Typical Summer Dormant Succulents You Don’t Want To Miss

Typical Summer Dormant Succulent

Spring is right around the corner! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, the bees are pollinating, and the days are getting longer. Many of your succulents should be ready to wake up, while some are getting ready to slow their growth down as it gets hotter. But why do some of your succulents look great in summer while others look great in autumn?

During the hottest parts of the year, Echeveria and Lithops get ready to put on a show, while in February, your Kalanchoe is growing like crazy. Why is that exactly? Well, it’s because succulents, like all plants, have different growing seasons. (Even spring has its uniqueness)!

We refer to these as “summer growers” and “winter growers”, and knowing the difference can help you better care for your plants, but it’s advantageous when potting arrangements to get a flower show year-round from your succulents!

So, what exactly are the summer growers and winter growers, and how should you care for them? Let’s find out!

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About Summer Dormant Succulents (Winter Growers)

These are a few popular summer dormant succulents that love it when the temperatures drop! While no succulent appreciates proper winter and lots of snow, these generally start to wake up around September and grow until snowfall, then rest until February and continue to thrive until May.

  • Aeonium
  • Aloe
  • Anacampseros
  • Cotyledon
  • Crassula
  • Dudleya
  • Gasteria
  • Graptopetalum
  • Haworthia
  • Kalanchoe
  • Pachyveria
  • Sansevieria
  • Sedum
  • Senecio

Popular succulents That Sleep During Summer

Aeonium – “Kiwi”

Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ is a succulent that sleeps during summer! With striking, vibrant pink and yellow rosettes, they are easy to grow and multiply quickly during their growing season.

Graptoveria – “Opalina”

‘Opalina’ is a typical hybrid between Echeveria ‘colorata’ and Graptopetalum amethystinum. Chunky, opalescent, powdery leaves are an easy-growing succulent that will reward you with many babies when cared for properly.

Sedum morganianum – “Donkey Tail”

Arguably one of the most popular succulents in the world, these trailing Sedums are essential for everyone’s garden. These Sedums will grow fast, long, and effortless to propagate, almost resembling long, chunky hair.

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How To Care for Summer & Winter Succulents

So what does this mean in terms of caring for your succulents? Well, it’s pretty simple. Whether you have a winter or summer grower will determine how much you water and when. Check out this quick guide on how to water succulents.

Summer growers, like Echeveria, prefer a lot more water during the hotter months and very low amounts during winter. On the contrary, Sedums, an extremely popular succulent and winter grower, will need much more water during chillier months and less when it’s hot out.

Not too hard to care for, right? Now here’s where things get interesting. When it comes to succulent arrangements, mixing and matching winter and summer growers can result in a year-long psychedelic show of colors and blooms, especially when you throw some cacti in the mix! But since summer and winter growers require different watering schedules, how do you keep them together and alive?

Well, it’s important to look at exactly HOW you water your succulents. Do you hose them down, soaking them fully? What about watering around the base of each succulent with a pipette or small watering can? Do you just let nature take care of them?

When it comes to succulent arrangements, whether they have drainage or not, it’s always best to water around the base of each succulent, as compared to soaking the entire arrangement. That way, you’re able to meet the needs of each individual plant more precisely.

Read how you can repot your succulents so that no matter if it’s summer or winter, your succulent can grow healthily and vibrant.

When arranging summer and winter growers in a singular arrangement, it’s often times a lot easier to separate them, giving you the ability to water one side more during summer, and one side more during winter. This will also make it easier to fertilize, as you can simply inoculate one side with nutrients, letting the other side stay relatively unfertilized until it’s time for their growing season.

Growing Succulents In Winterless Climates

So you’ve read through everything so far, but you’re confused because you don’t get winters colder than 45℉. Don’t worry, the same rules still mostly apply! Except you will have to pay closer attention to watering your succulents.

If you live in a place where sometimes January or February can reach 60℉ or more, a lot of your succulents will grow and bloom all year, just slowing down a bit during hotter or colder months.

Often times, master succulent or cactus growers will separate summer and winter growers into greenhouses with differing environments, only keeping them outside during spring and fall! However, if you don’t have access to heaters and coolers and greenhouses, a simple fix can be to bring some summer growers inside during the winter, to be placed in a bright window or under grow lights, so they can still experience a simulated winter!

Conversely, the same can be done for winter growers during the warmer months. Pay close attention to their lighting needs, as succulents always prefer bright light! Here’s a great guide of the best grow lights if you’re growing succulents on indoors

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With all this new information under your belt, it’s time to start planting! Look at what you have, what care you can give, and start planning your succulent garden today! It’s always helpful to figure out what plant hardiness zone you live in, and go from there.

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Hey everyone! Welcome to Succulent City! We are all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, we began the journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, our fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and we gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!

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  1. Good day. I live in the Virgin Islands (British). How can I order these succulents? Would you be able to outside the US?

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