Bring Potted Succulents indoors for Winter
Winters cold is not the easiest condition for potted
succulents, plants, bushes, and trees to stand up to. Especially if they are planted in clay flowerpots or clay containers. Most succulents are hard
enough to keep healthy under normal weather conditions but winter brings a whole new set of issues.
It at all possible it is a best practice to bring your clay containers of succulents indoors or at least into a garage or garden shed. This isnít a necessity but a helpful step to
assure the potted succulents have the best chance of surviving the cold. If itís not possible you can take added steps
to mulch the potting mix, wrap the whole planter in bubble wrap or burlap or
just let them tough out Winter and re-evaluate next Spring.
If you can bring all clay flowerpot succulents indoors give them one
good watering before you do. That way they will be nice and moist and you wonít
have to start with the watering process right away. This means you need garden
saucers for each clay planter or you will have to move the clay flowerpots to the sink to water
them. Like most houseplants, succulents
need well, draining flowerpots or garden bowls.
Now check the potting mix in each terracotta flowerpot. If itís compact and hard itís best to replace
it or at the very least work it to soften it up. All root systems like the loose potting mix to
grow and expand in. Clean up the
planters so that you donít bring any bugs indoors. Remove old leaves, twigs and other debris
that may be on, in or around the pot.
Lastly, trim the succulent up if necessary. Any old spent leaves or climbing string of
pears can be clipped off and cut shorter.
Since succulents donít grow fast you donít need to go overboard
here. The idea is to just give it a
manicured look not so much a hair cut and a shave look! LOL
Place your garden pots in a sunny window, donít overwater,
make sure itís not too warm in the house and your outdoor potted succulents
will give you a steady stream of beauty all thru the cold winter months until
you move them outside again come Spring.