succulents plants

Many people think that their succulents are "tough" enough to survive the cold weather without attention. Unfortunately, this is a completely wrong idea. Dry weather and cold temperatures can affect succulents. You need to know some easy-to-follow gardening tips to make succulents last through the fall and winter.

Hard succulents and soft succulents

To figure out if your succulents are hardy, you need to first understand the type of succulents you are growing.

  • Hard succulents: Some plants that originally grew in harsh alpine climates and have thick foliage are known as hard succulents. For example Agave, Cactus, Sedum, etc.

These types of succulents are usually very cold and drought tolerant, and you don't need to do much heating and humidification.

hardy succulents cactus

(hardy succulents cactus potted plants)

Soft succulents: These plants are native to warm, dry areas and cannot withstand the cold weather of fall and winter. For example Echeveria, Kalanchoe-Crassulaceae, Haworthia - Asphodelaceae, etc.

If you choose these types of succulents, don't feel free to leave them outdoors, they may not survive the winter.

Six tips to help you take care of your succulents

Use grow tent for your succulents

If you live in an apartment with no more space for gardening than your balcony, you need a grow tent to create a warm environment for your succulents to grow.

You can pamper your succulents on your balcony in spring and summer, however, in autumn and winter when the weather conditions are complicated, a warm indoor is more suitable for succulents. grow tent is perfect for indoor gardening.

Considering that some succulents are not hardy, you need to buy heating equipment to raise the temperature inside the shed properly. The vast majority of succulents are drought tolerant, but you should ideally water once a month and keep an eye on the humidity inside the grow tent.

  • 4' x 2' x 6' Grow Tent
4' x 2' x 6' Grow Tent
  • Size: 48" x 24"
  • Height:72"
  • Benefits: SGS Testing & Certification,Huge Observation Window

This grow tent is medium-sized and perfect for indoor succulent growing in smaller spaces. The Grow tent is made of SGS-certified eco-friendly material, safe, reliable, and odorless. 80x60cm huge viewing window makes it easy to observe plant growth at any time. Even a novice can quickly install this portable grow tent without using any tools. 

  • 8' x 8' x 6.5' Grow Tent
8' x 8' x 6.5' Grow Tent
  • Size: 96" x 96"
  • Height:78"
  • Benefits: All-in-One Hook Design,Quick Installation

If you have a larger indoor space, this large size grow tent is perfect for your indoor gardening life!

The one-piece hook design makes your gardening more convenient. The sturdy frame ensures stability and will last for years to come. The 8% reflective PET silver adhesive fabric inside and extra thick 600D oxford fabric outside block light from escaping and make gardening more efficient.

Start your greenhouse gardening

A greenhouse is one of the best places to grow succulents. Using a greenhouse to grow succulents in the fall and winter provides a warmer living environment, and if your area will be below freezing for a few months, heating the greenhouse will keep your plants alive. Too much sun can sunburn the leaves, and using a greenhouse can be avoided as much as possible. Most succulents like bright light conditions, and you can set up artificial lighting and other equipment in your greenhouse.

And the appeal of succulents to gardening enthusiasts continues to grow, with more and more people growing succulents indoors or in their gardens. If you want to benefit from investing in succulents, greenhouse growing is the best choice.

  • 56 "x56 "x77" Walk-in Greenhouse
56"x56"x77" Walk-in Greenhouse (2 Colors Available)
  • Size: 56" x 56"
  • Height:77"
  • Benefits: Unique Door Design,Wide Side Velcro

If you have less space in your backyard or you like succulent potted plants, you can choose this walk-in greenhouse. It takes up very little space and can be placed in any corner of your garden.

The unique double-sided zipper door design makes it easy to take care of plants. The dual function of the mesh window and zipper door facilitates ventilation and prevents mosquitoes from entering the greenhouse.

  • 20' x 10' x 7' Heavy Duty Large Greenhouse (2 Colors Available)
20' x 10' x 7' Heavy Duty Large Greenhouse (2 Colors Available)
  • Size: 19.7' x 9.8'
  • Height:6.6'
  • Benefits: Reinforced Top Structure,Versatile Windows

This heavy-duty greenhouse is perfect for fall and winter in cold and windy climates. This greenhouse frame is made of high-quality powder coated steel and features a reinforced top structure. Two doors and ten additional vents work together for easy plant care and ventilation.

If you are a succulent lover or you want to invest in a succulent greenhouse, this sturdy large greenhouse is perfect for your needs.

Pay attention to watering

Just because the weather is dry in the fall and winter doesn't mean your succulents need more water. Don't forget that most succulents are drought-tolerant. If you water them too often you are likely to drown them. When watering, you should not just pour water on the leaves and soil like a downpour. Remember to dampen the soil with water, not your leaves. Too much water will cause the leaves to rot. The way to tell if you have too much water is to watch your leaves become mushy, discolored, or softer.

Ensure effective drainage

We've already mentioned the dos and don'ts of watering your succulent. But another crucial point is that the roots of the succulent should not be soaked in water, which can have bad consequences. Whether you plant them in an open garden or a greenhouse, you need to make sure that the container drains effectively. In areas where the temperature is below freezing, the water in the bottom of the container will freeze and you will have to clean it out frequently.

Sunlight exposure

Gardeners understand the importance of light for plants, but for succulent care, it's a little different. Some succulents are native to sunny, arid areas, and some come from shadier jungles. The difference in the region of origin determines the type of light they are suited for. You need to know whether they need direct or indirect sunlight, not just put them under a light lamp or outside in the sun. Remember to always watch your plants for sunburn or not getting enough light.

Raising succulents from the ground

Frost can have a huge impact on succulents. If your succulents are outdoors in a garden or greenhouse, it is best to raise them off the ground to avoid frost damage to the leaves and roots of your plants. You can use raised garden beds wherever your succulents are.

You can choose a garden bed with cover, such as this 49''x37''x36'' Galvanized Garden Bed with Cover-Green.

49''x37''x36'' Galvanized Garden Bed with Cover-Green
  • Size: 49" x 37"
  • Height:36"
  • Benefits: Extra-thick Reinforced Galvanized Steel,Dual-Use Raised Bed

This garden bed is suitable for any size yard and garden. The cover protects the succulent from rain, snow, high winds, and pest damage.


After browsing the suggestions above, you can see that caring for succulents in the fall and winter can be easy. Some gardening tools can help you. If you want to view beautiful succulents next year, get busy this fall and winter!

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