Succulents are known for being some of the easiest houseplants to care for. Their thick, fleshy leaves allow them to thrive in dry conditions, requiring less water and fertilizer than other plant species. This means even if you forget about them for a week or two, they should survive just fine.
Still, succulents can be surprisingly finicky in certain conditions, especially if planted outside. In fact, heat stress, freeze damage, and yellowing foliage are quite common. To help your succulents survive the extreme heat and near-freezing temperatures found in desert climates, we recommend fertilizing them periodically. It’s important to use the correct type of fertilizer and avoid overfeeding to keep your succulents healthy and beautiful.
Is it Always Necessary to Fertilize Succulents?
Your plants will grow larger and faster if you fertilize them, but that may not be what you want. After all, you could end up having to trim back succulents if they become overcrowded. For this reason, we recommend not fertilizing succulents planted in terrariums and wreaths.
What Type of Fertilizer to Use for Succulents
Although desert-acclimated succulents can withstand the harshest, hottest conditions, low nutrient levels and calcium deficiency can cause problems. Unfortunately, feeding your succulents a standard high-nitrogen blend could cause leaf and root rot problems.
That’s why a low-nitrogen, high-potassium blend like Desert Juice is the best fertilizer for succulents. This xeriscape-specific formula is infused with calcium and Furst liquid to combat nutrient deficiencies and strengthen your succulents, agave, or cactus plants. Expect improved recovery from frost damage, optimized summer growth, and increased drought resistance when you use Desert Juice as recommended.
When to Fertilize Succulents
If you have succulents in your landscape, begin adding Desert Juice to your watering and fertilizing schedule right away. If your plants are showing signs of yellowing or stress, give them their first feeding as soon as possible! Then, continue to apply Desert Juice monthly during the spring, summer, and fall.
It’s important not to over-feed your succulents. After all, fast growth spurred by excessive fertilizing can make succulents “soft.” This is when tender parts of the plant become more prone to wind and sun damage. So if you want your succulents to endure open garden conditions, avoid fertilizing them more than recommended.
How to Apply Succulent Fertilizer
Desert Juice comes in a concentrated liquid. All you have to do is dilute it and apply it to the watering area. The amount of fertilizer you should use varies based on the size and type of plants you’re feeding. Be sure to read the easy-to-follow usage instructions on the bottle for the best results. After fertilizing, water your succulents thoroughly, a recommended practice after applying fertilizer or nutrients to any plant.
Do Soil Conditions Matter?
Yes. Soil types vary by region and even from garden to garden. The best way to understand your soil is to have it tested. Be aware that succulents and other desert plants grow best in well-draining soil high in pumice or perlite. That’s why, in addition to fertilizing your succulents, you may want to add these amendments to lighten the soil and enhance aeration.
Get Help Caring for Your Succulents
Desert Juice is only available at Moon Valley Nurseries! Buy a bottle today and promote stronger, more vibrant succulents in every season. If you’re interested in creating a succulent garden, we can help. We supply some of the most popular succulents for desert climates, including Irish rose, sedum, and blue glow agave. We can also help you establish your garden and answer any care questions you have.
To speak with a nursery professional about selecting and fertilizing succulents in your desert landscape, please contact us online or visit one of our locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, or Florida.
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