Knowing how much water your succulents need is key to keeping them healthy. Nearly all of our plants are native to arid and dry regions, including here in California. Succulents prefer to be in well-drained soils. This way, the water can flow past the root system and avoid getting waterlogged. Keeping soil damp for too long can result in a succulent rotting. Allow the soil to dry out before proceeding to water your plants again. Watering frequency also depends on the weather. Here are some quick tips:

-Feel for moisture in the soil. If it's damp or wet, avoid watering until it dries out.

-If your succulent is in a container, check by weight. If it is heavy, then there is already water within the soil. If it feels very light, then it is lacking water.

-Remember, you can kill a succulent faster by over-watering it rather than not watering it enough, and each plant is different! Please ask us if you are unsure.


Our succulents are planted in our own Red Mountain Succulents soil blend; which contains coco coir, perlite, green sand, and other natural additives. This organic matter allows water to drain easily through the soil while also retaining what water is needed. Cactus and/or palm mix does not work well for succulents because it has a lot of mulch and keeps the soil too dry. They do not require constant fertilizing, but they do like trace minerals, which can be obtained by using our soil mixture. Please ask us if you would like to purchase our natural soil blend.


While many succulents can tolerate full sun, the ideal setting would also include partial shade. Keep in mind, succulents are not the same as some cacti which can thrive with no shade. That being said, the more established a succulent is, the more hardy it will be. Some of our succulents prefer full sunlight while others prefer full shade.


A majority of our succulents are frost tolerant. A select few are not suitable for temperatures below 20 degrees fahrenheit. Succulents can withstand heat extremes in excess of 100 degrees fahrenheit. Although the soil may dry out more quickly, which would result in them needing more frequent watering. These plants are very hardy.



To know when to water your tillandsia, and how much, is important. Having a spray bottle for air plants is one of the easiest ways to control watering. Depending on how dry or warm it is, misting an air plant 1-3 times a week is all that it takes. When misting, make sure that the whole air plant is covered with moisture and is dripping. Another method of watering is to soak the entire air plant, or submerge it, in a dish of water. This method works best if an air plant has not been misted for a week or two (or longer), or if it has been drying up. When soaking, early morning works best so that it can dry out during the day.



Sunlight is necessary for tillandsias to grow, however, constant and direct sunlight can kill a tillandsia. Ideally, an air plant grows best under bright and indirect sunlight. Areas such as under covered patios, windows with blinds or curtains, and under shaded trees work best. These are not the only areas an air plant will thrive, but they are the most common and work well when trying to get an air plant to bloom.




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