Want to Grow Big Size Succulents faster? Learn how to do this with our 8 simple, straightforward tips shared in this article.
Here are some secrets on How to Grow Big Size Succulents to make sure they stand out in the garden or pots with their giant appearance!
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How to Grow Big Size Succulents
1. Go for the Right Variety
The best way to make sure your succulents grow big is to choose a variety that naturally grows big because, for example, you can’t expect a haworthia fasciata to be very huge. Some of the best ones you can grow are Adenium, Aeonium, Euphorbias, Kalanchoes, along with some of the Echeveria varieties.
2. Choose Succulents that are Easy to Grow
Picking varieties that are easy to grow will ensure they will live long and develop into bigger specimens without any trouble.
Some easy-to-grow types are Agave, Echeveria, Aeonium, Aloe, Crassula, Faucaria, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, and Sansevieria.
3. Selecting the Right Pot is the Key
The key to growing succulents in the best of their size is to keep them in a pot that’s neither too big nor too small. Planting them in an overly big pot is not going to make them grow bigger and faster.
If you use a bigger pot, it will result in overwatering, and a smaller pot will refrain the root’s development, reducing the plant’s growth while forcing the succulents to produce more pups.
Go with this rule—if your plant has a width of 4-inches, a 5-6 inches diameter container will be perfect for it. The use of a correct-sized pot provides sufficient space for the plants to grow healthy without crowding the roots.
4. Locate them at the Right Spot
The correct spot also plays an important role in achieving bigger size. Most succulent varieties prefer a combination of bright indirect light and direct sun for a few hours daily to grow well.
It is necessary to know about the type you are growing and its requirement. For example, echeveria requires 4-5 hours of sun each day.
While growing succulents in pots, an area that receives morning sun and afternoon shade would be perfect.
Also, keep in mind that most of the succulents are not frost tolerant, therefore, if you live in a cold climate, bring plants indoors in winter.
5. Use the Right Growing Medium
Succulents grow bigger when they have a favorable growing medium that assists the growth. A succulent potting mix or any soil type that drains well keeps the plants healthy and makes them bigger.
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6. Know About Your Succulents
It is important to know what type of succulents you’re growing or want to grow to take care of them accordingly. Some succulent species remain too small, like Blossfeldia liliputana, which is a tiny cactus around half an inch in diameter at maturity. Contrary, the Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) is considered the largest succulent in the world.
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7. Plant Some of them on the Ground
In cold regions with regular frost, growing succulents in the ground is not a good idea as most of them are not frost hardy and may die.
But in moderate climates, succulents can take benefit of the available space when propagated on the ground–they grow big and beautiful.
8. Feed Cleverly
It will be best to feed them more frequently once in 14-20 days in their growing season, with a balanced liquid fertilizer but in a low amount diluted to 1/4 of the recommended strength, just like what commercial growers do. Avoid feeding in winters in USDA zones below 9.
Fertilize the plants when the daytime temperature stays above 60 F (15 C).
Other Important Factors that Impact the Size of Succulents
- Notice the leaves of the succulents — if they are mushy, it indicates the sign of overwatering. Also, snip away dead, damaged, and older leaves from time to time.
- Most succulents perform well in the temperature range between 50-90 F (10-32 C). To promote proper growth, protect the succulents from sudden temperatures changes and fluctuations.
- It will be good to change the growing medium at least once in 2 years.
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