While I was at a local garden center back in May, I was drawn to the section of tiny succulent plants and couldn’t leave without picking up a bunch. At first I shoved all nine in a wooden crate for my outdoor brunch tablescape, but it didn’t take long for the plants to outgrow their temporary living quarters. Eventually I was able to find the perfect pot to transfer them into, and I’m happy to report they’re thriving in their new home located on our front porch.
I find succulents to be one of the easiest plants to grow indoors, but there are a few tips I’ve learned along the way to make sure they stay happy and healthy outside as well. I’m definitely no expert in succulents (or any plant for that matter), but so far I must be doing something right since these cutey-patootie plants are alive and well.
Succulents don’t require a lot of water.
I find it’s best to keep these plants out of the rain if possible so the amount of water they receive every week is controlled. Depending on the outdoor temperature, I give mine a good watering once a week throughout the summer allowing the soil to dry out. The closer we get to fall I plan on extending the amount of time in between.
Succulents don’t like their roots sitting in water for long periods of time.
A good succulent potting soil with vermiculite allows for adequate drainage, as does rocks or pebbles at the bottom of a pot. If you plan on planting succulents in a bed instead of a container, mix a good amount of sand in the soil for proper drainage.
Keep succulents out of direct intense sunlight.
These plants require a lot of light, but extreme sun may burn the leaves turning them brown or spotted. A perfect spot outdoors is an area that receives a good amount of sunlight (6-8 hours) and bit of shade during the intense heat of a summer day. A sign that your plants aren’t getting enough sunlight is if they start to stretch out with a lot of space between their leaves.
Have any other tips for caring for outdoor succulents? What has worked well or not so well? I’d love to know!