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How to Grow & Take Care of Succulents

Because of their special ability to retain water, succulents tend to thrive in warm, dry climates and don’t mind a little neglect. This makes them well adapted to indoor growing and ideal for people desiring low-maintenance houseplants. If you’re choosing succulents for the first time, follow these steps for successful care of your new plants.

1. Choose an appropriate succulent for your indoor conditions.

Most succulents like direct sunlight, but if all you have is a shaded corner in your house, go with low light-tolerant plants like mother-in-law tongue. If you plan to grow your succulent in a hanging planter, a trailing variety like string of bananas is a great choice. Always read the plant labels to determine the sunlight needs, size, and spread of your succulents.

2. Provide a very well-draining potting medium.

Do not plant your succulents in soil that’s too rich and retains too much moisture. Start with a coarse potting mix with good drainage and aeration. You can find special cactus and succulent mixes at the nursery, or even use an African violet mix. To further improve drainage and prevent compaction, add perlite or pumice to the cactus or African violet mix (up to 50% of the total potting mix, depending on your particular succulent’s moisture needs). Always wet the mix before using to ensure it’s evenly moist.

​3. Choose your container.

When re-potting, use a container that has a drainage hole and is at least 1 to 2 inches larger than the nursery container. Avoid glass containers as a long-term potting solution, as they don’t allow roots to breathe and can cause root rot over time. Fill the bottom one-third of the container with pre-moistened potting mix, then position your plant inside and back fill with more pre-moistened potting mix.

4. Place the potted succulent in a sunny location.

Most succulents prefer at least 6 hours of sun per day, so try to place them near a south- or east-facing window. You may notice your succulents becoming spindly or stretching toward the light if they don’t get enough sun.

5. Allow the potting mix to dry out between waterings.

The number-one mistake many people make with succulents is overwatering them. It’s best to water more, but less frequently. Saturate the potting mix thoroughly (while ensuring water flows out of the drainage hole properly) but allow the mix to dry out slightly before the next watering. If the potting mix stays consistently wet every day, the plant may eventually die


How to bring the best from Succulents

Succulents can be utilized in many different ways and for different occasions. Below is how we as Flora Jubilee will be able to help and bring customized solutions to our clients. 

1. Succulent cutting to use in your bouquets and on the tables at your wedding

Use succulents as part of your table decorations or have you ever considered incorporating succulents into your bridal bouquet? Not only do they give your wedding blooms a unique touch, they add dimension, texture and lots of unusual colours. You’d be forgiven for thinking succulents only come in green hues. They can also be blue or purple, so there’s a lot of succulents to choose from. You could work in a few subtle succulents here and there, or you could opt for a bouquet made out of just succulents. The choice is yours and we will make up these bouquets for you!

2. Succulent plants to use as wedding gifts for each guest

One of our favourite ways to use succulents at weddings is by offering them to your guests as favors. Wedding favors are notoriously difficult to choose, and understandably so. You want to choose a favor that reflects your theme, as well as being something that your guests will use after your wedding day. Little potted succulents and will look lovely in your guests’ homes after your big day, and they’ll be a wonderful reminder of your wedding. You can source and bring your own little pots and will will replant them for you.

​3. Special occasion arrangements

We’re talking about an array of purple/green shades and fun textures that are alive and bring a bout of fresh air to any space of the house. We love using these and we can assist you with all succulent arrangements for all your special occasions like Christmas, Mother's day and birthdays. 

4. We sell to Nurseries and Landscapers

Perhaps the catalyst for succulent popularity was the drought and keeping a garden in good shape with little water.  Garden plants can be expensive, but succulents are relatively cheap and the maintenance, as was mentioned, doesn't amount to much. Succulents has taken the garden center market by storm and make up 15% of garden center sales in South Africa. 

5. We sell to wholesalers and florist

Succulents are a great option for emerging young adults to turn a house, apartment, or basement room into a home but also is the perfect gift to somebody special. 

6. Bring your own pots or we can source a specific pot and look for you

We bring customized option where clients can come and select plants for their own needs and specific pots. We can also source pots for you if you send us pictures of what you are looking for. We will then do a quote on selected plants and pots. We will then replant for you and deliver. 


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 Swellendam, 6740

Phone: 028 514 2455



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 Brackenfell, 7560

Phone: 021 612 0949



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