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Basic Care for Succulents

While succulents have a reputation for being a hardier plant, it’s important to know how to care for them so that they flourish. Overwatering and insufficient sunlight can both cause your succulents to deteriorate. Follow these basic guidelines when you bring a succulent home:

Light

Whether indoors or outdoors, succulents prefer at least half a day of sunlight. While bright light is desired, avoid hot midday sun that may cause scorching – brown or white leaves are a sign – in some species. If you notice the plant stretching out at unnatural angles, not just growing, it may be reaching for more light and need to be relocated.

Temperature

When deciding where to place your succulents keep in mind that the ideal temperature is between 70°F and 85°F during the day, and 50°F to 55°F at night. For short periods of time succulents can generally survive temperatures as low as 40°F.

Watering

Most succulents undergo a period of growth from Spring into Fall and require regular watering. Once the temperatures become cooler, succulents can go weeks without needing to be watered. Keep in mind that “wet feet” can lead to root rot in succulents, a common cause of plant failure. Succulents in containers should be watered thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch. Allow the soil to dry in between watering.

For wreaths, topiaries & frames with succulents, we recommend to water only when moss/soil is completely dry. Immerse in water for up to 15 minutes (depending on size of design). Allow to dry slightly before returning to location. If hanging on wall pat off excess water with paper towel.

Finding the right mix

Every home is different and we recommend you observe your plants regularly to notice what combination of light, temperature and watering helps them thrive.

We source our succulents from Theut’s Flower Barn of Richmond, Michigan and they recommend starting with an echivera plant if you’re new to succulents. Echivera are easy to grow and care for and look great when combined with other succulents, but also by themselves.

We hope you enjoy your new floral addition!

By Heinen's Floral Department
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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