Succulents are typically grown for their year-round vibrant colors and interesting textures, but their flowers can provide seasonal interest as well! With a little planning, you can enjoy year-round blooms in your succulent landscape by choosing plants for their flowering time.
Simply so, do succulents have seasons?
Let’s dive in to what that actually means for succulents. Succulents that are dormant in the winter will actively grow during the spring, summer, and fall months. However, during the hottest days of summer (July/August in the US), they will go through a mini dormancy period and slow down their growth.
In this way, are succulents OK in winter?
Can succulent survive in winter? The answer is yes. Succulents are often known as drought-tolerant plants but some of them can also tolerate frost. They thrive in cold, snowy weather and the extreme temperature even brings out their gorgeous and vibrant colors.
Do succulents need sun?
Succulents love light and need about six hours of sun per day, depending on the type of succulent. Newly planted succulents can scorch in direct sunlight, so you may need to gradually introduce them to full sun exposure or provide shade with a sheer curtain.
If your plants have been rained on and an overnight frost is expected, you may need to cover them or bring them inside. If the temperature is expected to stay above freezing, you should have nothing to worry about. For delicate succulents, a frost after a heavy rain can be deadly.
Most succulent species tend to thrive in the temperate weather of the spring and fall. Most succulents can also be put into two categories – summer growers and winter growers. Summer growers are succulents that grow in the hot months of summer from May to August and become dormant in the winter.
They go dormant in the heat of summer but still need water during this time to help their roots remain cool and prevent the leaves from drooping. More importantly, if you grow your succulents indoors, they most likely never go dormant. You can continue to water them on the same schedule all year round.
The most important rule for watering succulents is this: Only water when the soil in the succulents’ growing container is bone dry. We repeat, let the soil dry out completely between waterings. If the soil isn’t crumbly, dry dirt, don’t water it. See, most houseplants want their soil moist at all times.