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How to Care for Your Succulents This Winter

Part of the beauty of collecting succulents, as we all know, is their ability to survive with very little maintenance. However, succulents are still living organisms. Just because they’re simple to care for doesn’t mean they can be ignored.

This is especially true in winter. No matter where you live, dropping temperatures and less sunlight means that plants of all kinds will need a little extra attention.

Run through this checklist of questions and make sure your succulents are winter ready.

Can my succulent handle cold weather?

It depends on the plant. Some plants are hardy, some less so. Hardy plants can stay outside. Softer succulents should be brought indoors.

Winter-hardy succulents:

  • Sedum Spathulifolium
  • Sempervivum Arachnoideum ‘Hen and Chicks’
  • Aeoniums

Softer succulents:

  • Echeveria
  • Aloe
  • Kalanchoe humilis

How much light does my succulent need?

Your succulents don’t need direct sun, but it’s important that they get enough bright light. If you live in an area where it’s extra dark in the winter, place your succulents closer to the windows.

If you live in a place where the sun shines very little, consider a grow light to make sure your plants get a healthy dose of rays.

Do I need to fertilize my succulents?

It’s not a good idea to fertilize your succulents during the winter. They’re naturally going to enter dormancy as the temperature drops and the days shorten. They’re hibernating, so don’t wake them.

Do my succulents need water in winter?

Again, your succulents are hibernating. Don’t expect them to grow during this time. Water them once a month (unless one is especially dry). They don’t need as much water when they’re not growing.

Is it bad if my succulents are cold?

If they’re hardy and outside, then of course not. But the indoor plants can also stay pretty cool. Let them chill out at about 55-65 degrees. Coolness indicates to the plant that it’s winter, and therefore that it is not time to wake up to grow.

When can my plants go back outside?

Depending where you live, probably not until about September. Keep an eye on your succulents and make sure they’re not shriveling.

Of course, you also don’t want to over water. Pay attention to your plants and the soil–that’s a better indicator of their needs than anything else!

Summer Clayton

Summer Clayton has always loved getting her hands dirty. Ever since she was a kid playing in her grandparents’ garden, Summer wanted to learn everything she could about plants. Now she wants to help you grow a bigger, better, greener garden.

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