Do succulents get diseases?

Succulents are very hardy, but they can still get diseases. Black mold and root rot are caused when a plant is kept to moist or is in a moist environment. If the plant is getting root rot you can usually save the plant by replacing the wet soil with dry soil.  You will need to remove any rotted roots or leaves.  If the roots are completely rotted, you need to cut off all of the root and then let the plant callous over before replanting.  To treat molds you can spray with a fungicide, but you need to remove the plant from the moist environment.  The two most common pests that attack succulents are aphids and mealy bugs.  For aphids you can spray with a soap based insecticide. Mealy bugs are resistant to sprays.  The best way to kill mealy bugs  is to dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and then wipe it on the bugs.  This will instantly kill them.

how do I care for my succulents?

This is one of the most asked questions we receive here at Succulents USA . 

We have broken this question down into five categories listed below in an effort to provide our customers with the information that they are looking for.

How often should I fertilize my succulents?

Succulents require very little fertilizer.  You should fertilize once in early spring and again in late summer using a basic all purpose plant food added to your watering schedule.

How do I prune my succulents?

To maintain shape or repair damaged plants, you can pinch or cut the plants to get the desired effect.  Plants or cuttings that have been removed should be left in a cool area for a few days so the cut end can callous over.  Your cutting than then be planted in a well draining pot with succulent or cactus potting soil.  Your hanging succulent products can be switched to hang from opposite ends to keep the plants growing evenly.

How often should I water my succulents?

Succulents need to completely dry out between watering.  Thoroughly water your plants then let dry out completely.  If your plants start to pucker then they need water.  You can occasionally mist your plants to help keep them clean.

What type of light do my succulents need?

Indoors, place in a bright area such as a west or south facing room.  Outside, most plants will survive in full sun, but for a more healthy looking plant in very warm areas give the plants morning sun with afternoon shade.  In cooler areas place the plants in morning shade with afternoon sun.  We hope you get many years of enjoyment from your unique and beautiful succulents.  Care for your succulent product is simple, just follow these additional steps.

Succulent Care

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