February 02, 2017
Sustainability Strategist Summer Rayne On The Lazy Ladies Guide To Keeping Your Apartment Full Of Fresh Plants All Winter Long.
"Whether or not you have a green thumb, succulents are fun plants to have," says model and Sustainability Strategist Summer Rayne, "I live in New York City, so I like to get my succulents at the Union Square Farmers market but you can find them at your local garden shop." Her four simple tips below for maintaining green vibrance in the comfort of your own apartment — even during the darkest months of winter.
1. Light Is Key. "Give your succulents as much light as possible," says Rayne. "Sun is one of the most critical factors when growing succulents, and if you're in the Northern hemisphere like me, you'll know that there's far less sun in the wintertime. Try to keep your succulents in a south-facing window because if you don't, they'll likely get 'leggy' (a term for when they grow a long stalk with little leaves) or perish."
2. The More The Merrier. "If they get leggy—propagate!" says Rayne. "It's almost inevitable that some varieties of succulents will get leggy, typically in the winter or in low light conditions, but this shouldn't pose any problem. If you want that nice compact look again, simply cut off the stem and replant the 'head' of the succulent in well-draining succulent soil mix."
3. Don't forget to water — sometimes. "Succulents don't love a lot of liquid, particularly in wintertime," says Rayne. "A good general rule of thumb is to thoroughly water your succulents once every two weeks. I prefer, however, to observe if my plants need water, but if you feel as if your plant telepathy skills are not up to snuff, then default to once every two weeks."
4. Let Them Sleep. "Different succulents go dormant at different times of year," says Rayne. "The important thing to note is that just because they're dormant, they are going to be subject to their environmental surroundings, and if it's hot and dry, transpiration will be happening off their leaves, and that will need to be replaced through watering. Some plants, like my Senecio, drops its leaves in the summer, and if it weren't for its turgid, pale blue-green stem, it would look dead. Keep in mind—it is not dead. It just has stopped growing and is conserving its energy for the growing season."
5. DIY Mini Forest "Add a layer (approx. one inch) of stone to the bottom of a tea container," says Rayne,"add a thin layer of horticultural charcoal, some cacti and succulent soil, hollow out a space in the middle to plant your succulent, add some stones, and pat around the succulent (careful of the roots!)." Voila! You're done!
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