How to Keep Succulents Alive Indoors?
Varied and straightforward, there are mixed answers to this question. Succulent plants have become commonplace for gardeners and gardeners alike. The fact that they take up little space and can grow almost anywhere (whether indoors or outdoors) makes succulents an excellent bet for a little bit of nature in virtually any area.
During the year, most people are likely to encounter times when they need to travel for more than a week for work or just for holiday purposes. If such people collect succulent plants, they must take all necessary measures to avoid the death of some or all of them while they are away. These measures should be considered more rigorously if no one in the household can take care of them, even for a few days when the collector is not there, i.e., the plants will survive alone under favorable conditions or end up dying.
Tips to keep succulents alive if you’re traveling
- The first thing to consider is the season in which you plan to travel. Depending on the geographical area, winters are more or less cold, and therefore the arrangement of the plants in the collection must be in one place or another. In freezing winter climates, all plants should be moved inside the home or greenhouse to avoid rotting while in mild winter climates, they can be left “outside.” If you travel in summer, plants should be placed in icy areas where there is good air circulation and provide a few hours of shade a day to avoid accelerated dryness of the substrate and dehydration. The other stations are less aggressive for the plants, and therefore it is not necessary to take very drastic measures.
- It is also imperative to know if you are going to be absent during the dry or rainy season. If rainfall is frequent, it is necessary to place the plants in a sheltered place where the lighting is not obstructed and to avoid excessive rain rotting the plants. If you are not able to provide the plants with a very illuminated area (opaque ceilings for example), it is necessary to use artificial light sources to avoid possible etiolations. In dry season we must place the plants as close together as possible so that they create a microclimate that keeps humidity high and reduces transpiration. It is also recommended that a top layer of coarse rock be added to the substrate to slow the evaporation of water from the substrate.
- To avoid possible pests or fungi in our plants, we recommend disinfecting with pesticides and broad-spectrum fungicides days before departure. In our case, we prefer to use the systemic ones because they have proved to be more effective. To avoid mollusks or other organisms that pesticides cannot repel, plants should be placed in raised places, and traps or repellent objects (e.g., a rustic object that frightens birds) should be put to prevent them from being affected.