The purpose of succulent plants is to store water in the stems, leaves, or roots. But we find succulents are shy to bloom. So, let’s look at this closer and find out what we should do in keeping them happy, so they bloom every year.
Knowing where they come from helps you what condition they grow in. As some succulents need different types of conditions to help them bloom. Many succulents need to be put under stress by giving them a higher temperature in summer. Control the sunlight though as succulents would benefit from it but move them out gradually. So, they get used to it. You have some that come from cold winter deserts-, and need winter dormancy and cold temperatures to induce spring blooms. So, they like to be in a cool area for the winter months.
Giving your plants the right amount of water and fertilizer will bring on the flowering process. Seeing new growth in your plants is a good sign that flower buds could form. But if you see different signs like splitting, wrinkles, or over-plump leaves then you need to fix it.
- Splitting – is when the plant is getting too much fertilizer.
- Wrinkles are when the plant not getting enough water. Don’t thrive and go dormant.
- Over plump leaves is too much water.
- Learning their pattern of growth will help you know when to give them food and water.
So, when your plants are in their growth periods, water plants thoroughly, and allow them to dry out completely before watering again. At the beginning of their growing periods give them some fertilizer but not too much. Make sure your soil is well-draining. Can test it by filling a pot with soil and allowing it to sit for a couple of days and then check how moisture it is. The soil should be lighter moisture but not soaking.
Don’t forget to maintain them by cleaning dead leaves and flower stems. As that will help keep the bugs away. Spraying them will help too, in their growing season with soapy water as offer as you can. If you do have bugs use a strong insecticide but don’t spray in the middle of the day. Always in the early morning or very late afternoon. Can burn your plants.
Learning as much as you can, will help you have a happy succulent. A happy succulent is a blooming succulent.