Succulents prefer bright light. The plant will tell you if it is getting the right amount of light. Too much light and the leaves may scorch and turn brown or white. This can happen when keeping them indoors and too close to the window glass. Too little light and the plant will start to stretch, and the leaves will become more spaced out, as it is trying to reach more light.
Succulents are much more cold-tolerant than you might think. In the desert, there is often a marked contrast between night and day. Succulents thrive in colder nights, getting down as low as 40ºF. However most of them don’t like frost. Succulents ideally like daytime temperatures between 70ºF and about 85ºF and night time temperatures near 50ºF.
Succulents ideally like daytime temperatures between 70ºF and about 85ºF and night time temperatures near 50ºF.
Succulents should be potted in a fast-draining mixture. There are ones available designed for cacti and succulents, but a homemade mix of gravel, small rocks, and sand is great.
If your plants live outside you probably won’t need to ever water them. If you are experiencing extreme drought and the plants have stopped growing and are beginning to shed leaves then you will need to water them. Indoor potted succulents should be watered generously in the summer, allowing the potting mix to dry between watering. During the winter, when the plants go dormant, cut watering back to once or twice every other month. Overwatering causes plant rot which is the single most common cause of plant failure. Keep in mind the following with regards to overwatered plants:
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