Plastic does not insulate well and does not tend to stand up to extreme temperatures well either. Succulents planted in plastic pots and exposed to extreme temperatures are more likely to suffer the ill effects of the cold or heat than those planted in terracotta pots.
In this manner, do succulent pots need holes?
Succulents need their roots to dry out quickly. They don’t like to sit in water for more than a day or two and will begin to rot if they stay wet for much longer. This is why I highly recommend using pots with a drainage hole when you are first starting out with succulents.
In this regard, is it bad to keep plants in plastic pots?
The solution: Keep your houseplants in their plastic nursery pots for at least the first year. … “The size of the pot doesn’t make the plant grow faster, and with all that extra soil it makes it harder for the roots to get the water and nutrients they need.”
Do succulents do better in clay or plastic pots?
The best pots for succulents are made from terracotta or ceramic. Both of these materials are breathable, which encourages proper water drainage and air circulation. Just remember that both terracotta and ceramic are heavy, especially once you add soil and plants.
Unlike clay, plastic is non-porous, which means it doesn’t let in or out as much moisture or oxygen. As a result, plastic planters retain moisture for nearly double the time of clay planters. That means if you’re the type that tends to forget to water your plants, plastic is probably a safer option than clay.
As a rule, succulent plants do not mind crowding whether the plants are grouped in one container or are alone and fully filled out in the container. Transplanting a plant that has filled its container will generally allow the plant to experience a new spurt of growth.
Succulents love direct sun, but if yours is sitting in the same exact spot day after day, it’s likely that only one side is getting enough light. … Succulents will lean towards the sun, so rotating them will help them stand up straight. (Leaning may also be a sign that they need to be in a sunnier spot.)
A general rule of thumb is to repot succulents every two-years, at least as a way to provide fresh fertile soil. The best time to repot is at the beginning of a succulent’s growing season – this gives the plant the highest chance of survival.
How often should I water my succulent? You should water your succulents every other week during non-winter months when temperatures are above 40 degrees. During the winter time (when temperatures are below 40 degrees) you should only water your succulent once a month because it is dormant during this time.
Charcoal has been widely used in horticulture especially in growing Cactus and Succulents. … 1) Charcoal is best used as a reservoir of soil nutrients. Charcoal can absorb soil nutrition, store and release whenever the nutrient level goes down.
Choose high-quality potting soil that is well draining. And if your plants need even more drainage, instead of putting gravel in the bottom of your pot, try mixing in perlite, PermaTill, or organic matter into your potting soil to increase drainage throughout the pot.