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To make a succulent thrive, place it in a hot sunny spot June - August.
Succulents are great drought tolerant plants.
Succulents love to grow around rocks.
Succulents are booming in popularity due to their indestructible nature and diverse characteristics.
What Are Succulents?
Succulent plants are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climates or soil conditions. Succulents store water in their leaves, stems, and also in their roots.
The storage of water often gives succulent plants a more swollen or fleshy appearance than other plants, a characteristic known as succulence. In addition to succulence, succulents variously have other water-saving features.
As a group, succulents include some of the most well-known plants, such as the aloe, agave, and many more. Cacti are a unique subset of the succulent group. All succulents require similar care and treatment.
Succulents can be used in Minnesota in a number of ways:
Succulents prefer bright light indoors and full sun outdoors. Watch the leaves for indications that the light level is correct. Some species will scorch if suddenly exposed to direct sunlight. The leaves will turn brown or white as the plant bleaches out and the soft tissues are destroyed. Alternatively, an underlit succulent will begin to stretch, with an elongated stem and widely spaced leaves. The solution is to provide better light and prune the plant back to its original shape. Many kinds of succulents will thrive outdoors in the summer.
Succulents are much more cold-tolerant than many people assume. As in the desert, where there is often a marked contrast between night and day, Succulents thrive in colder nights, down to even 40ºF. Ideally, succulents prefer daytime temperatures between 70ºF and about 85ºF and nighttime temperatures between 50ºF and 55ºF.
Easy on the water! The potting mix should be allowed to dry between waterings, but do not underwater. During the winter, when the plants go dormant, cut watering back to once every month. Overwatering causes the plant to rot and is the single most common cause of plant failure. Be aware, though, that an overwatered succulent might at first look be plump and look very healthy. However, the cause of death may have already set in underground, with rot spreading upward from the root system. A succulent should never be allowed to sit in water.
The following are signs of under- or overwatering:
Succulents should be potted in a fast-draining mixture that's designed for cacti and succulents. If you don't have access to a specialized mix, regular potting soil will work, but you must be extra careful to not overwater your plants. These plants generally have shallow roots that form a dense mat just under the soil surface. Tonkadale carries both regular potting soil and a cactus mix that is suitable for succulents.
During the summer growing season, fertilize as you would with other houseplants. Stop fertilizing entirely during the winter.