Cactus and succulents Light Needs of Plants

Give Your Succulents a Weekly Walk!

A week in the sun and a week in the shade will keep your succulent happy!

Succulents are all the rage these days. Millenials, especially, as said to be wild about them, treating them practically like the pet dogs they’re not allowed to have in their apartment dwellings.

They’ve been told they’re low-care plants, that they need practically no water, even that they don’t need sun and will grow anywhere. But if the first part is mostly true, the last bit is an out-and-out lie. They do need light and plenty of it. In fact, although there are a few exceptions, they prefer full sun.

Salespeople can get away with lying about how to care for succulents because the latter react so slowly. If something is wrong, the plant won’t show symptoms for many months, even over a year. But that’s not because they thrive under low light, but because they die slowly. That beautiful echeveria you’re so proud of, with its blue to grayish to purple rosette of thick leaves, may well be starving from lack of light and simply showing no symptoms. By the time you realize it’s losing leaves and desperately stretching for more light, it may be too late to save it.

Switch ’Em Up

Here’s an easy tip on keeping succulents alive in the average apartment nearly forever. 

Place them in the ideal décor, the spot where they just look so cool—and probably far from any window—for only one week at a time. The second week, move it right up near your sunniest window, or at least as close as you can to the window without it touching the glass. Let it charge its batteries with solar energy for a week, then move it back into your décor. And repeat weekly.

Two weeks of intense light per month will keep almost any succulent happy; the other two weeks can be in nearly total darkness and it won’t matter.

Logically, of course, you’d buy two succulents so that, at any given time, one is doing décor duty and the other basking in sunlight.

So, like a pet, you need to take your succulent for a walk, but only once a week. 

Sometimes making plants happy is so simple!

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Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

1 comment on “Give Your Succulents a Weekly Walk!

  1. Succulents are such an odd choice for houseplants anyway. They get so stretched and pale.

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