Keeping your succulents alive during the fall + winter months //

Succulents are a popular choice out here in Los Angeles, as they are drought resistant, sustainable, and let’s be honest: they’re pretty cute. While known for being “easy plants”, succulents can actually be a little temperamental indoors if they aren’t given the proper treatment. Now that we are officially in fall, it’s the perfect time to get educated on your plants to make sure they are getting the right care for the right season. 

I’m going to be sharing some facts & tips about these sweet plant babies for you all today, and as always, feel free to comment below with any questions!

-All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti.

-Most succulents have no leaves, only plump water-storing stems in various shapes and sizes. Leaves and branches are expressed in some succulents as spines, as you will find in cacti.

-Spines or thorns protect cacti from predators.

-Hairy succulents collect water by trapping dew.

-Agaves collect water by channeling it from their outstretched stems to the base.

-Barrel cacti, with their pleated shapes, expand and contract depending on how much water they have stored.

-Waxy coatings on many succulent surfaces prevent the release of water back into the atmosphere.

-Many desert-adapted cactuses spread their roots wide just below the soil surface to catch and keep every raindrop that comes their way.

-The smaller a succulent is, the higher in elevation is its native habitat. You can actually find some sedums in alpine areas.

-For those of you with harsh weather and cold winters, bring your succulents inside before it gets too cold. 

-Most succulents are dormant during the winter. They need a period of cold to help them produce better blooms in the spring and summer.

-Keep your succulents as close to a window as you can (preferably 6 hours of sunshine per day). 

-I can’t count the amount of times someone has told me succulents don’t need much water. I completely disagree. Over watering is the number one way people kill succulents. It’s a delicate process — succulents need their roots soaked with water but then need to dry out very quickly. Make sure your pots have good drainage. 

-Just a reminder that fall & winter is a time of rest for your succulents and growth will be much slower. Don’t over feed or over water during the next few months. 

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