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Succulents and their care are different from annuals,
perennials, shrubs, or other greenery. They’re drought tolerant, easy to
care for, uniquely shaped, and are able to thrive in places that would
likely kill other plants.

Whether you’re new to growing these living
treasures, or you’re more experienced, some of these myths may surprise
you. It’s time to dispel these common myths that keep your plants from
thriving.


1. All Succulents are Hardy
Although succulents are hardy (they’re most definitely
hardier than most plants), hardy doesn’t mean they’re capable of
handling extreme conditions for long periods of time. Some succulents
are hardier than others. For outdoor planting, it is recommended to aim
toward hardier succulents since they are able to withstand more. Some
good choices for hardy succulents include Sedum and Sempervivum.

2. Full, Direct Sunlight is Necessary
Many species can handle full sun during the day. This doesn’t
apply to all succulents. Most succulents enjoy bright morning sunlight.
Afternoon sunlight is typically too hot and harsh. In fact, full,
direct sunlight, can harm your plant rather than help it. Full sun
increases the likelihood of your succulent leaves burning and killing
it. While succulents are considered to be sun-loving plants, be aware
how long you keep your succulent in full sun.

3. Succulents should be Planted in Sand

Some assume that sand is best suited for planting succulents.
Indeed, succulents need excellent drainage, but more than likely sand
is not the best option. Sand can actually be too draining. When water
penetrates the sand, it drains away quickly and the plant will receive
very little water. We recommend using succulent and cactus soil.

4. Succulents are Cacti, Cacti are Succulents
Succulents and cacti
are not all one in the same. Most cacti are considered succulents, but
there are a few that are not. Not all succulents are cacti either. These
would include Echeveria, Crassula, Euphorbia, Sempervivum, Aeonium, Sedum, x Graptosedum, and Haworthia.

5. Succulents Can Handle any Weather
Different succulents call for different care. Most succulents
can handle various weather conditions, but they do prefer less humid,
sunny weather. They are hardier than other perennial plants in your
garden, but they handle wetter and colder climates differently. A harsh
winter may cause the plant to freeze and consistent humidity may lead to
root rot. Just remember, succulents enjoy a bit of neglect.

6. All Succulents are not Edible
Many succulents are edible, but be aware of the plants you
choose to eat. While many are harmless, some can be toxic to humans and
animals if ingested, especially in large quantities. Be conscious of the
toxicity of all your plants before exposing them to children or animals
in your home.

7. Top Dressing Provides Extra Drainage for Succulents

Top dressing is a fun way to add texture and color to your
container gardening. Just be careful that your top dressing is not
trapping moisture inside the container, which causes root rot.

8. Closed, Sealed Spaces are Tolerable

Succulents need fresh air and ventilation. Your plants will not
last long in closed terrariums. Moisture has no way to escape allowing
mold to enter and your succulents may get root rot. Don’t put the
terrarium on a full sun windowsill, as its leaves will burn.

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