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Succulents

SUCCULENTS & CACTI

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Be careful – succulents and cacti can be prickly. Yet despite their thorny appearance, they can be easy to grow (with suitable soil, of course!) 

 If you’re a succulent fan, you know they can be a bit tricky to keep alive – and it’s all because succulents are used to living in the desert! The key is to provide succulents with soil that mimics their natural habitat. Many succulent lovers make the mistake of using traditional houseplant soil, which doesn't provide succulents with the right ingredients they need to stay healthy. Another important aspect is repotting succulents regularly: when you first get succulents from the nursery, they've likely been growing in generic soil, so it's best to get them in a different type of soil. As your succulents grow, it can be wise to repot them as well if they have outgrown or become root bound in the current pot.

 

ALOE VERA

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Succulents & Cacti

Be careful – succulents and cacti can be prickly. Yet despite their thorny appearance, most are beginner friendly and easy to grow (with the right soil, of course!)

 

Succulent plants have a unique adaptation that enables them to tolerate limited watering better than most houseplants.

  • Trowel

  • Measuring device

  • Mixing container

  • Mix your ingredients thoroughly to make potting soil

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  • Gently loosen the plant from its container - don't tug

  • 'Wake up' the roots by gently shaking off excess dirt.

  • Place in new container so root ball is below the rim using new potting soil as a base.

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  • Fill around your plant with your mix

  • Gently pat it down to secure the plant and get rid of any air pockets.

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  • Water thoroughly, ensuring through drainage of excess water.

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Coconut Coir, Rice Hulls, and Sand: It is a beautiful organic soil amendment for gardening; they hold moisture well while releasing it easily and draining well.
Most importantly, it accepts water well once it is dry.

Aloe Vera

Did you know? Aloe vera is good for sunburns, bug bites, and minor scrapes and cuts. Even better, growing your own aloe vera plant is a snap.

Aloe Vera is best as a potted plant. We recommend using a straight succulent & cactus mix or (1/2 succulent & cactus) & along with 1/2 Kristy K Aged Bark Fines exclusively.

For an Aloe Vera houseplant, straight potting soil can be used, but rice hulls (replaces perlite) or pumice must be added in to aerate & amend the drainage.

  • Trowel

  • Measuring device

  • Mixing container

  • Mix your ingredients thoroughly to make potting soil

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  • Fill around your plant with your mix

  • Gently pat it down to secure the plant and get rid of any air pockets.

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  • Gently loosen the plant from its container - don't tug

  • 'Wake up' the roots by gently shaking off excess dirt.

  • Place in new container so root ball is below the rim using new potting soil as a base.

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  • Water thoroughly, ensuring through drainage of excess water.

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The roots of the Aloe Vera should take up 2/3 of the container and there must be drainage hole(s).

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Coconut Coir, Rice Hulls, and Sand: It is a beautiful organic soil amendment for gardening; they hold moisture well while releasing it easily and draining well.
Most importantly, it accepts water well once it is dry.

Aloe Vera

If you follow these simple tips, your succulents should be happy and healthy in no time! Just remember: desert plants need desert soil, so don’t forget to change out the potting mix. They also like it a bit on the dry side, so err on the side of underwatering rather than overwatering. With a little love and attention, you can keep your succulent friends alive and well for years to come.

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