Any temperature below 40°F is often considered too cold for succulents. Meanwhile, a temperature above 90°F is not ideal for a succulents’ health either. Let’s take a look at some ideal temperatures for succulents, both indoors and outdoors.
Best Temperatures For Succulents
Between 60°F and 80°F is considered ideal conditions for succulents to thrive. At 90°F the succulents’ colors are accentuated. The cacti will maintain deep colors at 40°F, but it is not likely to thrive in any cooler temperatures than this.
It’s recommended to move your succulents to a shaded area with insulated plant pots (concrete or terracotta) during the summer. Planting your succulents directly in the ground can help them survive hot weather, as well. Homeowners are advised to either bring the succulents inside or cover them with a cloth during harsh winter conditions.
Here is what you can expect from your succulents based on temperature:
- 40°F: Succulents keep deep colors.
- 60°F to 80°F: Ideal temperatures for succulents.
- 90°F: Colors are accentuated.
The Impact Of Temperatures On Succulents
Succulents undoubtedly prefer temperatures to be between 60°F and 80°F, but can remain healthy when temperatures range from 40°F to 90°F. Higher temperatures can sometimes help succulents maintain deep colors, especially when it comes to softer succulents. As temperatures plummet, you may start to notice colors intensifying.
Colors are accentuated from cold temperatures over an extended period of time. Temperatures that are too low or too high can ultimately damage these succulents, unfortunately. The summer can come with a combination of high temperatures and excess sunlight, causing sunburn for your succulents. During the hottest parts of the day, especially in Arizona, it is recommended to move them to a shady area or cover with a cloth. Homeowners in hotter climates should refrain from potting these plants in metal or glass containers.
Protect your succulents in the winter by covering them or bringing them indoors if temperatures hit below 40°F. To determine whether or not a specific succulent variety is suited for the weather in your area, reference the USDA Hardiness Zone for each plant right here!
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