Succulents are beautiful and colorful, they don’t require much care and can withstand almost all environments. However, these are mostly slow-growing plants. Even fast-growers among them can take months to grow up to the mature state. Still, if you want to trigger your succulent to grow faster, but remain healthy and happy, there are some tricks you can apply. They won’t take you a lot of time, so the succulents remain easy to take care of.
Don’t crowd your plants too much
It’s known that succulents can appreciate a crowd much more than other house or garden plants. Roots of succulents are capable of absorbing the nutrition the plant needs even in a tight space. They can form a succulent system according to the soil density and potting space. However, if the area the succulent is planted in is too crowded, the plant will focus its energy on the roots in order to maintain the nutrition and water balance needed for surviving. Therefore, much less energy is invested in growing above the soil.
Maintain your soil quality
Besides being well-draining, the soil needs to be rich in nutrients in order for your succulent to grow better and faster. You can help the plant with a regular watering schedule. Add water as soon as the soil is dried out. No succulents like “wet feet”, as they are mostly desert plants, but you don’t need them to go in a surviving state due to drought.
Spread out the roots
In order to get the most from the soil, succulents tend to crowd their roots together in circles. How tight the root circle depends on how much space is provided for the succulent to grow in a pot or in a garden. If you want the succulent to grow faster, you can help it by spreading the roots every now and then. This will allow the plant to absorb more from the soil and trigger faster growth. When a succulent feel free space, it tends to fill it, both in and above the soil.
Separate offsets from the mother plant
Crowded pots with a lot of offsets usually result in a slow to now growing of both mother plant and new baby succulents. Removing new succulents from the main plant will not shock them, because they are still not used to their environment enough. They will accept a new growing place pretty quickly. Additionally, their roots are still in an early stage of growth, so it’s much easier to get them out of the soil without harm.
Keep your succulents safe
While being fairly hardy plants when it comes to growing conditions, succulents are still extremely sensitive to physical damage. Damage can slow down and even completely stop the growing process since the plant will focus its energy on healing. Stems of the succulent may look strong, but they are not as strong as ones on other plants. Therefore, even the slightest scratch or breaking can take months to heal.
So why don’t you give growing succulents a shot! Tell us in the comments what all succulents you’ve been growing?
Happy Growing! 🙂