Learn how to fertilize succulents

Often people think that you don’t need to fertilize succulents. As with most plants, succulents will benefit from regular fertilizing. Find out how often you should fertilize and what you should use!

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As with all plants, succulents need nutrients to help them grow healthy and beautiful. Surprisingly though not many people think succulents need fertilizer! While they can get some of the nutrients they need from the soil, fertilizer will help them grow more full and produce better colors. You do have to be careful not to use a fertilizer that is too strong, otherwise the succulents can burn. However, the right fertilizer used every few months can dramatically change how well your succulents thrive.

Over the winter I got to photograph with Cindy Davison of The Succulent Perch and she was kind enough to give me a bag of Haven Brand Manure Tea. I highly recommend this for a succulent fertilizer. You can also use Miracle Grow Cactus Fertilizer, but I think the tea works much better, plus it won’t burn the succulents, even in large amounts.

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The idea behind manure tea is great: it’s like using compost or manure as fertilizer, but you don’t get messy and it doesn’t stink. It’s a great natural way to fertilize succulents and my succulents loved it! It is really safe for the succulents and they grew so much larger and healthier than they would have other wise.

You’ll get 3 bags for $12.95 including shipping. Only available in the United States.

Until January 20th, if you purchase two sets of tea bags ($25.90 total) you’ll get an extra tea bag free!

Preparing manure tea

Remove the tea bag from the packaging (but leave the tea bag as is) and then place it in a 5 gallon bucket (or any large bucket you have).

Place your manure tea bag in the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket and then fill it with water

Fill the bucket nearly to the top with water. Run the water over the tea bag as you fill the bucket. The directions suggest using somewhere between 1 and 5 gallons of water. I used 5 gallons.

Steep your manure tea for several days for a more potent fertilizer

Cover the bucket and let the tea bag sit in the water for a few days. I didn’t want to fish the bag out of the water later, so I left the string hanging over the edge of the bucket.

Cover the manure tea while it steeps

After 2-3 days (or longer… I accidentally left mine for 4), open up the bucket and remove the tea bag. Now you can begin fertilizing!

After 3-4 days of steeping your manure tea is ready to use!

Click next to see how often to use the manure tea and other fertilizers!


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100 Responses to Learn how to fertilize succulents

    • You can fertilize indoors, however, unless you are getting plenty of sunlight I would wait until you can place them outside to fertilize them.

  1. Hi,

    A five gallon bucket of fertilizer will last me probably forever! Will this manure tea retain its potency and effectiveness for a long time?

    • Once it is made up you should use it within a day or two. However, you can mix it in smaller quantities and let the tea bag dry out in between. It will make about 5 gallons total.

    • Freezing may work, or you can mix it up in smaller batches. You can make a gallon at a time and let the tea bag dry out in between.

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