What To Do When Your Succulent Blooms

The length of time that the flowers remain in bloom until they begin to close and dry up varies depending on the type of succulent plant. The flower stalks can be left alone, but as they continue to dry out, they truly start to look unsightly. Once the plant has finished blooming, it is advisable to remove the bloom stalks.

Cut the flower stalks off as near to the plant as you can without harming its leaves using sharp pruning shears or scissors. You can take care of your plant as usual after cutting the bloom stalks off. A succulent plant will often continue to bloom at roughly the same time each year after its initial bloom.

Should I prune my succulents’ flowers?

The majority of seasoned gardeners advise cutting the succulents in the early spring, before the new growth starts. In addition, you should prune flowering kinds during their latent period or right after they bloom. Keep in mind that pruning cuttings can take root in well-drained soil and develop into fresh, plump greens.

What does it signify when a succulent blooms?

Succulent flowers exist in a variety of sizes and shapes, but the most are created by nature to entice the insects that will pollinate them.

Succulents are frequently reluctant to blossom, especially if they are houseplants in containers.

For hints regarding the growth circumstances and seasonal cycles your plant needs, you should try to understand as much as you can about its original environment.

All that may be required for a plant to successfully flower is the provision of winter cold, summer heat, fertilizer, or more intense lighting.

For instance, cactus plants are well known for their beautiful, fleeting blossoms, which only develop after a protracted period of drought.

Epiphytes like Schlumbergera and Epiphyllum are deceivingly uninteresting until they suddenly flower with a large number of flowers.

Some succulent flowers emit scents that aid in helping insects find them. Due of their ability to attract flies that serve the same purpose, Stapelia and Huernia are referred to as “carrion flowers.”

Many succulent plants push their blossoms high into the air on arching stems, in contrast to some invading plants that create a carpet of texture.

When Do SucculentsBloom?

Different succulents bloom at different times; Sempervivums, for instance, don’t bloom until the second or third year.

No matter where you reside, the majority of cacti and succulents bloom around roughly the same time of year as they would in their natural habitat.

Aloes, Mammillarias, Euphorbias, and Crassulas will all offer you a lovely flower at the start of the year.

The variety of succulent flowering species is enormous by the middle to late Spring and early Summer. Including Gasteria, Kalanchoe, Echeveria, and Sedum.

While Holiday Cactus blooms later in the season, Sedums are still in flower in the Fall.

Numerous Echeverias, together with Cremnosedum, Lithops, Agaves, Pachypodium, Cerochlamys, and Glottiphyllum, are in bloom at the end of the year.

Your homes and yards will be illuminated by succulents’ natural displays, which resemble the best fireworks display.

Senecio is one of the few succulents that blooms at various times throughout the year; however, not all succulents bloom in cultivation at all or as effectively as they do in the wild.

What MakesSucculents Bloom?

Taxonomists classify flowering succulent plants based on the characteristics of their blossoms rather than their leaf structure.

A succulent bloom may be star-shaped, bell-shaped, tubular, frilly, or any combination of these. Some point upward for simple pollination, while others hang down to shield delicate areas.

Succulents are widely found in the desert environment. To set their blooming chemistry, they need greater temperatures in the summer.

Most of the time, climate-controlled homes lack the necessary temperature extremes.

Succulents kept indoors benefit from summertime relocation outside. The transition should be gradual so that they are gradually exposed to greater heat and sunlight over the course of a few weeks.

Cold winter temperatures and winter dormancy are necessary for desert plants to bloom in the spring.

Timing is crucial. Water is necessary for succulents to develop flower buds and new growth.

If they don’t get it, their tissues’ reserves of water that they require to withstand drought get depleted.

They survive but don’t flourish. Plants should be thoroughly watered during growth phases until the water drains from the drainage holes. Wait to rewater until the top inch of soil is completely dry.

Most succulents spend a portion of the year dormant. Cacti typically do this in the winter or plants like living stones in the summer (Lithops).

Succulents get a lot of direct and indirect light in nature, even if they’re growing behind a shrub. It can be challenging to reproduce this indoors.

The majority of cacti thrive well in windows on the east or south. To create the food necessary for blooming, most succulents require sunshine for half of the day, ideally in the morning.

There won’t be enough light for flowering if the succulent species with leaves or stems exhibit open and lax development. Globular cacti won’t flower if they are reaching for the light.

If kept in complete shade, succulents like different Gasterias, Haworthias, and some Aloes will blossom.

Succulents can be grown under grow lights if there is insufficient natural light. it might be simpler than you imagine. They produce a wide variety of ornamental fittings. And there are many different types of light bulb styles available in every home d├ęcor shop.

All living things, including humans and plants, have biological clocks that must be set by photoperiodicity.

Some succulents, like the holiday cactus (Schlumbergera), require frigid temperatures, long nights, and short days in order to develop bloom buds.

For many other succulents, the combination of higher spring temperatures and lengthening days signals the beginning of new growth.

The evenings of the plants can be made longer or shorter artificially by receiving extra light from the interior of the house. The occurrence may prevent flowers from blooming.

A plant will flower if it can since it is necessary to produce seeds in order for the species to survive.

To supply the components necessary for the development of flowers, they require plant nourishment.

Due to the lack of rain that would otherwise wash soil minerals away, desert dirt actually provides good nutrition for plants.

While the plant is growing, fertilize half-strength once every month. In late summer or early fall, stop feeding the plant.

To encourage bloom production, use a fertilizer with more phosphorus, such as 10-15-10.

Will It DieAfter It Blooms?

Monocarpic plants are prevalent in succulents. These particular succulents develop, bloom, produce seeds, and then perish.

Biennials have two growing seasons, perennials might take several years to flower, while annuals flower and set seed in just one year.

Although most succulents can repair their damage, it is always a good idea to remove any broken, sickly, or dead leaves, stems, or flower stalks as soon as possible.

There is a myth in Thailand that claims the quantity of flowers that blossom on a Crown of Thorns foretells the destiny of the plant’s caretaker.

Your Succulent Isn’t Getting Enough Light

All plants require light, but succulents particularly crave it. Your pal may be leggy if you don’t provide a sunny area where they can soak up the light.

Insufficient sunshine causes succulents to develop lengthy stems. They begin to turn and spread out in search of light during a process known as etiolation, which gives them a “leggy appearance with a long stem and smaller, spaced-out leaves.

It can be challenging to determine how much light your plant needs right immediately because every plant is unique. Try transferring the succulent to an area where it will receive more light if you find it starting to grow a long stem without adding more leaves. You might want to think about buying a tiny tabletop grow light if your house doesn’t have a place where the sun shines.

Do succulents have several blooms?

When your succulent plant produces its first flower, it can be difficult to know how to move further. They are stunning, opening sequentially from the base of the stem to the tip.

Because some plants are perennial and bloom repeatedly over the course of their lives, it is crucial to recognize them.

Some plants are “monocarpic,” which is botanical jargon for “once flowering,” and when they flower and set seed, the flowering rosette dies.

Like Echeveria, many succulents bloom all at once once a year. Depending on the species and variation, they like to choose the late summer and early fall to entertain us.

What is emerging from my succulent’s center?

When they don’t receive enough sunshine, succulents swell out. The succulent will first begin to turn and bend in the direction of the light source.

As it grows, the leaves will spread farther apart, making the plant taller.

The leaves are often smaller and paler in color than usual. The succulent will typically turn green or lose the strength of its original color when it is not exposed to sunshine.

This Echeveria ‘Lola’ is beginning to bend toward the light, and it isn’t quite as colorful as it was when I took the photo for the post about top dressings.

The majority of the time, this will occur when succulents are cultivated indoors, but it can also occur outside when succulents are exposed to too much shadow.

What are succulent puppies used for?

Some succulents, like hens and chicks, reproduce pups that are attached to their mothers by fine roots, allowing them to spread throughout the garden. According to Kremblas, these offshoots or pups frequently have their own roots and can be easily separated from the mother and potted independently. Others might require several weeks to form their own roots; handle these puppies as stem cuttings and plant once the roots appear. Rooting succulents from pups or leaves is simple for species like echeveria, aeonium, and jade.

How are succulent shoots used?

It’s crucial to understand that young plants won’t be harmed or affected by them, particularly those that develop near the mother plant’s base.

Although the offsets may appear cramped or unpleasant, they are precisely where they should be.

Have faith in Mother Nature’s processes. They have been engaged in this activity for a lot longer than we have.

Be Patient

I advise delaying their removal until the offsets are roughly half the size of the main plant. This guarantees that your infants receive the right nutrition and have the best chance of surviving on their own.

What’s Next?

Once your succulents begin to produce offsets, you might want to repot them in a little bigger container to provide room for the hen and the baby chicks.

With a pair of pruners, you can remove the offsets once they have grown to half the size of the mother plant.

Watch for the wound to callus. Put them in a shady, light area on top of fresh soil, don’t water them, and ignore them.

They will eventually take root in the ground, and then presto! You were successful in creating one to eight new playable plants.

Can a succulent flower stalk be planted?

Like cuttings, flower stalks can be propagated. Cut off close to where it is growing, wait a day for the wound to heal, then plant the succulent in potting soil or seed raising soil.

The cuttings should be left outside in a bright position, although it is better to place them away from direct sunlight, especially in the summer. The ideal location is 30 percent shade cloth or less.

We believe it is not really worth the effort to propagate from flower stalks because the likelihood that they would result in new plants is much lower than if you were to propagate via cuttings or offsets. Additionally, it takes much longer since the flower stalk must first root before it can begin to produce pups.

However, if you enjoy experimenting with plants and do not mind tossing away scraps, it is a pleasant project. Some flower stalk leaves can be used to propagate new leaves. This is rather inconsistent, as certain stalk leaves might simply result in the development of fresh flower stalks rather than a plant.

Must I remove the dead leaves from my succulents?

One of the most enjoyable aspects of growing succulents, in our opinion, is getting to remove all the dried leaves from the area around your plant’s base. Most individuals find it to be quite calming and enjoyable since it is so enjoyable and genuinely healing.

Aside from that interesting fact, you should remove any dried leaves and blossoms for the sake of your plant’s health. You can maintain the happiness and health of your plants by carrying out this easy chore.

New growth, New plants, New Blooms

Energy can be recycled back into the plant by removing any spent, dried-up bloom stalks and dry leaves from your succulents. Your plant will be able to produce new growth, blooms, and occasionally new rosettes or pups if you do this. And who doesn’t desire succulents that are bigger and more numerous?

To remove, gently lift the plant’s healthy leaves, and then pull any dried-out leaves from beneath. They ought to be rather simple to remove. If they don’t, you can either leave them to dry out more or, if they are past their prime and unsightly, try to snap them off completely.

Good Air Flow

Humidity, wetness, and/or succulents make for a dangerous and occasionally lethal mix. You may provide your plants sufficient air circulation and make it easier for the soil to dry out by removing these dried leaves from beneath your plants. Removing these dried leaves will assist avoid the growth of rot, mildew, and/or illnesses, especially in humid or very rainy weather. Additionally, air circulation around the plant’s base is made possible by this procedure.

Less Pests

Succulents are susceptible to a wide range of pest attacks, just like most other plants. Getting rid of the dead leaves beneath your plant can also help deter pests. Little insects adore wet areas where they may hide and reproduce. A succulent’s compressed lower leaves are likely to retain moisture around the plant’s base, which will attract pests. Your plant has a higher chance of repelling these pests if you remove these leaves.

Another alluring nesting habitat for bugs, specifically aphids, can be bloom stalks. If you see that your blooms are starting to develop this bug problem, you can either completely remove the bloom stalk or treat the bloom with a mix of diluted rubbing alcohol and water. These bugs frequently spread disease to surrounding plants and flowers if the situation is left untreated. In order to remove bloom stalks from your plant, either gently wriggle the stalk back and forth or, if it hasn’t dried up yet, snap or cut it low.

Do we have any ASMR fans out there??

We made this little movie to demonstrate how to take these leaves off your plants, but since we adore succulents, it also serves as our take on ASMR. Am I correct?

(According to The Urban Dictionary, ASMR’s sole function is to help people unwind. The goal of ASMR videos is to relax the viewer by sending a tingling sensation down their spine or back.