Our Basic Succulent Care Card
This information is our broad advice for most succulents and cacti. Make sure to get more specific information depending on the plant, and the region where you live.
Light: Most cacti and succulents like bright light, but not all can tolerate intense, direct afternoon sun. While optimal lighting conditions depend on species, there are some general signs that indicate your plant is getting either too much or too little light.
Too much light: your plant can appear off color, look bleached out or show burning spots. Move to a more adequately shaded area to remedy.
Too little light: Your plant may appear leggy as it stretches towards a light source - a process known as etiolation. Your plant will suffer if left in such lighting conditions for very long. When transitioning to stronger light, keep in mind that your plant will suffer if left in such lighting conditions for very long. When transitioning to stronger light, keep in mind that your plant will be especially prone to scorching so make the transition slowly
How often to water & fertilize: Cacti and succulents should typically be watered every 7-10 days. As a general rule, if you stick your finger in the soil and feel moisture, don’t water! You want the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Each time you water, thoroughly soak the soil so that water runs out of the drainage holes. During the growing session you can use a balanced fertilizer diluted to ¼ strength every second or third watering.
Soil: The use of a cactus and succulent soil is ideal, but any fast draining soil will suffice. The most important thing to remember is that a richer soil will stay wet for too long, causing root rot.