Succulents are perfect for people who live in the Denver, CO area because the plants thrive in high altitudes, which you have to consider even for indoor succulents as houseplants. The drought-resistant plants are originally from areas with a dry, desert climate so they can grow without too much water.
In this way, can succulents be shipped?
Succulents and cacti are generally quite hardy and can go long periods of time without water, so they are ideal plants to transport through the mail. Professional nurseries regularly ship their plants across the country and around the world with very few problems.
Thereof, can succulents survive outside in Colorado?
Hardy succulents: Tolerate frost and can stay outdoors through below-freezing temperatures. They’re ideal for year-round, outdoor growing. In fact, hardy succulents grow better outdoors than in!
What succulents grow best in Colorado?
Some of the more easily grown succulents are barrel cactus, jade plants, hen-and-chicks, sedum, ice plants, aloe and agave. If a sunny window isn’t available, try mother-in-law’s tongue, which thrives on low light. Check your garden center or nursery for the wide assortment of succulents available.
Two keys to succulent success have to do with sun and water. Avoid placing or planting succulents in full sun. Tender leaves can burn in intense sunlight, so grow them where they can get morning sun and partial shade in the afternoons. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
How long will depend on the particular species, but in general, if they are in a place with minimal or no light, most succulents will live without deteriorating too much for 10-14 days. Some shade-tolerant succulents may go for longer.
A strong corrugated cardboard box can be used to pack the succulents in. Tight packing is best for shipping. Place the succulents carefully inside the box after layering it with bubble wrap or more newspapers.
You can have a gorgeous AND cold hardy succulent garden!
There are two main varieties of succulents that can tolerate freezing temperatures, Sempervivums (commonly called hens and chicks) and Stonecrop Sedums. Most will tolerate temperatures down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
A common question is can succulents live outside? The short answer is yes! They thrive in sunny locations with warm, dry climates and can tolerate some neglect, so growing succulents outdoors is a great option. Grow succulents in-ground, in pots, or tuck them away in unexpected planting spots.
While you could plant some succulents outside before then, you’ll find the best success with planting when the weather is warmer. Avoid waiting until summer though, as the heat can cause just as many problems as the cold. Look for weather that is between 50-70F to plant your succulents outside.