Fall is here so time to put away your flip flops and get your sweaters out. If you live in an area where the seasons change, you might want to take some precautions to keep your beautiful succulents safe and sound. I went ahead and made you a handy guide to keep your succulents thriving through the colder weather. Just follow these 5 simple steps below!
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Step 1: Prune & Clean
Our first step is to prune & clean our succulents. Remove any dead or dying leaves from your plant and its soil. Pruning will help keep away mealybugs. If you see any signs of infestation, now is the time to treat it.
Step 2: Repot
For a lot of succulent species, summer is the best time of year for them. Repot them if you’ve seen a significant growth. Two sure fire ways to know your plant is ready for repotting are if the roots are coming out of the bottom of the pot, or if the water is just sitting on top of the soil and not draining through. Make sure you use a pot with a drainage hole if you a repotting. This is important because in the colder months, water won’t be evaporating and will need a way to escape the soil quicker.
Step 3: Relocate
If you live in an area prone to frost, it’s best to bring your little friends inside. To get them ready for winter, place them in a window that faces either south or west, basically anywhere where they will receive indirect sunlight. If this is not an option, consider investing in a grow light.
Step 4: Fertilize
Surprisingly, succulents only need fertilized twice a year. Fall and spring are the best times to do this, because you are setting them up with the correct nutrients during the growth periods and their dormancy periods, depending on the species.
Step 5: Protect
You might think that just bringing your plants inside is enough, but that’s not the case at all. Even if you’ve followed all of the steps above, pests can still find their way to your beautiful plants. I recommend spraying your plants with a natural pesticide, such as neem oil. This will help keep those pests away, and won’t harm your plants.
And there you have it. 5 simple steps to keep your succulents thriving through the colder weather. Don’t forget to save this to your browser and save it on Pinterest!