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How to Fertilize Succulents: Step by Step Fertilizing Succulents

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How to Fertilize Succulents

Succulents have meaty, thick leaves and stems that store water and nutrients. Plants may grow in dry settings because of this capacity. Succulents in pots need less water and fertiliser than other houseplants, but the watering they require drains minerals from the soil, so they need to be fed on a regular basis.

Too much fertilizer, particularly high-nitrogen mixtures, can exacerbate leaf and root rot. It’s critical to use the right combination of nutrients and avoid overfeeding succulents in order to maintain them healthy.

Steps to Fertilize a Succulent Plant

How to Fertilize Succulents

  • In 1 gallon of water, dissolve an imbalanced soluble NPK fertilizer, such as an 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 mix. For most succulents, use half the amount of fertilizer indicated on the package. If the packaging specifies 1 tablespoon per gallon of water, use 12 tablespoons of 10-10-10 fertilizer. For tropical succulents that demand more frequent watering, such as a Christmas cactus, dilute to a fourth strength.
  • Water the succulents until the excess moisture drains from the bottom of the pot with the medium strength solution. Depending on the size of the plants, one gallon of fertilizer solution can feed several. Fertilize in the spring when new growth begins and again in the late summer or early fall when new growth stops. When succulents are semi-dormant in the winter, don’t fertilize them.
  • During the active growing season of tropical succulents, water them weekly with the quarter strength solution. Some tropical kinds bloom in the summer, while others bloom in the winter. When plant development slows down naturally, fertilizer treatments should be stopped.
  • When the dirt in the top inch of the pot has completely dried up, apply fertilizers. If the soil is still moist, postpone a weekly treatment until the soil has dried.
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Organic Fertilizer for Succulent

Manure Tea

Remove the tea bag from the packaging and place it in a 5-gallon bucket (leave the tea bag alone) (or whatever large bucket you have).

  • Fill the bucket with water almost to the top. While filling the bucket, run the water over the tea bag. According to the instructions, 1 to 5 gallons of water should be used. I used 5 gallons of water.
  • Allow the tea bag to soak in the water for a few days after covering the bucket. I didn’t want to have to take the bag out of the water later, so I just left the rope dangling over the bucket’s edge.
  • Open the bucket after 2-3 days and remove the tea bag. You can now begin fertilising!

How to Use Manure Tea for Succulents

How to Fertilize Succulents

If the tea is placed on top of the leaves, it will not burn the succulents. Fill a large watering can halfway with the tea and water the succulents as you would any other plant.

You’ll notice a difference in the way the succulent container is filled in just 30 days.

How Often Should You Fertilize Succulents?

How to Fertilize Succulents

You may be asking how often to fertilize succulents now that you’ve discovered a fantastic fertilizer. While you can fertilize your succulents as often as once a month, especially if you use manure tea, they will usually do fine with just one treatment in the spring.

This is the start of the growing season for many succulents, so they’ll be ready to take advantage of the extra nutrients. If you have succulents that only grow in the winter, fertilize them in the fall.

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If you’re going to use something other than manure tea as a succulent fertilizer, stay away from slow-release choices. These are highly powerful, and instead of helping succulents develop, they often burn them. I suggest diluting a water soluble fertilizer to half its suggested concentration.

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Irrigation takes nutrients from the pot before they can be accessed by the plant.

Outside, succulents don’t need fertilizers because they have access to the soil’s nutrient reserve. In the spring, if they require feeding, use half the suggested amount of a balanced slow-release fertilizer.

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