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Succulent Fertilization Facts: Why It Matters & How To Do It

Succulent Fertilization Facts: Why It Matters & How To Do It
Succulent Fertilization Facts: Why It Matters & How To Do It

Go from plant newbie to plant pro by giving your succulents an extra power-up!

One of the best ways to give your succulents a boost is by using a little natural fertilizer. We chatted with our Chief Farmer at the Succulent Studios Nursery and got his top tips for keeping your succulent babies happy, healthy, and growing strong!

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Why fertilize? 

A little bit of fertilizer can go a long way in helping your succulents to grow and stay bug-free. Mealybugs are a common nuisance that can interfere with the health of your baby succulents, and fertilizer helps prevent and get rid of ’em! Fertilizer for the win! đź’Ş

 

When should I fertilize?

Succulents don’t need frequent fertilization. In fact, twice a year—once in fall and once in spring–will do the trick. A great time to use granular fertilizer is when you’re repotting your succulent. Just be careful that your succulents have spent at least a few weeks in their original pots before repotting them so they’ve had enough time to settle in and acclimate to their new home. Repotting them too soon can lead to weakness and damage, like root breakage. If you’re not ready to repot your succulent but ARE ready to fertilize them, get a liquid fertilizer to mix in with water.

 

How to fertilize:

  1. Mix granular fertilizer into your cactus soil if you are repotting your succulents. This time-release granular fertilizer is great.
  2. Add liquid fertilizer to your watering can if you’re not ready to repot your succulents. This Bayer 3-in-1 is perfect and also works well to fend off bugs and dark spots.

 

Pro tip: Using only 25-50% of the suggested dose, mix your granular fertilizer in with regular cactus soil OR use a liquid fertilizer to mix in with water.

 


 

As always, tag us @sucstu with all your repotting masterpieces and shoot us an email at hello@succulent.studio if you have questions!