It’s that time of year (summer) when mealybugs are at their worst and sure enough I found a pot with multiple succulents under attack. Here’s a natural method using just running water and diatomaceous earth – it’s tedious work but better safe than sorry!Continue reading “They’re heeere… All Natural Mealybug Treatment for Succulents”
Watch me work! I’m going to try to make more simple project videos like this 🙂 I pot up several cacti in a super fast draining mix and decorate with some of my favorite rocks for a little extra somethin’ somethin’.Continue reading “Cactus dish garden for rainy outdoors”
It’s HOT out y’all and your succulents can really struggle in the heat. Learn about heat/summer dormancy, watering, fertilizing, and general care tips for succulents in high temperatures. Following is a list of summer and winter dormant succulents, though some might act more as opportunistic growers depending on where you’re located.Continue reading “Hot Summer Care for Succulents and Dormancy Tips”
I created a Plant Profile form to help you gather useful information when asking others to help you troubleshoot an issue with your plants. It’s not just for succulents! Access it at: sucsforyou.com/plant-profile
The most important factor in getting or giving accurate plant care advice comes down to your growing location. Your climate, and whether you grow indoors or outside, will determine everything from light needs to soil ingredients.
For instance, let’s say two people ask the same question: “Why are my Echeverias dropping their leaves?” One person is in Portland and the other is in Peshawar. Both keep their plants outdoors.
Portland is humid, overcast, gets a ton of rain, and even in June the temperatures are barely reaching 80F/26C. Over in Pakistan however, Peshawar is dry, very sunny, with little to no rain in the next 10 days, and the highs are already reaching 110F/43C.
To answer their question with the same advice for both people could make matters worse. To our Portland friend we might say, “They need more light, less water, and perhaps faster draining soil.” But if we suggested the same to our friend in Peshawar, the plants would be cooked by the sun, the soil would dry out too quickly, and they’d lose more than just a few leaves.
Over the last several years, I’ve helped others from every corner of the planet troubleshoot problems with their plants and it always comes down to that key question: Where are you located? That’s why I really honed in on location when I wrote ‘The Succulent Manual: A guide to care and repair for all climates.’ Understanding how regional variations in temperature, precipitation, humidity, and available sunlight influence your plant care regimen will increase your success exponentially – I promise!
So please use the form, or make it a habit to include your climate in your quests to resolve a problem with your plants, and ask the same from others who reach out for help. Now get out there and save your sucs!
It’s time to make a fresh demo vid on how to make your own succulent and cactus soil so here we go! I also answer some viewer questions at the end of the video so be sure to watch to the end.Continue reading “How to make your own succulent and cactus soil (and FAQs)”
I found a cool ‘pot head’ planter and needed to drill some drainage holes- thought y’all might like to watch!Continue reading “Drilling and filling my weird new ‘pot head’ planter!”
Finally a great white LED fixture! The kind folks at Mars Hydro sent me a really awesome LED grow light to test and I couldn’t be happier with the results, especially with how natural the light color is!Continue reading “LED Grow Lights for Succulents – Unboxing and Demo”
You may remember this cactus from my video on how to build an in-ground succulent garden. Well it finally bloomed and I can confirm the ID is Echinopsis schickendantzii!!Continue reading “Fascinating Echinopsis flowers blooming time-lapse”
Growing succulents from seed takes patience and trust, both for yourself and your plants! Here’s a short progress video on a mystery seedling that popped up late 2017.Continue reading “Mystery Seedling Progress (Euphorbia polygona)”
Pileas seem to be finding a place in the hearts of plant lovers everywhere! Learn about their light needs, when to water them, and how and when to repot them in this video.Continue reading “Pilea: Need to know care tips”