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By Panman
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So, my wife got a succulent as a gift for Mother's Day. She has a self professed black thumb and is not allowed to grow anything. I grow swamp plants and tomatoes, neither of which are like succulents. Anyone got some advice to help a brother out?
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By optique
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take some normal potting soil mix 20-30% perlite to make it drain well and place it in bright indirect light. some sun may be ok but i would keep a eye out until you know
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By CPhunter101
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I usually place my succelents in full sun, but you could also place it by a window if you'd like.
Drainage is very important and make sure to water only once a week or once every 2 weeks. This prevents overwatering and root rot.
Succelents shouldn't be too hard to care for, they are by far one of the most unkillable plants I've grown!
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I water mine a little bit once a week.
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By optique
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CPhunter101 wrote:I usually place my succelents in full sun
I have a lot of jade(s), snake plants, african milk, campfire, hens and chick and like 5 types of aloe i grow . They seem to look much better in under 2 hours of direct sun.
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Joshuamarshall792 wrote: Mon May 24, 2021 12:52 am *Sniff sniff* what's that I smell? Hmm it smells like a child that never replied to my pm because he harassed my brother
The only one being childish here is you. You are the one that went and aired your family's dirty laundry on a public forum. Optique made a tongue-in-cheek comment that you didn't find funny. That is all, so let it go.
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Got it. Good, draining potting soil, limited water, and good but not too intense light. I think that what it is currently potted in is good. I barely remember to water it, so I should be okay there. It is in an east window that gets a few hours of sun in the morning, so it sounds like I've got 3 for 3. Thanks for your insight.
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don't feed it, check out the hens and chicks
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By CPhunter101
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optique wrote:I have a lot of jade(s), snake plants, african milk, campfire, hens and chick and like 5 types of aloe i grow . They seem to look much better in under 2 hours of direct sun.
I've heard that full sun really brings out the colors but for some succelents, less light means darker/better color.
I have a jade plant and I did a little expiriment on it.
When I left it in shade, it stayed nice and green.
With full sun, its leaves turned reddish on the edges.
For Panman's plant, I'm guessing indirect sunlight might be better for color.
Succelents aren't finicky about light, it really just depends on what colors you prefer.
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I do move my "crassula campfire" into full sun and do not water it to make it flush red then place it back in my succulent area. If you get it perfect it look stunning.
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Her plant appears to be an Echeveria. These are typically full sun plants, though you will need to harden it off. Being that you are in Georgia, I would recommend a very porous/free draining mix. You could do cactus soil cut 50/50 or 30/70 with perlite or chicken grit. Better would be to make your own mix of small grade fir bark and chicken grit ... might even be able to do turkey grit. I would clean off as much of the current potting mix as possible. Don't be surprise if some leaves pop off in the process. They do so fairly easily. If that happens. place the leaves on a warm bright (not full sun) windowsill until roots form. Then pot them up. Each leaf will generate one or more plants. Your high humidity will be a possible issue with things being able to stay wet too long. Good air circulation can help mitigate that.
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