How to Winterize Outdoor Succulents
When the temperatures start to drop, succulents can still survive outdoors as long as they have a cozy place to retreat indoors. To winterize your succulent for the winter season, you will need to take a few steps before it gets too cold.
Benefits of Succulents
There are many benefits to succulents when it comes to winterizing them.
First, succulents are drought-tolerant plants, meaning they can survive in dry climates. This is a great bonus if you live in an area that experiences significant precipitation variations, like in the mountains.
Second, succulents do not need water as often as other plants. This means you can reduce the amount of water you use by watering succulents less frequently. Plus, if there is a prolonged drought or low water pressure, succulents may not even require watering at all!
Third, succulents have a high tolerance for low light levels. This means they will not become damaged as easily if your outside lighting diminishes during the winter months.
Fourth, Succulent plants are easy to propagate from cuttings. You can take a stem from a healthy plant and try to grow new plants by rooting the stem in water or soil.
Lastly, Succulent plants make great decorations for indoors and outdoors during the winter season! They add an interesting touch of greenery to any space while keeping your indoor temperatures comfortable!
How to Winterize an Outdoor Succulent
In order to winterize an outdoor succulent, start by confirming that the succulent is a hardy plant. Hardy succulents include Sedum acre and Crassula ovata. Next, remove any dead or damaged leaves. If the succulent has root systems, remove any roots that are above ground. Finally, cover the succulent with a layer of gravel or soil and pat it down.
How to Temper a Succulent’s Temperature
One of the most common questions we get here at the nursery is how to properly winterize succulents. The short answer is: it depends on the succulent.
Many succulents can be kept in a cool room with approximately 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, but there are many that prefer cooler temperatures or need to be kept colder for optimal health. For those succulents, we recommend following these steps:
1) Remove any dead or damaged leaves and trim away any excess growth.
2) Cut the plant down to around 1 inch above the ground and remove any dead roots.
3) Ideally, you will want to wrap the plant in some kind of heating pads, bricks, or other heat-generating object. (We use these all the time!) Set the plant near a sunny window or outside where it can receive some natural light.
4) Check on your succulent every few days and adjust its temperature as needed. Succulents should be kept at around 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit most of the year, but will likely become dormant during colder months. If your succulent appears to be dying or has lost color,
Tips and Tricks for Keeping a Succulent Healthy
Keeping your succulent healthy in the winter is a breeze with a little preparation and some common-sense tips. Here are five ways to keep your plant happy and healthy during the cold months:
- Keep soil moist but not soggy. Succulents like a slightly moist soil, but don’t let it get sopping wet. Water sparingly in the winter, using a misting system if necessary.
- Protect succulents from frost damage. Place them in a sheltered location if possible, cover them with a light layer of mulch, or wrap them in burlap or cloth before storing. Avoid placing them near windows where freeze-thaw cycles can cause heavy damage.
- Feed succulents monthly in the winter to ensure they have enough water and nutrients. A balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 will give succulents the nutrition they need while keeping their water content high enough to avoid root rot and other problems in cold weather.
- Keep an eye on succulents for signs of stress such as yellowing leaves or drooping branches, which could indicate overwatering or plant disease, respectively. Take corrective action before anything gets too serious .5. For pot-bound succulents, use repotting to correct any cramped roots. First, cut away the plant from the pot with a sharp knife. Fill a new container with potting soil and secure the wrists of the succulent in place. Then add some extra soil around it at the bottom of the new container, making sure that its roots do not go too deep before flipping it back into its original pot.6. Place succulents in indirect light or on top of a heating pad when they start to show signs of cool temperatures or stress in winter months.