 5.23.20 Reply