Learn If Succulents Can Live Outside or Not
To Improve Your Garden

Do you love succulents and not sure if you can plant them outsides? Well if this is the case, you will be sure by the end of this article. You will know exactly if succulents can live outside or not.

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April 25, 2021


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Introduction

Succulents are very attractive plants. Some of them have big leaves and flowers that store water. Succulents have gained a lot of popularity across the world in the recent years due to their beauty and low maintenance.

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In some cultures, a few succulents are considered as lucky charms for their planters.

People often plant succulents indoors as they require little attention. Moreover, succulents increase the aesthetics of the room in which they are planted. Apart from this, a variety of succulents require little sunlight, small spaces, and protection from harsher outer conditions. These reasons make succulents very popular indoor plants.

There are some types of succulents, however, that can live outside. They are usually bigger than indoor succulents in size and require more sunlight and space. Some common outdoor succulent types are Hen and Chicks, Whale’s Tongue Agave, Stone Crop, and Ball Cactus.

Qualities of Outdoor Succulents

There is no doubt that some succulents can live outside. For a succulent to live to outside, it must have certain qualities. Some of these qualities are:

Bigger Size

First of all, outdoor succulents are big. They can range between 4-10 feet in size. This big size makes it impossible to plant big succulents indoors. Outdoor spaces ensure these relatively bigger plants get all the space they require.

Bear More Sunlight

Apart from extra space, outdoor succulents need more light. Light is important for plants as they use it to convert food into energy in a process called photosynthesis.

Outdoor succulents need direct exposure to sunlight for proper growth. Therefore, such succulents cannot be placed inside as they will die in the absence of direct sunlight.

Outdoor succulents can have more direct sunlight

Can Take More Water

Generally, succulents need little water. This is because they store water in their leaves and stems. Indoor succulents can shed their leaves in the presence of extra water and can die. Need to know more about succulents shedding leaves? Check this out:

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It's never a pleasant sight when plants shed their leaves. The watery leaves of succulents are particularly troublesome. But you won't be having any trouble now! I will tell you 5 reasons which cause falling leaves and how you can prevent them.

However, outdoor succulents can take more water. This is why they thrive in outdoor conditions as rain does little harm and more good to them.

Outdoor succulents can take more water

Better Resistance to Harsher Conditions

Another important quality of outdoor succulents is their ability to resist harsher conditions. Outdoor succulents can manage extreme weather conditions easily. They can withstand low and high temperatures, mild storms, and snowfalls.

Common Outdoor Succulents

Not every succulent has the qualities that make it best for outdoor plantation. Out of many succulent types that are out there, only a handful possess these qualities.

60 different plant species having over 10,000 varieties can be categorized as succulents.

Some of the most common outdoor succulents are:

  • Hen and Chicks (survives extreme cold weather)

Hen and chicks succulent

  • Whale’s Tongue Agave (thrives under full sunlight)

A whale's tongue agave

  • Stone Crop (can be exposed to higher water levels)

Stone crop

  • Ball Cactus (offers resistance to harsher conditions)

Ball cactus

If you want to know more about these outdoor succulents, check this out:

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Succulents are the proven mood-boosters. But have you ever got confused in picking one for your room? If you did, it's time to pick one that suits you the best.

How to Take Care of Outdoor Succulents

Just as indoor succulents require care and attention, outdoor succulents also require care. Following are the few things you can do to make sure your outdoor plant thrives.

Proper Watering

Although outdoor succulents can take more water than indoor plants, this does not mean you water them more often. This only means outdoor plants, if exposed to higher water levels, are more likely to withstand it than indoor plants.

Outdoor succulents also store water in their leaves and stem. So, you should water them more but less frequently. This means you have to wait for your plant to dry completely before you water it again. If you need to know more about how to water your succulents, check these out:

Can overwatering kill succulents? Learn how often to water succulents

If you are a beginner and don't know how often to water succulents. Their watering schedule depends upon the climate, humidity level, and succulents species themselves.

Good Soil

Another important care element for outdoor succulents is the soil they are growing in. Succulents like their soil dry. They also thrive in soils that have better drainage capabilities. So, you may want to plant outdoor succulents at a higher spot in your garden. This will not allow water to accumulate around your plant.

If you want to make soil for your outdoor succulents at home, here is where you can find cheap homemade recipes:

3 Super Easy Homemade Succulent Soil Recipes That Will Nurture Your Plant!

When it comes to plants, good soil is good life. But finding nutrient-rich soil for your plants can be difficult. Well, this will no longer be an issue. I will guide you to perfect your succulent soil by using these super easy homemade techniques.

Organic Feed

Last but not the least, your plant might not want exposure to chemicals. To avoid this, you have to give it organic feed. Natural manure teabags and coffee grounds will serve as replacements for chemical fertilizers. And trust me, your plant will love them!

Conclusion

Succulents are of many types. They can live in different environment. Some of them are well-suited for indoor conditions. Some succulents, on the other hand, thrive in outdoor conditions. Outdoor succulents are generally bigger and hence require more space.

Moreover, outdoor succulents also require more sunlight. They also show more resistance to harsher conditions. Most common outdoor succulents are: Hen and Chicks, Whale’s Tongue Agave, Ball Cactus, and Stone Crop. Need to know more about these plants, check this out:

8 most popular succulents that will lift your mood!

Succulents are the proven mood-boosters. But have you ever got confused in picking one for your room? If you did, it's time to pick one that suits you the best.

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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