Soft succulents or “tender succulents” are just as drought tolerant as hardy succulents and just as easy to care for, however they do not tolerate cold temperatures as well. The most common types are echeveria, haworthia, crassula, and aloe. These succulents come in beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes.
If planting outdoors make sure they receive lots of light. They can be planted in full – to partial sun. Make sure to bring these plants in during the cold months. If planted indoors make sure to place your plants in a sunny window or under grow lights. All succulents grow best in well draining soil. While they do not require fertilizer, you can fertilize in the spring to assist with growth. Use a low nitrogen fertilizer.
The biggest culprit that kills succulents is over watering. To make sure this does not happen to your beautiful plants make sure that you give your succulents a deep soak then let the soil fully dry before watering again. This will also help with promoting good root health. Pots with drainage holes are the best option, however if you do not have draining holes make sure your pot has a good layer of crushed rock at the bottom. Just be careful with watering to avoid standing water that can cause the roots to rot. Younger plants will require more frequent watering to promote root growth.
During the winter months succulents go through a dormant period and will require less water. Only water when the soil is fully dry. Plants in smaller containers may need to be watered more frequently than a larger one.
Like all plants, succulents are not resistant to pesky pests. The most common is the Mealybug, which is very easy to control. If you notice an infestation on your succulents, first quarantine your plant. You want to avoid them spreading. Next use a Q-tip with 70% isopropyl alcohol and and apply on the leaves of the plant. As an alternative you can use a spray bottle with the alcohol.