Succulents have such a miniature stature that it is impossible to not love them. They look beautiful as indoor plants and their swollen leaves will get your guests’ attention. Not to mention, they are stylish and classic plants to have indoor. Unfortunately, many people avoid succulents because they don’t know how to care for them, especially during winter when they need special maintenance. Thus, if you need some tips, check out this article. I will display 8 tips for your indoor succulents so they can survive winter. Keep reading!
1. First off, you need hardy succulents
There is no fail with this type of succulents. The hardest varieties of succulents such as aloe vera, hens or snake plant are the best to have as indoor plants. These can tolerate any changes in temperature and sunlight than some others. For example, you should stay away from aeoniums, lithops, or the finicky feather cactus.
2. Secondly, feed them sparingly
The best part in taking care of them during winter is that you should not overfeed them. Thus, this will make your job easier. Because succulents are dormant during winter, they don’t need too much feed. All you need to do is use fertilizer only in the first and warmer part of the year. That’s when they are starting to grow. Thus, any additional fertilizer during winter makes succulents’ leaves to soften and fall off.
3. Next, they need a sunny spot
We all know how sunlight is essential for most plants. That’s the case for succulents too. Place the plants in some areas with natural winter sunlight. This is an ideal environment for these plants during cold weather. Don’t overdo it, though, keep them in the sunlight for about four hours a day, because they need less sun than they would in the summer.
4. Hold the water
Another easy step for you to not do is overwatering. Succulents don’t grow actively in the winter. Thus, they don’t need that much water as they do in the summer. Hence, once every four to six weeks should be enough. Also, the technique for proper watering is to soak their roots but make sure you drain the excess from the bottom of the succulent’s pot.
5. Make sure you give them good drainage
That’s right, you need to give them a good pot to get a good drainage. Succulents love their roots to get soaked but they also love containers with proper drainage. Hence, you should keep them away from glass planters with solid bottoms. The right container for proper drainage would be terra cotta or ceramic pots. Also, to keep the soil from falling out, you could use a cheesecloth at the bottom.
6. Check out for bugs
You need to watch out for bugs that can be hiding on the underside of your succulents’ leaves, often where they meet the stem. For this, you can spray a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water. Start off with a ratio of one-half cup rubbing alcohol to one quart of water. Then, you can easily adjust the ratios to one cup of rubbing alcohol if you still find the bugs.
That’s all there is! That’s how succulents survive every winter, with just a little attention and simplifying the regular maintenance from the summer.