Succulent Care in Winter

Succulent Care in Winter [Guide]

Succulents and Winter

This is interesting! Succulent Care in winter is mostly asked question and this whole article will guide you, how you can properly take care of your succulents in freezing winter time, especially the outdoor succulents.

The majority of the people are planting their favorite plants from different succulent’s families in the pots. This will give them flexibility in shifting the succulents indoor or outdoor based upon the preference or the season.

The most sensitive region on planet earth is the northern hemisphere, where temperature drops to freezing negative point. If you have any succulents which are tender in nature or extremely sensitive in to cold conditions, heavy snowfall or freezing nights; I do recommend shifting your beautiful succulents indoor without losing the time.

Care for Succulents in Winter – When you Should Shift them Indoor?

The northern hemisphere such as part of US- Europe and whole Canada; September and October month when winter really starts to kick in, you must shift your succulents indoor. The cold resilient succulents are strong enough to fight back with winter; so dint worry about them, and leave them outside confidently!

Basically I would recommend shifting succulents indoor if you are living in the zone 9, 10 and 11. But first you need to identify the types of succulents you have? Which zone you are living right now? Is your succulents are cold resilient?

Succulent Care in winter
Succulent Care in winter

Let’s Move Indoor

The most of the succulent’s people love to keep inside; however, the summer sunlight is always beneficial to the succulents as far as I know.

Let’s see what the points we need to keep on your mind before shifting the outdoor to indoor for taking care of succulents in winter.

  • Last Outside Water

Watering beautiful succulents is one of the most critical task people miss in doing appropriately. Many times people overwater them; sometime they miss the watering cycle and their succulents die or on the edge of survival.

Same applicable in the winter as well for succulent care, and the most critical task is watering indoor takes lot of extra efforts as compare to outdoors. So, please water your all the succulents which you are moving indoor just before 2-3 days. So, they can soak it properly and stats to dry out gradually.

This will definitely save your shelf or expensive desk from stains and water damage, as your succulent pots equipped with draining holes. I hope you got my point in here!

  • Well-Draining Soil for winter succulents

If you see my all the articles on Garden page, you will notice one important thing that why I highlight every time the well-draining soil requirements?

The major problem arises when your succulents do not survive due to over-watering or under-watering practices. And the main problem is lack of proper provision of well-draining soil. It will immensely help you to manage soil water levels and nurture the plant properly. Another important factor is pot section, where the pot shall have holes in it which will help to drain the excessive water from the soil. The pot and soil mixture provides rigid growing conditions to the plant.

If you need more info on the types of soils, its mixture proportion, indoor and outdoor plants soil requirements and many more. Please don’t forget to read the blog Soil selection for the succulents.

how to care succulent in winter
Winter and Succulents
  • Repotting or preparation of pot for succulent care in winter

It’s time to prepare or welcome the succulents indoor; however, pot preparation is vital step to do.

Before shifting the pot, make sure the pot is in good condition (Change it if any cracks or pot holes blocked by any debris). If you found any dead leaves lying on the bottom portion of the plant or on the edges of pot, remove it properly. This step will save your plant getting rot or infected.

Use sharp scissor or knife to remove/cut the dead leaves or portion of the plant. Good Luck!


The healthier environment, the healthier plat!

Bugs are really demons which halt the growth or set your succulents to death. Before moving indoor, please inspect closely either any bugs are present on the step, leave or any portion of the plant. If yes, remove them immediately and you are now good to go.

  • Watering and Sunlight Importance during winter

As we discussed watering plays a significant role in the growth of the succulents. Let’s start with the general watering practices specially for taking care of succulent in winter. As a thumb rule you should water the succulents only when the soil becomes completely dry.

The winter dormant succulents do not require much water as compared to the actively growing succulents such as ‘Zwartkop’ (actively grows in the winter). The outdoor succulent’s soils dries faster than the indoor soils due to the outdoor conditions such as more airflow and sunlight. Owing to these reasons please check soil moisture levels before watering.

If yours succulents are planted nearly equipment’s such as heater or heating vent; they may require more water them usual. I do recommend setting water cycle twice in a month, depending upon the soil moisture level. Please do not forget to check properly the soil moisture levels before watering. It’s important!

The sunlight is another factor which plays a vital role in plant growth. Indoor conditions especially during the winter are difficult in terms of getting enough indirect sunlight. Make sure yours succulents are getting enough indirect sunlight at least for the 8 hours to stay and grow healthier. On the other hand, as succulents require the direct/indirect sunlight they need dark environment also to complete their regular growth cycle. So, avoid using artificial lights during night.

Follow above points and let us know how your succulent is growing in winter with this succulent care guide.


Hi there! By profession I am a Mechanical Engineer; though, I have a keen interest in gardens, plants and succulents. I hope you like my articles on beautiful succulents and plants. Happy  Gardening!!!

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