Grow Succulents Indoor & Outdoor – Anywhere & Anytime
In this blog, we will discuss in detail how to grow succulents indoor & outdoor, in any weather condition & location. Let’s know about factors we should consider before planting succulents in gardens or indoor spaces in homes.
Succulents are one of the beautiful species of cactus plants on planet earth. It comes in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
Moreover, they have extremely drought tolerance as compared to other species of gardening plants which makes them exceptionally durable and almost maintenance-free.
The majority of the people think that they cannot handle/grow succulents in their garden and they may not survive for a longer period of time.
But trust me it’s not true!
You read it right!!
The major reason succulent’s species do not survive is because of the inappropriate growing conditions for these plants.
Grow Succulent by Selecting Correct Plants
Over the last five years, I am learning about the succulent’s types, species, families, and many more things in detail.
One thing I understood over these years of experience is that not all succulents are the same, and every succulent has its different needs such as temperature, moisture levels (basically environment), soil types requirement and many more.
Some succulents grow faster outdoor; some survive longer as compared to outdoor, and except for the cold resilient succulents most of the succulents do not survive in the freezing environments such as the northern hemisphere.
Owing to this reason, understanding of freezing tolerance while growing succulents is extremely significant.
Moreover, some outdoor succulents do not take all-day heat up to 100 F; however, some may happily survive in such scorching heat.
Even getting used to such a situation right after nursery takes some time.
To get more info on temperature requirements don’t forget to check section quick summary at the end of each succulent article.
As far as I know from my research, the succulents which can live from zone 5 to 8, they can easily grow in the zone 9 and 10 without any struggle.
The northern hemisphere basically receives less full or partial sunlight throughout the year; to compensate for these extra lighting requirements you must need to use artificial lights for growing succulents.
In addition to this, try to plant these species of succulents if you are in the northern part of the world – Sansevierias, Haworthias, and Gasterias.
Thumb rule to remember “more the colorful your succulent is more the light greedy they are.” Most of the overall greenish-colored succulents love to stay and grow indoors.
If you have overwatering habits as most people do, try to pick plants that can survive in overwatering conditions such as Portulacaria afra and Aeonium family succulents.
On the flip side of the coin, succulents such as Graptoveria ‘Fred lves’, Pachyveria glasuce, and Aloe Brevifolia are some of the best underwatering tolerances. The legends are Mammullaria rhodantha and Mammillaria gracilis fragilis.
I hope you are understanding as of this point why the selection of proper succulent types as per weather conditions, indoor and outdoor conditions set a life span for the succulents.
Alterations or fine–tuning the soil materials
I believe most people have one question on their mind that how to grow succulents in super humid conditions or scorching heating conditions such as the middle eastern continent and Asian countries.
The answer to these all questions is the appropriate selection of soil mixture.
For example, in humid areas soil saves from rotting phenomenon; and extremely hot temperatures may kill the plants but the right soil definitely sets some efforts in saving your plants.
Let’s learn why soil selection and tweaking the soil is so important for the proper growth of succulents.
Some Basic guidelines in the preparation of well-draining soils for your beautiful succulents. You can find in detail information on different varieties of soil mixture according to succulent’s type in our article soil preparation:
Only Pumice – If you have overwatering habits or you are living in humid environments. The suitable succulent is Bonsai Jack with pumice 1 ¼” particle sizes.
Pumice Properties – Water resistance, retains remaining excess water through draining potholes. Widely available in any part of the world.
Only Coconut Coir – If your region has heat ranging from 80 F to 100 F or generally high temperatures, I would suggest getting the coconut coir as the best soil for growing your succulents.
Coconut coir properties – This has the ability to retain water at medium levels or little more than optimum levels. Although its water-retaining property; it does not get soggy like standard peat soil because it has the best ability to drain water through potholes very quickly.
Selection of the Pot
This is one of the most important factors which most people ignore intentionally due to some unknown reasons.
One of the important points you should worth noting is the well-draining soil importance in succulents lives and this can only be possible by providing the holes on the pot either on sides or bottom.
Nowadays, the pot comes in different variety of materials such as –
I would highly recommend reading my article on Pot Selection with details such as material selection for pots and its effects and much more valuable information.
The article on pot selection will guide you on how to choose pots, material, designing, coloring, outdoor-indoor pots, and many more important considerations in selecting the pot for growing beautiful succulents.
At the end of this article I would like to conclude as, the selection of the plants according to the environment, soil mixtures; its role in growing the succulents, and finally pot selection; well-draining soil along with holes in the pot are basic requirements of successful succulent gardening.
Moreover, please try to keep in your mind that sometimes you cannot control everything as you should do, and eventually plants may not survive.
So, accepting the death of the plants and avoiding those mistakes in the future are some of the key points I learned over the years.
Finally, experience and experiment will teach you most of the minor things about succulents. I hope you find this article useful and got most of your queries resolved.
All the best! Happy gardening!! Thanks!!!