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How do you care for succulents?

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Care for succulents by providing plenty of light and water. Pot the plants in a cactus potting soil, and keep them at the right temperature. Fertilize them during the growing season, but stop fertilizing as they enter the dormant season.

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Succulents are generally low maintenance plants. Since they are native to the desert, they thrive with cool night time temperatures, down to 55 degrees Fahrenheit and warm daytime temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If necessary, they are able to survive to as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

While succulents prefer well-drained soil, ensure the plants are well-watered during the growing season. Allow the soil to dry thoroughly before watering again. Water the plants once or twice a month during the dormant winter season.

Succulents prefer bright light, as is found on southerly facing walls in the Northern hemisphere. The plant gives indications if the light conditions are not right. Too much light causes damage to the leaf tissue, causing it to turn brown or white. With too little light, the plants grow long with widely spaced leaves with a condition known as etoliation. If the plant suffers from too little light, trim it to its original shape and move to a sunnier location.

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