Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Young succulents and direct sun?

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Dec 28, 2017 7:57 AM CST
Anyone with advice on caring for young succulents plants and their lighting needs?

Most of my plants are propagated from leaves and still only a few months old. They seem to be stretching as if they have low light. However, if I lift the blinds (they're in a South facing window that receives direct sun 9:30am-4pm) they seem to decline.

I know the sunlight is not actually direct coming through the window glass, but I'm beginning to think the light or heat on my young ones is just too intense for them.
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Dec 28, 2017 8:07 AM CST
What kind of supplemental lights do you have (or not have)?

You might consider watering less. When plants get more water, they think it is summer and they need to grow. If the lighting is sub-par (and indoors it almost certainly is, even with supplemental lights), they need less water than you think until they go back outside.
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Dec 28, 2017 8:19 AM CST
The only lighting I have for them is sitting them in front of the South facing window. The window gets full complete sun for roughly 7 hours, granted it's a good sunny day.
I could possibly be over watering. They get well misted every 3-4 days. I know it doesn't completely soak the soil, only the top most layers and it drys with the warmth they receive in the window.
But I can definitely see how they do with a little less watering.
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Dec 28, 2017 10:47 AM CST


Lift the blinds. You cannot provide too much light indoors to your succulents this time of year. Any time you make a big change (like lifting the blinds) you can try to soften its effect on the plants by making it gradual, and that's a good rule of thumb, but this time of year it's way less important because the sun is way less strong.
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Feb 19, 2018 3:47 PM CST
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Feb 21, 2018 9:43 AM CST
i seem to be completely incapable of getting those cute rosette succulents to stay compact and not get leggy. It's why I don't buy them anymore.
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Feb 21, 2018 10:37 AM CST
It sounds like your rosette plants just need more light and maybe less water.
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Feb 21, 2018 10:53 AM CST
Hello Med93, during winter, it is okay to put the younger succulents by your south facing window. I would caution you though about misting them, it may be that aspect of watering that is causing the decline of your young plants. Stomates of succulents are closed during the day, so misting does not really work for them. It is at night when they open up, but still not recommended to do misting at night for your plants indoors, it may just invite rot if the water stays far too long on their leaves. It is a different interaction if they are outdoors. So better do waterning only as needed during the day, to allow the water to drain out well.

Too much water at this time of the year is not good for them. Better to water the soil thoroughly once and leave them alone. They are not that water needy this time since it is colder and they are indoors. It is a different scenario if they are actually grown outdoors where there is more interaction with natural light and air, with more gas exchange occuring at night. But still follow the usual consideration, much less water during the cold season.

Got to understand that apart from the lighting needs, have to balance it out with the amount of water the plants should or should not be receiving depending on the time of the year. Adjust/lessen watering as needed.

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