How often do succulents flower? In this article I am going to answer how often and when do succulents bloom.
Are you interested in knowing when do succulents bloom? Most of us do. Unfortunately, some succulents do not follow a regular blooming period.
This is because some of these plants are monocarpic. This means that some succulents of this category only bloom once.
Examples of this are Sempervivum and aeonium. These succulents will die after their first and last bloom. But the good thing is that they’ll generate babies that continue to thrive after the mother plants die.
Here are some tips for caring flowers on your succulents. When you see the stalk of flowers on your succulents be sure to keep away aphids around it. Guard your plants against a pest that could destroy your plant.
To protect them from pests you need to spray 50-70% alcohol product or horticulture soap. Do this before aphids get attracted to the blooming succulents.
Remember when the flowers are developing, it is recommended to place it in sunlight and be careful not to burn the leaves and pads. If it’s placed outside while flowering, make sure to give 1 hour of sunlight every day.
For indoor succulents, you can use a heat lamp or grow light (check the one that I recommend on Amazon). This is perfect during winter or rainy days.
The temperature has an impact on your succulents. If you want to get your succulents to blooming you must provide enough sunlight. Succulents need warm temperatures.
Succulents need to undergo photosynthesis to produce its flower. It is advisable to place in an eastern or southern window where they get enough sunlight.
How you’ll know when to re-water the succulents?
Well, when its top two inches (5cm) of soil is dry, succulents do need to be re-watered. Watering is the basic care that we can do to survive and bloom our plants.
When you see the water passed in the drainage hole it means it’s enough. Be sure not to drown your succulents. Speaking of drowning, it is the main cause of death of succulents. That’s why it’s important to choose the best container for your succulents.
On the other hand, the soil of your dear succulent must fertilize your succulents once a month. Don’t use any fertilizer except phosphorus fertilizer.
The blooming time of succulents depends on their seasons. For instance, Aloe Vera typically blooms in summer, but can also bloom in another season.
On General, When Do Succulents Bloom?
In most cases, succulents bloom first time at the age of four to six years. Some could bloom four years below.
Aside from temperature or season, age, watering, sunlight, fertilizer, and amount of water we also considered the photoperiod of succulents. The photoperiod is significant to Biological Clock.
Biological clocks are an organism’s inherent timing device. It said that this biological clock has a specific molecule (protein) interacting cells throughout the plant.
For example, Schlumbergera Cultivaras also has known as Holiday Cacti needs a long-night and short days.
When succulents bloom, they also undergo pollination. Pollinators in the wild such as insects and other animals help succulents/ plants to pollinate.
Pollination is another way to survive and continuity of plant or succulent species. Some succulents can’t self-pollinate. The only way to generate more succulents is cross-pollination.
Mostly, cacti growers are doing seed collection in order to reproduce a set of plants. Some succulents can be done by leaf and stem propagation. With these two ways, you can now choose how you want to reproduce your succulents.
Remember that some succulents’ leaves are fragile, they easily break off.
The Best Soil for Succulents
Soil is one of the most important ingredients for succulents to blooming. Different soils have different characteristics that can be good or maybe bad to a specific plant. If you are interested in DIY plotting soil, I will give you tips on how to make it.
The best potting soil for succulents is the one that has a good draining capability. This will help the water to continuously flow and absorb by particles of the soil.
One of the recommended soil is porous. It is also known as “pores” because of its large gaps within the particles. Its structure is like the combination of particles of clay, sand, and silt. It is best for your succulents because it will able to hold air and water.
The pores will manage the movement of air and water. The number of pores and size affects the amount of water the soil can hold.
How to Make Succulent Soil
Making your DIY Succulent soil can make you save money. Also, the materials or ingredients are easy to find. These ingredients are found in your local garden center, or online. Bonus, you can also sell your home-made succulent soil to other succulent lovers.
In this DIY you need three ingredients such as potting soil, coarse sand (turface or poultry grit), and pertile or pumice. When making a plotting mix it is advisable to use porous soil as the base of your succulents.
Vermiculite or any kind of moisture control plotting mix is not advisable. Your succulents soil will hold too much moisture which is bad for the succulents. Garden soil is not also advisable.
Coarse sand is the second ingredient. You can use any type of sand except the really find stuff. Remember not to use sand from the garden, beach, or sandbox. You may use turface or poultry grit instead.
Perlite, on the other hand, consists of very lightweight organic soil. It looks like small pieces of styrofoam. Perlite holds little moisture which is good for the succulents. It helps the succulent to maintain just enough amount of water.
Aside from the ingredients, you also need other materials such as measuring containers, trowel and mixing containers. Any measuring and mixing containers will do.
To get started all you have to do is to combine all ingredients and mix them all in your mixing container. Then, stir all ingredients together. And there you are, you already have to DIY succulent soil.
I hope this simple post helps. Happy growing succulents! To learn more about succulents, visit my Succulent Growing Guide.