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!
Similarly, how do you grow succulents in Southern California?
Unless the weather is extremely hot, most succulent varieties will need at least half a day to a full day of sunlight. In areas where the weather is very hot, we recommend placing them in a nice spot with some afternoon shade.
Hereof, do succulents grow best in sun or shade?
While they appreciate a lot of light (and very few survive in full shade), most succulents need sun protection, especially if the temperature hits the 90-degree-mark, or if they’re small. Varieties that are solid green, pale, or variegated are most in danger of sun burn.
Where should I plant succulents outside?
Succulent Outdoor Plants
Sedum and sempervivum are easy to grow and adaptable to bright, sunny locations or even slightly dappled areas. Whatever types of plants you choose, succulents need well-drained soil. They can thrive in cracks and crevasses, rockeries, and sandy or gritty soils.
Succulents absolutely love the sun and need the sun to grow. However, because our region is quite big some areas can experience very hot summers. Now this doesn’t mean you cannot landscape with succulents. If just means that you need to provide some protection from the sun with afternoon shade.
When outdoors, however, succulents can be soaked by heavy rains. For this reason, it’s important to use pots with drainage holes. Terra cotta pots are ideal, as they naturally wick away moisture from the soil. Succulents should be potted in a lightweight succulent soil mix that allows for ideal drainage.
Succulents can survive extreme drought and will tolerate neglect, but they actually do better with regular irrigation during the summer months; once a week is ideal for most of Northern California.
‘California Sunset’ has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Succulents grown indoors don’t experience a true dormancy. As such, you’ll find its not a problem to transplant or propagate succulents indoors all year round. However, for succulents growing outdoors it’s ideal to wait until the succulent is in its active growing season.
Cacti of California
- Golden cereus. Bergerocactus emoryi.
- Saguaro. Carnegia gigantia.
- Buckhorn cholla. Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa.
- Teddy bear cholla. Cylindropuntia bigelovii.
- California cholla. Cylindropuntia californica.
- Silver cholla. Cylindropuntia echinocarpa.
- Munz’s cholla. Cylindropuntia munzii.
- Coastal cholla.