Well Draining Soil You’ll also want to make sure (if they aren’t already) that your succulents are in a well draining soil in a pot with a drainage hole. Succulents grown indoors will do much better if they have the right soil and container.
I found that my succulents had quite a few leaves from nearby trees as well as dead leaves that they had shed. I removed as much of these as possible and then reapplied my top dressing to make sure the pot looked nice and fresh! My tweezers were extremely helpful for this part. Remove debris from pots of succulents before bringing them inside for the winter. Replace the top dressing on your succulent arrangement before bringing it inside for the winter. There was also quite a bit of dirt out the outside of most of my pots. I wiped down all around the pot and along the bottom to make sure they’d be clean for the move inside.
You’ll also want to check for bugs. I don’t usually have problems with mealybugs with my outdoor plants, but it’s definitely something to look for. Also look for any other little bugs running around your plants. I know at my house ants and roly poly bugs love to hang out in my pots. I’ve seen quite a few spiders lately too. Since I don’t want those inside, I try to make sure there aren’t any hiding in my plants. Its also a good idea to remove as many dead leaves as possible from my succulents before bringing them inside. This helps them to be healthier once they are indoors and they look nicer too! Removing the dead leaves isn’t essential, but it does promote better air flow around the plant. Remove dead leaves from succulents before bringing them inside for the winter.
If any of your succulents have died over the summer, now is a good time to fill in the holes. This arrangement stayed looking great over the summer, except for one monocarpic succulent that bloomed and then left a big hole. I filled in the hole with a few succulent cuttings and it looks complete again! I also added some top dressing since it didn’t have any. Fill in gaps in a succulent arrangement before bringing it inside for the winter.
Winter Watering for Succulents
Many succulents are dormant in the winter so they won’t need as much water. If your succulents are winter growers they will likely need to be watered more often. As a general rule though, you’ll only want to water your plants when the soil is completely dry. This is why it’s so important to have a well draining soil and a drainage hole.
The airflow indoors isn’t as good as it is outside so without the proper soil it’s very likely your succulents will stay wet for too long. Keep in mind that succulents near a heating vent might dry out more quickly as the direct air and warmer temperatures can dry things out more quickly. Learn how to properly water succulents in the winter. If you haven't read part one of this blog go to Sept 17th for the first part of this. Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty, Iowa