Goodbye summer, Hello fall…
Time to put away the flip-flops and break out those boots and chunky sweaters, fall has arrived! If you live somewhere where the change in seasons means a drop in temperature and daylight hours, you’ve got a little succulent garden prep work to do. So, we went ahead made a handy autumn checklist, to give you some peace of mind and prepare your succulents for what’s ahead. Follow along below to set up your babes for autumn and winter SUCCess!
Prune and Clean
Pruning is something we do all year round, but it’s especially important as you’re getting ready to bring your succulents indoors. Pruning away all the dead and dying leaves from your succulent will help to keep away pests like mealybugs. If you see any sign of pests now’s time to treat the infestation and possibly repot, which brings us to our next step…
For many species of succulents, summer is a growth season. If you’ve seen some significant growth in your babes, it might be time to repot them. (Perfect time to try your hand at a succulent arrangement!) Two tip-offs that your succulent is ready for a new pot are roots coming out the bottom of the pot, or water sitting on top of the soil, rather than draining right through. When you do repot your succulents for fall and winter (or anytime really) be sure to use a pot with a drainage hole. It’s even more important in the cooler months because water won’t be evaporating from the soil as much if at all.
If you’re one of those people breaking out the scarves and sweaters for fall, then you’ll definitely want to be bringing your babes inside. Basically, if you live anywhere where it frosts, indoors is going to be your succulents’ best bet. To set them up for a happy winter put them in a south or west facing window where they’ll get indirect light. If you don’t have a window that gets indirect light, check out a grow light as an option.
Succulents really only need to be fertilized twice a year, and fall and spring are the best times. That’s because you’re setting them up with nutrients to either get them through their dormancy period or growth period. (Whether a succulent goes dormant in the winter or summer depends on the species.) Either way, the most important thing about fertilizing is to only use 50% off the suggested dose of fertilizer. More information on that in this blog post.
You might think by bringing your succulents inside they’d be safe from bugs. Unfortunately that is not the case. Even if they’re inside and pruned to perfection, pests can still find their way onto your succulents. So, we recommend lightly spraying your succs with a natural pesticide, such as neem oil. This will help keep those pesky pests away, and it won’t harm your plant!
And there you have it! 5 easy steps to set up your succulents for a nice, cozy fall and winter (because they don’t make sweaters for succulents, but that would be adorable). Save the checklist and pin it up in your gardening shed, or send it to a friend! PDF available here.