How to keep them alive:
Plant in porous, unglazed pots such as terra-cotta, using well-draining soil. Try Bonsai Jack cactus/succulent mix, or make your own. For fat-leaved succulents, mix equal parts lava/volcanic rock and organic potting mix; for thinner-leaved varieties, equal parts pumice and potting mix.
Succulents love sunny morning light and bright shade for the rest of the day. Place them in a south- or east-facing window. Protect plants from scorching by covering windows with a sheer curtain.
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Place a saucer under the pot, soak the soil, and then empty the saucer of drained water. Let soil dry out almost completely between waterings. The fleshier the succulent, the less often it will need to be watered.
Move succulents away from heaters in winter if you want spring blooms. As the plants enter dormancy, a cool atmosphere (ideally 45°F to 55°F) helps produce buds.
In spring, apply an organic fertilizer diluted by half.
Three kinds to try:
“If there’s one thing plants want to do,” notes Debra Lee Baldwin, author of Succulents Simplified, “it’s reproduce.” Still, to maximize your chances of success, get started with one of these three easy varieties.
These are some of the easiest succulents to propagate. Make sure several leaves remain on the original stem so the parent plant can photosynthesize and regrow.
Graptos grow in rosettes and come in many colors. Their fat leaves contain all the nutrients needed to grow a new plant. Keep them in indirect sunlight, since they are susceptible to scorching. (Follow these step-by-step pictures to see how to easily propagate your succulents.)
Left to their own devices, these plants’ bubble-like leaves fall off and land under the mother plant, where they grow into new plants unassisted.