Unboxing Your Package

Many customers have been asking how to, so we have decided to put together a few things on what works for us.

#1 Rule: Do what works best for you!

These are the 1, 2, 3’s of succulenting that we came up to assist our customers. If you find something works better for your project then by all means, keep to it. The objective is to grow healthy beautiful plants by any means possible.

 

Shipping Boxes

We recommend tearing your box’s open. We try to pack the Gift box’s tight in the Shipping box so there is less movement. This at times might cause a little difficulty to remove the internal Gift box’s. If you find the seam and pull the Shipping box apart it should unfold releasing the Gift box’s inside.

Gift Boxes

We have also found if you pull the gift box’s apart at the seam it greatly reduces the chance of pulling a leaf off during the unpacking process. We Package our plants with a crinkle paper to mitigate the movement and damage to each plant. We do understand that there will be some damage on some orders due to the shipping process and if this does happen please email us a photo of what happened right away at:

support@fatplantssandiego.com

Plants

Because all of our plants are in a growth medium of Soil, Perlite, Coco fiber, and or Peat Moss (Besides the cuttings packages), we add Spanish Moss around the base to keep it intact. This keeps the medium contained in the pot as much as possible.

The Spanish moss needs to be removed.

If left in the pot it can become extremely saturated rotting out the base of any plant and eventually suffocating/drowning the roots.

As much as we try to contain this there will still be some loose Soil and or Perlite in the box as you unpack. If this gets on the plants please blow it off and water over the leaves.

Replanting

The logic: your plants would like more room to grow. With that they do not necessarily NEED to be moved into larger pots. Succulents and Cactus grow to the size of their pots, If you would like to keep them in the pots provided you can with no worries. But...

They will LOVE you if you give them a larger home. The typical upgrade from a 2″ pot would be to a 4″ pot. From a 4″ pot to a 6″ pot. If you are doing an arrangement with multiple plants make sure to give them a little space to grow.

Remember the season too, if you are making an arrangement in the fall you will not need to worry about growth until about February/March. If you are making an arrangement in the Spring or late winter remember this is their time to grow, flower and the best part: put off pups!!!

We recommend giving your 2″ plants at least an inch between them and two inches between the 4″ selection.

Soil

There are MANY soils out there. Most will work but only a few are designed for Cactus and Succulents.

BE SURE YOU ARE USING THE PROPER SOIL!!!

If you do not know what soil mixture to use and are purchasing the premixed bags from your local garden section then look for the bags marked “Cactus and Succulent Mix”. These will be sufficient to grow your plants. If you do not have access to any of these and/or want to mix your own make sure to have plenty drainage.

Drainage is important to succulents and Cactus, They have a small root base that needs to breathe and dry. These are water efficient plants that store most of the moisture needed in their fat leaves (Hence the name “Fat Plants”) and uptake water as needed.

A good mixture will include a healthy portion of a draining agent like Perlite. Most nurseries like to use Peat Moss, Coir, Perlite and Sand. Sand is used as a ballast for larger pots and has not real attribute outside of weight, Most smaller pots/plants do not need or require Sand in the mix.

Water

Ah Yes… The never ending question. When do I water my Succulents? The short answer, Only when needed. But how will I know when that is? The answer to this comes in many forms. Remember its better to under water than to over water. Succulents will show signs of under watering by pruning (the leaves will start to wrinkle) the good thing is they will plump back up if caught in time.

There is no coming back from over watering.

When you over water you basically drown your plants. a quick rule of thumb is to give your plants a healthy watering when the soil is dry and ONLY when its dry. That would be to the touch and check about an inch down. You can also get on a schedule if you do not want to saturate the plants during watering, or if you are in a pot without drainage holes (terrarium type of containers).

Please note: WE DO NOT RECOMMEND USING A POT WITHOUT DRAINAGE HOLES.

If you try this method then you will use a small portion of water and apply it weekly in the Summer/Spring, and biweekly in the colder Winter and Fall Seasons. This method has an increased risk of over watering.

Feeding

Like most live things Succulents and Cactus like to eat. They are slow growing so they do not need much but you will notice a difference if you feed your plants. This goes with any plant. We suggest using a liquid nutrient during watering and/or adding a time release to the soil when you relocate them into larger pots. Recommended Nutrient links will be added shortly here.

Lighting

Plants need light to survive and thrive. We can not express this in any other way. The more light the happier your plants will be (with some discretion). Know what kind of light your plant likes. Direct Full Sun, Partial Sun, and Indirect light. Acclimate your plants to the proper environment. Most plants you purchase over the internet will come from indoor Greenhouses or Hoophouses. This means you should not place them in full sun right away. Think of swimming, You would not throw a child into the deep end and ask them to do sprints. This is what you are asking for if you place your plants in full sun straight out of the box.

Most of the plants we ship are fairly young and need to get familiar to your climate and environment before being asked to perform and a high level. If you see leaves scabbing or browning from the center of the leaf you are burning them and will need to pull them back into indirect light. South facing windows are best in North America.

Climate

With all the info above we have come to what your plants like in temperature. Cactus and succulents like a Warm to Hot day and cool chilly nights. The heat will most likely never be an issue but the cold on the other hand can cause some irreversible damages. Because Succulents are made up of mostly water they freeze. Once they freeze you can plan on digging them up and/or tossing them out. Freezing is 32F so the closer you get to this the worse off the plants will be. As a general rule of thumb if you are getting into temperatures below 40F then you need to be aware of the Succulents surroundings. Most well established Cactus can withstand temperatures to as low as 20F, But I would not test it if you are not 100% Sure remember there is no coming back from freezing.

There is a delicate balance in the colder months with getting enough light during the day, Yet not leaving plants in the window to freeze at night. If it is warm in your house that does not mean your windows and surrounding areas feel the same.

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