Succulents are your thing where gardening is concerned. And why shouldn’t they be? Succulents are sun-loving plants that are low maintenance and can be quite mesmerizing in their own way. What’s not to love about them? You might say they seem to never grow (part of their charm I dare to say) or if they do, it’s at such a snail’s pace that it’s almost unnoticeable.
Now, it’s all very good that many people prefer them because of their slow growth so they don’t have to transplant them into bigger pots after a few months. For those who want more interaction with their plant and want their succulents to show visible growth within 4 months, we have compiled a list for you. Follow general succulent care (full sun to partial sun in the hottest months, careful watering and a well-drained soil are basics) and see these succulents thrive quickly.
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This succulent can be grown both in the coastal and inland regions. It thrives best in full sun in the cooler months, however you must provide it with partial shade in the hotter months. Water sparingly during summers but reduce watering to once a month during winters.
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This rosette succulent is what you should go for if you want to cover an area as it grows horizontally. It’s a big rosette with baby ones, hence the name ‘hen and chicks’. It can grow 2 or more feet wide and is a good alternative if you are looking for plants that are deer-resistant. It requires partial shade in the hottest months in the southern regions of the country. Another best thing about this beauty is that you never have to bother fertilizing it.
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Sedum is another easy to grow and comparatively fast-growing succulent. It dazzles you with its ruby shaded leaves on receiving full sun, but it turns green if it lacks sunlight. You can easily spread this plant with a stem; water after two weeks from planting. People also prefer this succulent as it’s almost pest free. If you see any mealy bugs or scales, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and apply on the affected areas. Fungus is a sign of over-watering, so let the soil dry until your next watering session.
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These exquisite succulents will thrive if you provide them with full sun and cautious watering. Unlike other succulents that require water after drying out, they wrinkle up from lack of water and develop root rot if frequently watered. Water your plants when the top layer of soil is dry but keep an eye out for soggy roots. This succulent benefits from water-soluble fertilizer every six months after routine watering.
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If you like Aloe Veras then you are bound to find this species even more striking because of its white zebra tints. The leaves turn brown in case of over or under watering, giving you a hint to revise your watering schedule. This can also be a result of direct sun for prolonged hours so make sure you take measures for this if you notice any brown patches on the leaves of this succulent.
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These hardy succulents are easy to look after with only an occasional attack of mealybug to worry about. Remove the infected areas if you notice them early, otherwise apply alcohol to get rid of them. This plant looks gorgeous in a number of ways, but hanging baskets are especially great because the stem becomes a pendant as it grows further. It displays it rosy-tinged edges of opposing triangular leaves when it receives bright sunlight.
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The last but not least on our list of succulents is the Christmas cactus, a hassle-free plant that blooms beautifully in return of your love and care. This specie grows best if you feed it every month from April to October. Keep it out in the summers but bring it in when the temperatures are too low. The plant needs “night time “of 12-14 hours, six weeks before blooming. This means keep the plant in a dark room (no artificial light must reach the plant) and provide a temperature from 50-65 degree Fahrenheit.
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