mikelsevilla asked:

So happy to have seen your blog.. I've just started collecting succulents! They are such a delight. But, like you, I live in a tropical country and the "guides" over the internet are quite confusing, really.. I'm hoping to see more of your succulents and your tips! :) Quick question: In a tropical country, does direct sunlight, really mean as in direct?? Haha.. I'm scared the sun will burn them!! PS. Can you include names of your succulents if you dont mind. :)

Herlo there! Thanks for the encouragement, it really means alot to me!

Where are you from? When I first started growing succulents, I can’t find any succulents guides for people who are living in a tropical country at all. I then started reaching out to forums and even searching facebook pages for any relative info. Turned out I found a small group of succulents lovers here in my country, and as we grew bigger we formed a facebook group dedicated to succulents lover in Malaysia.

But generally, i would say for beginners, you definitely need to “kill” a certain amount of succulents before you get the hang of it. It happened to me hahaha, I lost count of how many plants that died on my hands.

Tips are:

1) When in doubt, don’t water, especially when it rains a lot! Try not to water them on the leaves because if sunlight beamed through the water droplets on their leaves, you can imagine a magnifier burning an ant…

2) Succulents loooooves sunlight, especially that from 8~11am, 1.30~5pm.
Yes, direct as in direct sunlight! I find them really loving it! BUT BUT if the weather is suddenly turning really hot it’s best to keep them inside until the heat recedes. Also, some species really don’t like sunlight that much at all, for example the haworthias that grow well under shades. When you see burnt marks on leaves or if your succulents turned really dried up and dark, that’s when you should reduce the sunlight.

I know most of my succulents names in Chinese but sometimes I am really too lazy to search for its English name :P I will try to regardless!

Thanks for writing me and let’s keep in touch!

Jack.

lovetrx asked:

Hi Jack. I reeaally like your blog. Its fun. In fact it was so much fun I splurged nearly 100 bucks on them from various nurseries buying plants and pots.... Now I don't know how to proceed in taking care of 'em....poor sods...

Hi there! I am really glad that you love my blog! (Makes me REALLY HAPPY and encouraged :D)

Where are you from? 100 bucks in my country could get me about 40 pots of succulents. Just how many did you buy? hahaha. 

My advice to new succulents owners are: when in doubt, don’t water.

Also, they love direct sunlight from 8~11 am, 1.30 to 5pm (but when it’s summer, if your country has seasons, remember to avoid them from harsh sunlight.

I water mine about once in a month, and sometimes I get sooo busy I totally forget about watering them at all! They still do well but it’s really bad for their growth. Remember to keep them away from rainwater because water droplets that get stuck in between their leaves may kill them!

That’s about it, but I would say you will have “kill” a certain amount numbers of succulents until you get the hang of it. (I know…)
Anyway, do show me a picture of your succulents! I would loooove to have a look!

Hope to hear from you soon.

Jack

amei8866 asked:

i want ask u about "rock grows flowers".. i also buy the seed from taobao then how to plant it?thank you..

Hello amei!

I don’t encourage succulent collectors to grow ”rock grows flowers”, aka 石生花, lithops from seeds, especially in Malaysia. If you are from other seasonal country then it’s definitely worth a try! The climate here in Malaysia is simply too hot for the lithop seedlings to grow. I grew mine, they germinated but they didn’t survive long :( all of them died.

Anyway, if you have bought the seeds, here is a link i think is useful!
http://www.conos-paradise.com/en/information/lithops-cultivation.htm

What I know is, most succulent seedlings should be grown in a closed environment, with the soil kept damp (but not drowning them!). 


1. Get a plastic container, make about 10 holes at its bottom, then include some loose soil (just soil will do). 

2. Wrap the container with plastic wrap and poke holes on it as well.

3. Put them under shade and not directly under the sunlight. 

4. Make sure you keep the soil damp everyday :D

That’s all i know, good luck!

meikee86 asked:

Hi Jack, just came across your blog yesterday.. lovely succulents you have and you seem to have been giving them great care! They all look so healthy! I'm new at this I'm hoping you can help me.. I just got a few succulents 2 weeks ago and they looked great when I got them but now, the leave of one of them is shrivelling and falling off.. *sob.. I dunno whats wrong.. I left it on the balcony and watered it once a week.. whats worse is I just realise the roots hasn't even grown into the soil, the

Don’t worry! Succulents are relatively easy to take care of. Even if they get sick, there is a very high chance of them getting better : ) (but different species have different recovery rate).

Usually, succulents’ leaves fall off because 
1) (if the leaves are at bottom) they need nutrients to grow or recover so they “suck off” one of old leaves, and in this case, the leaves on top will always be healthy but the leaves at bottom will go drier and drier (metabolism). This is completely normal for succulents.

2) Temperature difference. Here at my place, some succulents are from highlands where the temperature is around 16 degree celcius. When I got them back (the temperature around my area is 25~30), they couldn’t get used to the weather and they will probably go hibernate and dry off. This happens sometimes but generally if you give them enough time they can get used of the temp. difference.

3) Overwatering. Once a week seems fine to me but sometimes (rarely though) it can kill them especially when the soil you use has problem passing water. The water get stuck in the soil and it can kill them!

4) Over exposed to sunlight. When this happen, there will be burnt marks on the succulent’s leaves.

Also, you mentioned that its roots haven’t grown into the soil, do you mean that there is no root on its stem, or do you mean that its roots have not grabbed the soil? If there is no root, do not water them anymore. If there are roots, plant them back.

But to really help you, I would need to look at them! Do take pictures of them and send it to me, or post it on your blog and notify me : )


Hope this helps!
Jack