Most people think that succulents like CAL Farms 36 of 2″ Beautiful Rosettes Succulents should only be placed inside homes where the climate is regulated and there is plenty of shade. These plants are used as centerpieces, as decorations on the mantel, as little pots of good luck charms on the windowsill. We rarely see people create and design an entire outdoor garden out of succulents instead of the usual roses, lilies, orchids, little palm trees, etc.

The reason this has become a practice is people believe that just because succulents don’t need too much sunlight, they actually don’t need it at all. That’s just wrong. Like normal plants, succulents need ample amount of water and sunlight. This is why a lot of succulent gardeners place them in containers and pots that they can move around easily—from the garden to inside the house and back to the garden again. It all really depends on the weather outside and if the succulents have been subjected to too much light.

Some of the best succulents to plant in an outdoor garden are the following: Echeveria, Hens-And-Chicks, Stonecrop, Pigmyweeds, Agave, Haworthia, Aeonium, and Senecio.

However, even if these succulents are easy to maintain, you need to take good care of them still being mindful of the weather, providing shade, watering rightly, and giving them space.

Minding the Weather

Succulents survive in weathers that are not too hot and not too cold. The balance of temperature is, of course, hard to achieve but by knowing when the temperature will drop or rise, you can assure that your succulent plants will survive and thrive. You can do as what others have done and put the plants in small containers. This way, you can simply haul the plants inside when the weather gets too hot or too cold.

Provide Shade

If you’re going to move the succulents outside for a bit of sunlight, put them under the shade first. The light might shock the plants and they may burn. There are succulents that need more shade than sunlight. These succulents are Lace Aloe, Hens And Chicks, Painted Ladies, and Aeoniums. They need shade to survive and minimal sun exposure is required.

Water as Needed only

One of the main reasons why homeowners love succulents is because of the easy way they need to be watered. Succulents need to be watered only once or twice a week. Sometimes, it’s less than that. If your succulents are planted in containers, soak them completely in water before allowing the soil to dry. That will take about a week at the most. If you are planting directly on the ground, you don’t need to soak the soil in water. Watering once a week will be fine, though be careful when it rains because there will be moisture under the soil.

Give space

It’s important to put one inch apart when planting different succulents to allow them to grow horizontally instead of vertically. One of the best things about succulents is their capacity to stay small even without pruning. That makes them ideal houseplants. If they grow too large, they won’t suit as table centerpieces anymore.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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