Many people don’t consider the rising and dropping temperatures in their areas when they decide to take care of succulent plants. This could be your biggest mistake. In order to better take care and maintain these plants, you have to understand that subjecting them to varying degrees of temperature will invariably affect their growth and their aesthetics.
Basically, there are winter-hardy plants, which means these succulents can take care of themselves even in the lowest of temperatures. If you have Sedum (Sedum sp.), Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum sp.), Ice Plant (Delosperma sp.), Lewisia (Lewisia sp.), or Yucca (Yucca sp.) in your collection, there is no need to worry at all. You may notice them wither, shrink, and change color during the colder months, but this is part of their process in preparation for the winter temperature.
For less hardy varieties of succulent plants, the problem remains to be their capacity to survive in the combination of cold weather and wet and soggy soil. One of the few true enemies of succulent plants like CAL Farms 20 of 2” Beautiful Rosettes Succulents is wet soil, and this is not impossible during the winter season because the land and the surroundings are wet with melted snow and rain.
Don’t fret, though, because succulent plants can still live through the winter season as long as you can keep the soil somehow dry. Here are some other tips on how you can take care of succulent plants in winter at freezing temperatures:
1. Keep the soil dry.
When you are about to enter the winter season, you should keep the soil dry by not supplementing with water and feeding around fall. Remember that once the winter season starts, there is a very good chance that the air, the soil, and the surroundings will be damp and moist. This is certainly not something succulent plants need. Since they hate too much water, feeding them with it when the soil they are planted in is about to be damp and moist will not help with their health.
2. Make sure of adequate air circulation.
Place the succulent plants in areas where they can get as much air as possible. Prevent putting them in dark, dingy, and cramped spaces because they won’t be able to grow and survive the cold temperature there. Adequate air circulation means there is enough “room” for your plants to breath.
3. Put the plants in sheltered areas.
If your winter season is a rainy one, it is best to look for a shaded area where you can place your succulent plants. There might be a sunny location in your porch. This is a good place for your succulents because they can get the needed vitamins from the sun even amid the harsh conditions of winter.
4. Improve the soil’s drainage.
All succulent plants require the kind of soil with good drainage. This means that your succulents’ soil must have proper drainage in order for the soil not to get soggy and wet. You need to improve the conditions of your succulents’ soil because this can determine the overall health of the plant. Not only that, during the colder months, a soil with proper drainage will allow the succulents to survive. You can add sand or Perma-Till to improve the drainage conditions of the soil.