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Caring For Succulents

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Because succulents hail from environments with lots of sunlight, they tend to crave a good amount of UV rays. At a minimum, most succulents need more than six hours of light daily.

A porous and well-draining soil with a loose and grainy texture is ideal for succulents to ensure they aren't sitting in water for an extended period of time.

While the frequency of watering will depend on the species and your growing conditions, most succulents should be left to dry out completely between waterings.

Because succulents are native to hot, arid climates, they generally prefer warm temperatures with lower humidity.

If you're growing succulents in containers, however, you may benefit from periodically fertilizing your plant when it's actively growing.

Luckily, most succulents are considered non-toxic to pets. However, there are some varieties, like aloe, pencil cactus, kalanchoe, jade plants, and more that can be poisonous, so it's important to do your research before bringing a new succulent around your pets.


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