Succulents and cacti require well draining, porous soil. We suggest making soil with other mediums, such as: gravel, sand, perlite, lava rock, etc. As a test, the soil shouldn't clump together when squeezed in your hand. When planting in pots, make sure the pots have drainage holes and allow the soil to dry quickly.
Most succulents, at mile high altitude, don't want a full day of direct sun, as it can be too intense. Most cacti will still enjoy long days in the direct sun. Keep succulents and cacti on the windowsill or near a window, just be sure they don't freeze or overheat. Most succulents do well in partial sun to bright filtered light. Artificial light can supplament if needed.
Succulents and cacti are adapted to dry climates and are therefore, drought tolerant. They prefer to have their soil totally dry out between waterings. Use dechlorinated room temperature water, and water the plants thoroughly but do not drench as they like to have their soil dry quickly. Generally we water plants in small pots one every 1-2 weeks and big pots every 3-4 weeks.
Identify plants to learn about their native habitats, in order to care for them better.
Some types go through dormant season, where they prefer not to be watered.
Usually the more light a plant receives, the more frequent its waterings should be.
Most cacti tend to require less frequent waterings than succulents.
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