Succulents are some of the most popular, low-maintenance plants that one can get their hands on. Most of the time, all they require is just a little water and a bit of sunlight.
So, the question when it comes to succulents is then, how much space do they take up? And how big do they get?
According to all the species of succulents on record today, the smallest can be as small as 1.5-inches tall and the largest up to 1,200-inches tall. The size of succulents depends on a few factors, all of which can mean the difference between a large succulent and a small one.
Here’s a quick look at these crucial factors.
Temperature can and does have a huge impact on the growth of succulents. There are very few species of succulents that can tolerate frost, so cold temperatures are best avoided. In fact, most species of succulents can thrive in unbearably hot temperatures–temperatures that are much hotter than those that exist within the human home.
Most succulents do the best between 50 and 90 degrees, with some species requiring very specific temperatures for optimal growth. With temperature in mind, the best way to protect your succulents and keep them growing properly is to find their correct temperatures and maintain them.
Succulents get most of their nutrients from the soil they are planted in. The specific soil requirements for each type of succulent will vary but in general, most species thrive in well-draining soil with little organic or clay matter.
Potting soil for succulents should contain only the ingredients needed for adequate drainage. The addition of other ingredients can mean slow growth and/or succulent death.
Once potted, a succulent will use the nutrients in its soil and, after a period of time, its soil should be replaced to replenish the nutrients that have been used. Failing to change the soil can be detrimental to the growth of your succulent.
In general, succulents do best in sunny conditions. However, the amount f sunlight each species needs is dependent on their species profile. Some species do best with filtered sunlight, while others see the best growth in full sunlight.
To help your succulent grow, you’ll need to know how much light it requires and try to provide it with an adequate amount. Succulents that get too little sun can become damaged; the same can be said when species that require lower levels of light receive too much of it.
Moisture related issues are, perhaps, the most common ones that affect succulent growth. Overwatering often contributes to root rot and eventual plant death but doesn’t tend to affect growth much, as the plant doesn’t live very long in the first place. Overwatering is the leading cause of growth problems.
However, underwatering can and does occur, too. Although succulents are tolerant of hot, dry weather and can go a long time without water, underwatering isn’t ideal. Without an adequate amount of water, succulents can grow more slowly and may never grow to be as large as other plants of their species who have had the proper amount of moisture.
In humid environments, succulents can go much longer between regular watering. This is because they suck water from the air. Similarly, succulents that are in less humid environments may need more water.
Now that you know a bit more about what makes your succulent thrive or faulter, you can rest assured that you know how to help them reach their full growth potential. Just remember to pay attention to sunlight, moisture, soil, and temperature.