As the seasons change and the temperature drops and gets colder, will your succulents be okay living outdoors? Will they grow and stay healthy? Will they freeze and potentially die? Those are common questions we get every single year during the winter, or when it starts getting close to winter.
In this article you will have your winter succulent questions answered. You’ll also learn how to properly care for your succulents when winter hits, also some tips and tricks we will be sharing for growing succulents in the winter.
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WILL YOUR SUCCULENTS SURVIVE DURING WINTER?
It really all depends. It depends on your location, and which type of succulents you are growing. If you live somewhere that gets super cold and a lot of snow then you will have to bring your succulents indoors. This all depends on the type of succulent tho. Such as “hardy succulents” which are succulents that can tolerate frost, and live in cold weather.
Now if you live in California or anywhere that doesn’t get too cold during the winter like the low being 48 degrees, then they will survive in the winter. It doesn’t matter which type of succulent you have, if the temperature is still about 40 degrees any succulent can live in the winter outdoors.
So technically yes, your succulents can survive during the winter, but you have to find out which type of succulents you are growing, also if your location makes sense. It just really all depends on the type of succulent, and where you are growing it.
PREPARE YOUR SUCCULENTS FOR INDOORS
If you know your succulents won’t survive winter don’t panic! You can still grow them, and they will still grow healthy and beautiful! You will just have to move and start growing them indoors!
CHECK FOR BUGS/PESTS
Before you do this, it is very important to examine your succulents first. Simply check your succulents for mealybugs or other pests feeding on them. You can always spray them with a surface of insecticide 3 weeks before you move them in your home. This is important because you don’t want pests or mealybugs feeding on your succulent, also invading your home and other houseplants.
WATERING 1 LAST TIME
Before you move your succulents indoors for the winter, it is very important to water them 1 last time before you move them inside. You should water them 2-3 days before you move them inside for the winter. Waiting 2-3 days will make sure they have a chance to soak up the water and dry out completely.
You want your succulents to be full of water before moving, this will give them a chance to dry out completely. This is why it’s important to make sure your succulents get one last drink before you move them.
USE RAMSEY SUCCULENT SOIL
We recommend using arguably the best succulent soil out there "Ramsey Succulent Soil"
Ramsey Succulent soil is arguably the best succulent soil on the market simply because it gets the job done and is loaded with nutrients.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has ingredients such as perlite, sand, and seaweed. Perlite and sand are known as the best ingredients out there if you want your soil well-drained. The perlite and sand will soak up all the excess water that your succulent does not need, preventing the soil from staying soaking wet for several days. So yes, Ramsey Succulent Soil will prevent mold/bacteria and root rot (the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die) simply because there will be no excess water.
That's not all tho.
What makes Ramsey Succulent Soil arguably the best are the nutrients that's in the soil. These nutrients will help your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has seaweed fertilizer, which has 60 trace minerals and nutrients. Yes, your succulents will be absorbing 60 trace minerals and nutrients. This will make your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier without a doubt. Compared to other succulent soil, this succulent soil will make a huge huge difference for your plants. Don't believe us? Check out this picture below. You can definitely tell which succulent soil is better for your succulents.
USE A POT WITH A DRAINAGE HOLE
If the pot your succulent was using outside had a drainage hole then you’re good to go! Just empty out and replace the old soil with new soil. If your pot doesn’t have a drainage hole then no big deal! Succulents can still grow without one! Check out our article on how to do it!
It is important to use a pot with a drainage hole because it will drain all the excess water out. This will also prevent root rot for your succulents!
BRING YOUR SUCCULENTS INSIDE
Now it is time to bring your succulents inside for the winter!
Make sure you bring your succulents in during the last couple of weeks of fall! You must bring them in during fall because if you bring them in during winter then your succulents may sense the cold weather. Be prepared and do it early!
If you are just reading this and it's winter and cold outside, don’t worry! Just do it ASAP it’s better late than never!
INDOOR CARE GUIDE
Pot your succulents in your pot with a drainage hole, using your fast/well draining succulent soil. Let it sit for about 5 days before watering because you just watered it! It has enough water soaked in it and doesn’t need anymore for about 5 days.
After you water your succulent, make sure you keep a schedule and water it once a week. Water your succulent once a week, or when the soil is completely dry. When the soil is completely dry it’s a sign your succulent may need a drink.
But don’t water too much! It’s better to underwater than overwater! It is very important to keep track of when it was the last time you watered your succulent. If a problem like root rot does occur, then you will know exactly why. Most likely because you overwatered your succulent.
Make sure your succulent is getting enough sunlight/light. If your succulent does not get sunlight/light then your succulent will begin the process of etiolation.
Make sure your succulent gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. Place your succulent near a window or area that gets the most amount of sunlight. This is very important because if your succulent doesn’t get enough light, then etiolation will occur.
Etiolation happens when your succulent is stretching and not growing. It is simply looking for a source of light so it stretches trying to find one! This is why it is very important to make sure your succulent is getting 6 hours of sunlight each day.
If your house doesn’t get much light or any light at all, then you might want to invest in some grow lights! This will help your succulents get light without the sun! It’s a must have if your house doesn’t get good or any sunlight at all!
Keep an eye out for your succulents to make sure they are growing healthy, and happy! If you notice any overwatering, underwatering, etiolation, root rot symptoms then you must take action immediately! We have many guides in our blog that will help you! If you do occur any of these problems, use the search bar in our website and you can find the articles!
Now you know exactly all about growing succulents in the winter, when to move them indoors, and how to care for them indoors!
Growing succulents in the winter is super easy! It’s just like growing regular houseplant succulents, people do it year round every single day!
Like we mentioned, it all depends on the type of succulent you have, and the area you live in! Your succulents will love to come indoors for the winter, and now you know exactly how to bring them in and care for them! They’ll grow healthy, and lovely!
Thank you for visiting our website and reading our article. We hope we brought value, and great information to you today. Our goal is to help fellow succulent lovers like you! Any questions or if you’d like more tips email us or comment below!
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