Succulents are pretty and tough, so many people love them. But when you have too many, or something changes, you might wonder: where should you put them? For example, it’s freezing in the winter, and you have to move them indoors, or there is a group of infested plants that you want to separate from the rest. Let’s look at why and when you might need to store your succulents and talk about some simple ways to do it.
Why and When to Consider Succulent Storage?
In my experience, there are 5 main reasons that make us think of storing these hardy friends:
- Seasonal Adjustments: Succulents, despite their hardiness, can be sensitive to harsh weather conditions, such as frost or intense heat (or get one of these cold-hardy succulents or heat-tolerant succulents). Moving them into a sheltered location can be essential. However, sunlight is also a part of the equation, so find a place where they can get indirect sunlight.
- Space Optimization: As your collection expands, you might need to utilize your available space better or find additional space. The added space might not be ideal, but it should provide another option. If there is no more added space, you can create some by mounting shelves, hanging planters, or a self-storage unit. The storage unit is an amazing idea, which I will write more in the next section. If you are looking for a self-storage unit service that allows plants, make sure to check StorAmerica Self Storage.
- Pest Management: Quarantining or relocating plants can be crucial in managing and preventing pest infestations. When a plant or a group of plants is having problems, isolating them is necessary. Since they might be rot, dried, and heavily discolored, there is no need for well-round conditions. A spare garage or storage unit is fine.
- Preserving seeds/ cuttings: You already have everything to grow an entire garden, but is there a better time for you to execute it? Storage must be necessary. Both seeds and cuttings need proper storage to keep their ability to germinate or root. Seeds can go bad if wet or exposed to intense light and heat. Cuttings can dry up or rot if not stored right. If you store succulent seeds in a cool and dark place, they can last up to three years, though it’s best to use them earlier. Succulent cuttings usually can’t last longer than 3 weeks. Let them dry a bit, then keep them away from direct sunlight for a few weeks.
- Transitions and Moves: Whether you’re moving homes or renovating, you’ll need temporary solutions to store your plants safely. Or you will need to prepare everything before your succulents arrive, only wait to be displayed. Moving succulents also requires special handling and methods, which you might not want to skip in this article.
My Brainstormed Succulent Storage Ideas
Thinking of storing succulents to preserve them ideally is exciting and challenging at the same time. But in the end, I found more than one way to do it:
Tiered Plant Stands (Pic 1)
This solution is for both space optimization & seasonal change. These stands can save space and look nice. They have many levels, so you can put different plants on each, keeping them organized and growing well. These stands fit well in small spaces and are foldable, making them a compact option for optimizing small places. Also, you can quickly move them indoors or outdoors to suit different climate conditions.
Wall-mounted Shelves (Pic 2)
This is just a solution to optimize space. Also, it adds more of a natural vibe to your place. Apart from that, you can’t move the shelves around as they are mounted to the walls. Therefore, moving the succulents outside for more sunlight will be routine. And when there is a rot problem or pest manifestation, isolation will be more complex. But it looks good, isn’t it?
Hanging planters (Pic 3)
This idea is great for organizing space and reducing the likeliness of nesting pests. The elevating structure allows air circulation between planters and saves space for small rooms/ apartments.
Therefore, it’s less likely to have pests around. This type of storage is particularly useful for those with limited space, such as apartment dwellers. Hanging planters also provide an aesthetically pleasing way to display succulents at eye level, creating a beautiful and lively atmosphere in any room.
Terrariums (Pic 4)
Terrariums can be a good idea for optimizing spaces, are compact to transport, and play as a decorative. They act like little greenhouses with transparent walls (usually made of glass), letting in light while keeping the inside warm and moist. Overall, they look nice. However, the lack of drainage is noticeable. Adding pebbles or charcoal at the bottom and being mindful of overwatering are ways to deal with it. Learn how to make your own succulent terrariums here >>
Window Sills (Pic 5)
Window sills are a handy spot that doesn’t take up extra room. Placing succulents near the window sills is helpful during its growth season as the plant gets more natural light. The growing season for each plant is different, so pay attention to it!
Rolling Carts (Pic 6)
The mobility of a rolling cart is why I let it be a part of this list. Rolling carts allow you to quickly move your succulents around to ensure they receive adequate sunlight and adapt to climate conditions. Make sure to buy a multi-level one that gives you more space to organize your plants.
Self-Storage Units (Pic 7)
For those with extensive demand for storing seeds/ cuttings for propagation or gardening tools, renting a self-storage unit can be a practical solution, though there are challenges.
This solution is excellent for moving families or preserving purposes. Storage units often lack sunlight or controlled temperatures and are more challenging to perform regular care.
Some units may even have rules against plants. So, if you plan on storing live succulents, ensure the unit is climate-controlled and has electricity access to install grow lights.
While succulents are often praised for their low-maintenance nature, ensuring they have the right storage environment is essential for their health. If you want more succulent storage ideas, I hope this post helps. Let me know if there is anything I miss or what is on your mind by leaving a comment below. Happy planting!
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Richard | Editor-in-chief at Succulent City
Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!