How to Care for Succulents Over Minnesota Winters
THOSE LOVELY SUCCULENTS
So many people I know just love succulents; including myself. My biggest question; if you invest in these beautiful plants, can they survive the winter? The answer is YES, but they must come inside for our cold Minnesota winters. Here are 4 tips to making sure your precious succulents make it through til the summer.
THEY NEED LOTS OF LIGHT
If you want your plants to have a chance at surviving a Minnesota winter, you better hope you have a nice, bright & sunny location to put them in. If you don't have direct sunshine, you can use fluorescent lights, but your plants have to be within 2 inches of the light, or it won't help them at all. Note; that incandescent light does NOT work. It is too hot for the plants.
THEY DON'T NEED A LOT OF WATER
This could be helpful for the person who might end up forgetting about these little plants. Succulents are better off too dry than too wet. That being said, they still need SOME water. It's recommended that you water them every 10-14 days, but just enough to get the soil wet. Be careful to keep water off of the plant itself, or it could rot.
KEEP THINGS ON THE COOLER SIDE
It sounds contradictory. Succulents need lots of direct sunlight, but they also need it to be cooler rather than warm, to remain in a dormant state through the winter. If you can, keep your plants at around 45 degrees.
NO FERTILIZER NECESSARY
Another plus! You do NOT need to fertilize your Succulents over the winter months. You want them in a dormant state until it warms up and you can put them back outside.
So remember, think bright, dry and cool; and those Succulents will thank you next spring.
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