Four Care Tips For Succulents In The Winter

Proper care is essential for the health and longevity of succulents throughout the year. It becomes particularly crucial to adjust their care routine during the winter months. Succulents are known for their ability to thrive in arid conditions, but they can be sensitive to cold temperatures and frost.

Here are four tips for taking care of your succulents this winter:

Water - One important aspect of winter care for succulents is adjusting their watering schedule. During this time of year, succulents enter a period of dormancy where they experience slower growth and require less water. It's important to reduce the frequency of watering and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering during the winter can lead to root rot and other issues. It is recommended to allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. This helps prevent excess moisture from sitting in the pot or container. Another aspect of winter care for succulents is providing adequate drainage for your plants. Well-draining soil is essential as it prevents water from pooling around the roots and causing damage. You can achieve this by using a specialized cactus or succulent mix that contains materials like perlite or pumice.

Humidity – If you have moved your succulents indoors, be mindful of indoor heating systems that can create dry air environments. Dry air can dehydrate succulents more quickly than usual. Consider using a humidifier or placing a tray of water near your plants to increase humidity levels.

Sun Exposure - Most succulents thrive in bright light conditions. In the winter months when daylight hours are shorter, it may be necessary to provide additional light sources especially if you have moved your succulents indoors. Consider placing them near a south-facing window or using grow lights to ensure they receive adequate light.  If you live in an area with limited sunlight or have indoor succulents, consider using grow lights to supplement their light requirements. LED grow lights are energy-efficient and provide a suitable spectrum for plant growth.

Frost Protection - Protection from frost is another key consideration when caring for succulents in colder regions. Frost can cause damage to the plant's cells and lead to wilting or even death. To protect your outdoor succulents from frost, consider covering them with a breathable fabric or moving them indoors during extreme cold spells. If you have moved your succulents indoors, avoid placing them near drafty windows or areas that experience drastic temperature fluctuations.

By following these special tips for sun exposure and adjusting your care routine accordingly during the winter months, you can ensure that your succulents stay healthy and thriving throughout this season.

Photo courtesy of Jill Mazur.

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