7 Cold Hardy Succulents For Northern Climate You Didn’t Know About

Succulents are known for loving sunshine and warm temperatures. So if you live in a cold climate, you probably think you can’t plant succulents in your garden. Well, luckily, you’re wrong! Some succulents can be grown in cold areas of the country, so you won’t have to settle for other plants!

While it is true that lots of succulents come from warm places like rainforests and deserts, some succulents come from colder, mountainous regions. They’ve adapted to handle below-freezing temperatures, severe frosts, and even snow, so they can stand up to any weather you throw at them!

If you live in a cold, dreary climate, you should plant one of these cold-hardy succulents in your garden this winter to brighten things up! Keep reading to see our full list of seven unique cold-hardy succulents that you probably didn’t know about until now!

1. Whale’s Tongue Agave

The Whale’s Tongue succulent is native to northeastern Mexico, a region that gets some pretty severe winter frosts. That’s why it can handle temperatures down to zero degrees and thrive in growing zones seven through eleven. 

This plant isn’t just cold hardy⁠—it’s also absolutely gorgeous! It has wide, blue-gray leaves that are both distinctive and beautiful. Some people say the leaves look like the curved tongues of orcas and other whales, which is how this succulent got the unique name Whale’s Tongue! 

The Whale’s Tongue succulent can grow to be up to four feet tall and wide. So between its distinctive leaves and its tall height, it’s a real statement plant! 

Interested in the Whale’s Tongue? Click here for our in-depth guide on caring for these large beauties!

7 Cold Hardy Succulents You Didn't Know About
Whale’s Tongue Agave @plantsmans_nursery

2. Blue Spruce—Sedum Reflexum 

This sedum got the name Blue Spruce because its leaves resemble pine needles and are a beautiful blue-green color, just like spruce trees. In the winter, though, the blue-green leaves, that they’re known for, flush salmon pink. We love how the blue and pink colors contrast with each other and add visual interest to a mostly dormant winter garden!

Sedum succulents can stand up to frigid winter temperatures. Sedum can survive cold blasts down to negative thirty degrees, which is pretty impressive for a succulent. So if you live in a super chilled area of the country like the Midwest, Blue Spruce succulents are the ones for you! 

If blue is the color for you, here’s 8 Blue Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden!

7 Cold Hardy Succulents You Didn't Know About
Blue Spruce @tanne_tante.de

3. Jovibarba Heuffelii

You’ve probably heard of Hens and Chicks succulents, but have you heard of Jovibarba? They’re a small genus of succulents that are native to alpine regions and can withstand temperatures down to negative thirty or even forty degrees. They’re often called the “other Hens and Chicks” because they sprout lots of chicks, both on stolons and around their leaves. Jovibarba succulents also have rosettes that are very similar to Hens and Chicks, so they’re pretty hard to tell apart unless you’re a succulent expert! 

This particular variety of Jovibarba, Jovibarba heuffelii, has beautiful green rosettes that flush red during the winter. They also sprout bright yellow bell-shaped flowers in the warmer months and are a beautiful addition to any garden. They’re a little harder to track down than the more common Hens and Chicks plant, but they’re worth the extra effort!

Check out our guide on How to Grow Hens and Chicks Succulents in this article!

7 Cold Hardy Succulents You Didn't Know About
Jovibarba Heuffelii @dig_if_you_will_the_pics

4. Cooper’s Ice Plant—Delosperma cooperi

Ice plants are succulents that are strong enough to withstand the cold— down to negative twenty degrees. Surprisingly, they didn’t get their name because of their cold hardiness, though! Their name stems from the fact that their leaves seem to glisten. Some people say that their leaves look like they’re covered in frost or ice crystals. Sounds beautiful. 

That’s why ice plants are perfect for your garden! In addition to having beautiful, shimmering leaves, they also produce vibrant blooms throughout the summer that look like daisies. This particular variety, Cooper’s Ice Plant, produces bright pink flowers that stand out. So if you want to plant something in your garden that makes a statement all year round, pick up a few of these ice plants! 

Ready to add an Ice Plant to your succulent garden? Here’s our guide on caring for Ice Plants!

7 Cold Hardy Succulents You Didn't Know About
Cooper’s Ice Plant @trueseptemberlove

5. Bronze Carpet—Sedum Spurium 

This beautiful sedum is called Bronze Carpet because it has shimmering coppery leaves and spreads out quickly, covering up the exposed ground around it. In addition to making excellent groundcover, these plants are also incredibly cold-hardy. They can survive in below-freezing temperatures down to negative thirty degrees because they go partially dormant in the winter. They die back and drop some of their leaves in the winter, but they sprout again in the spring, bringing back their beautiful bronze foliage!

Have you noticed some of your succulents losing their leaves? They may be a monocarpic succulent. Learn more about monocarpic succulents in this article. Click here!

6. Soapweed Yucca

Most yucca plants come from warm, tropical regions, but luckily there are a few cold-hardy varieties that can be planted in temperate climates! This particular variety, the Soapweed Yucca, is cold hardy down to negative thirty-five degrees. 

This plant has thin and pointy bluish-green leaves and looks very similar to agave. It can grow to be three or four feet wide and sprouts impressive white flowers in the warmer months. They’re bell-shaped and grow on a tall flowering stalk that towers above the rest of the plant. You’ll love how this plant looks in your garden all year round, but especially in the summer when it flowers!

Check out these 5 Outdoor Succulents to give your new Soapweed Yucca some friends!

7 Cold Hardy Succulents You Didn't Know About
Soapweed Yucca @dain_carlson

7. Euphorbia Rigida

This Euphorbia isn’t as cold-hardy as some of the other succulents on this list—it can only survive if the temperature is zero or above. But it’s a pretty impressive, beautiful succulent, so it’s worth planting in your garden anyway! It has spiky green leaves that grow off of a stem and sprouts beautiful yellow-green flowers in the spring. It grows upright and can get to be two feet tall, so it’s an attention-grabbing succulent that will become a centerpiece in your garden no matter the season!

For some inspiration on succulent displays, here are the Top 8 Succulent Terrariums of the year!


7 Cold Hardy Succulents You Didn't Know About
Euphorbia Rigida  @ugghfhfh2

All of the succulents on this list are both eye-catching and cold hardy, so they’d make great additions to your garden! Which of these succulents are you going to hunt down and plant in your backyard? We want to get our hands on some ice plants. Let us know your favorites in the comments section below!

Since we touched upon succulents that can confidently withstand the cold, it’s only fair we display succulents are that extremely heat resistant! Click here for our article “5 Extremely Heat Tolerant Succulents.” And check out our guide on Overwatered Succulent Remedies too!

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Happy planting! 🌵

Split Rock Succulent (Pleiospilos Nelii)

When you thought the succulent source was drying out, another entrant comes forward to prove you wrong. But maybe you hadn’t thought that you’ve heard of all the available succulents; they’re too many.

It is the sheer number that makes it impossible to know what to expect next. With all the shapes, sizes, and colors, there is always an element of surprise when it comes to succulents.

Take the split rock succulent (Pleiospilos nelii), for instance. Tiny by all standards, yet its unique look ensures it stands out (well, if there are no pebbles around). But even with the pebbles, these succulents bare showy blooms larger than their size – they just can’t be ignored.

No wonder they’re now priced ornamental pieces in homes.

As a succulent lover, it’s only natural that you know such earth beauties. That’s why we’ve made it our responsibility to inform you of all that there is concerning them.

Today, it’s the split rock’s turn to get known – we bet you there’s a ton for that matter. Just keep scrolling to find out.

Split Rock Succulent Pleiospilos Nelii
The split rock succulent in a green planter @so0tie

Split Rock – Scientific Classification and Description

Split rock goes by the botanical name Pleiospilos nelii and is a native of South Africa. Its natural habitat is dry for a larger part – arid and semi-arid areas. Besides the split rock common name, others that refer to it include mimicry plant and cleft stone.

The plant itself is devoid of a stem, instead, having between 2 to 4 opposite leaves and attains an approximate height of 3.2 in.

The leaves have a hemispherical shape and can grow to a diameter of 4 in maximum. They are green-grey and separated by a sort of a crack, hence the names cleft stone and split rock. A new pair of leaves forms annually.

Flowers emerge during winter from the cleft and usually turn out to be a bit larger than the plant. The blooms are showy and come out in a variety of colors, including orange, white, yellow, and magenta. Expect to see them in winter.

Make sure you go check out “8 Most Popular Succulents from Africa” to see what other amazing succulents come from this region.

How to Grow a Thriving Split Rock Succulent

You want a good-looking succulent plant. That’s for sure. Here’s what you’ll need to be keen on.

1. Climatic conditions

The split rock can be grown as an outdoor jewel in warmer regions. That’s typically USDA zones 9 to 11. Don’t worry if your area falls out of this range.

You can always grow it in a container so that you can bring it inside as temperatures start going down. The cold tends to take a toll on its general health.

2. Soil requirements 

Since it’s a succulent plant, well-draining soil is the rule. It’s used to growing in largely dry soils in its natural home, so giving it something close will work out favorably.

And be sure to use soil that is poorly constituted in terms of organic matter. Again, this is something the plant has adapted to over the years growing in the wild.

Adding sand and pebbles will sort out these two conditions perfectly.

Make sure to use a pot that is at least 5 inches deep as the mimicry plant will need to flex that taproot a bit.

Learn to make your own succulent soil in “How to Make Your own Succulent Soil at Home“. Try it out!

3. Ideal light exposure

Split rock plants value those rays. Want smiling plants? Let them enjoy the full sun. But in case this is impossible, partial shade is still fine.

For areas that necessitate indoor growth, this plant must be exposed to maximum light to thrive. Ideally, a spot near a south-facing window will be sure to meet this condition.

Make sure to also check out “Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents” to see if growing your succulents indoors with grow lights could be bad for your little guys.

4. Watering frequency

Again, when you go in with the watering can remember the natural habitat of the split rock – driest parts. So that means the water should be just a little to push it by.

Even then, the seasons will determine just how this little guy should be.

Naturally, the growing seasons for this plant are spring and summer. During these seasons, pause between waterings to allow the soil to dry out completely.

Come winter, water needs would have reduced significantly, and that means you must cut back on the amount you give. Once every few weeks is enough.

Excess water will cause the leaves to split or, worse, the whole plant to rot.

That said, you can play around with watering patterns to increase the likelihood of your plant to bloom. At the onset of summer and later on, when autumn is wrapping up, you can increase the watering to every once per week. You should keep at this until the night temperatures in autumn begin to come down.

Be sure to also check out “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter” to see options on taking care of your succulent plant during the colder season.

5. Fertilization

You can fertilize your mimicry plant in late fall, albeit lightly. While at it, check that your fertilizer does not have a high nitrogen amount. This will induce rapid growth, yes. But the resultant plant will be a soft target for disease.


Split Rock Succulent Pleiospilos Nelii
A young split rock succulent flowering @queeeniie

Propagation of Pleiospilos nelii 

You have two options as far getting new baby Pleiospilos nelii is concerned; via seeds and by division.

1. Seeds

Well, you can go with this if you’re willing to wait for some time (longer than the second method below).

Soak your seeds for a full day (24 hours) and sow them in the sand. Remember to keep it light – not too much sand. Also, keep the sand just damp throughout the entire period of germination.

All of these should be done during the summer.

2. Division

You should choose this over seeds. It’s faster and a bit easier.

All you have to do is cut off a leaf from the parent plant in spring just before your split rock has brought out any new growths. And the rules as far as cutting tools are concerned still hold – should be sharp and sterilized.

Allow the cut part to callous before placing the leaf in a well-draining mix to root.

Need more guide on propagating? Check out our piece “How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully“.

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Pest and Problems of the Split Rock Plants

Good news, this tiny cutie is resistant to pest and disease attacks. So you don’t have to worry on that front.

But like any other succulent plant, rot is still a big issue. And that’s due to overwatering. So keep an eye out on how you do it if you want to grow a glowing plant (who doesn’t?).

Try our guide to “Overwatered Succulent Remedies” for tips on salvaging your succulents if overwatered.

Also, watch your fertilization and the different seasons of the year. As mentioned above, high-nitrogen feed in late fall will sure produce rapid growth but then at the cost of disease-resistance (and the whole plant eventually).

Don’t forget to also read “What is Root Rot & How Do You Fix It?” to see how root rot damages your succulent plant and how to fix it.

Split Rock Succulent Pleiospilos Nelii
Split rock growing in a bowl @caluclamom

Thank you for reading with us today! Enjoyed learning about the split rock succulent? If so, you’ll really enjoy our ebook about “The Most Common Issues Amongst Succulent Growers“. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents.

Check out related articles from other rare succulents to add to your shopping list like “Blooming Beauty: Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii)” or “Cutest Succulents: Living Stones (Lithops)“.

Happy Planting! 🌵

How Big Do Air Plants Grow?

Ever walk into a room and noticed little plant-like decorations? You ask the host where you can get a piece or two to decorate your home, and they mention that they are actual plants. If you are not familiar with the Tillandsia plants, you would probably think they are pulling your leg. These Air plants grow without soil, how?

It is quite perplexing to a newbie who has no idea how air plants survive. They can live without soil, as a matter of fact, the dirt will suck the life out of these extraordinary beauties. The atmosphere around them supplements their every nutritional need- food, air, and sunlight.

These cuties come in differing colors, shapes, and sizes that make them favorable to place on whatever staging you wish to. Be it on a geometrical model, a hung metallic frame or a simple glass tabletop terrarium. You may even include one variety or two as part of your fairy garden. However, for this to be possible, you have to familiarize yourself with the exact size each grows so that you know the best location to place them. Every species germinates from a seed, then a seedling, then a fully grown plant. But the question we are to answer today is how big do they grow? And the best way to do so is to take a look at the largest kinds in the Tillandsia family.

How Big Do Air Plants Grow
Grow Your Air Plants @m.o.m.o_sapiens


This air plant has long wave-like dark green tendrils that originate from the bulbose base and meander outwards. The thin flat leaves give the crop a striking resemblance to an under the sea creature because of their unique winding nature that grows freely in all directions. The leaves at the base of the plant are usually highlighted with an attractive hue of plum and will yield a bright red bloom and bright violet petals when it flowers.

This crop marks its origins on the wild sides of the Caribbean basin and Central America. It loves the humid air found in such regions. These Bromeliad epiphytes use their tiny roots to anchor themselves on any surface. They are therefore found growing on trees and rocks where they get plenty of direct shaded light.

A full-grown Tillandsia Bulbosa produces large bulbous bases that can range between 2 to an astounding 9 inches in circumference and 18 inches in height. Their narrow, curled up leaves can spread to a length of 8 to 10 inches.

Due to their larger size as compared to other air plants, they do best when grown in open structures such as open frames and unconstricted containers.

Make sure to check out “7 Rare Air Plants You Need in Your Home” to see a full list of rare airplants for your home.

Caput Medusa

If you are familiar with the Greek mythological story of medusa, you will recall that her head was filled with live snakes. And this air plant appears as this name suggests. The snake-shaped green leaves bring an exotic flair on any surface this crop is placed.

The Caput Medusa acts as an ant-plant in the wild, where it provides a habitat to the small animals. And in return, the ants keep the plant safe by repelling pests and providing a natural fertilizer by means of their feces. When grown domestically, they do enjoy the brightly lit spots that receive filtered bright light. This air plant loves humid air, and that is why it prefers being sprayed as opposed to being soaked in water.

A mature Caput Medusa’s grey-blue, snake-shaped leaves grow to a stature of around 9.8 inches. This air plant would look divine located on a shell decoration or laid on a wooden saucer as centerpiece art.

Take a look at “5 Types of Air Plants” to see other types similar to the caput medusa you can get for your home.

How Big Do Air Plants Grow
Medusa is Growing @chengjit


The Tillandsia Circinata is a sturdy, light fuzzy green stalky air plant with a lot of character. This air plant has trichomes covering the leaves, and they help the plant acquire nutrients from the air. During its blooming season, the crop grows strikingly bright yellow or purple flowers that are a great attraction to bees and hummingbirds.

Tillandsia Circinata traces its original habitat in the countryside of Mexico, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and the southern united states.

This air plant grows to an approximate width of 1 inch at the base and around 7 to 9 inches in height. The Circinata looks wonderful mounted on driftwood.

Don’t miss out on “Your Ultimate Guide on How to Care for Air Plants” for our full guide to taking care of your air plants.


This grass-like species is native to the west indies, Mexico and Central America. This Tilly looks fantastic in a hanging planter or a simple tabletop planter. It has a very memorable fan-like leaf structure that grows to a height of about 12 to 18 inches. It is perhaps one of the biggest air plants found. Although, there are smaller versions of this crop that grow to a height of about 5 to 7 inches and 8 to 10 inches.

It is an extremely hardy plant that forms a clump over time, but before then it blooms charming royal purple flowers. It does well under brightly filtered lights, a low- moderate watering regime and an easy-going maintenance schedule.

Learn how to take care of your air plants and check out “Why Do My Air Plants Keep Dying?” for tips on maintaining them.


The xerographic air plant is a striking air plant that has a bright mossy green coloring on the gently gathered leaves. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful large air plants that look beautiful placed as it is. With or no container, it is a sight to behold. The leaves grow and curl inwards towards itself, forming a bowl-like shape. The leaves are thicker at the base and extend into thinner streams.

It relishes direct sunlight in the summertime. Its watering is not so time-consuming as one may either do a frequent misting or soak it in water for fifteen minutes at least once a month.

The seedling alone volumes 2 to 4 inches and the jumbo matured one measures 8 to 10 inches. And with proper care, the Tilly’s size can multiply three times over. The fascinating thing about this air plant is its bloom. Its sensational floweret can be an astounding four times the plant’s height. For this reason, the Xerographica makes an incredible centerpiece for any table.


How Big Do Air Plants Grow
Fascinating Air Plant @sirenofsucculents

Contrary to belief, air plants can actually grow to super and jumbo sizes. Evident from the sorts mentioned above. And just like their smaller counterparts, they still look amazing!!

Thank you for reading with us today! Enjoyed learning about how big do air plants grow? If so, you’ll really enjoy our ebook about “Rare Succulents You Wish You Knew About“. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents. 

Happy Planting! 🌵

What Exactly Is A Crested (Monstrose) Succulent?

Succulents are perhaps the most unique plants to grace the face of the earth. Their extraordinary forms of shapes and differently colored rosettes are quite the spectacle in your garden. All succulents are generally characterized by having fleshy water-filled stems, branches, and leaves that come to their rescue in the drier days. So what makes them Crested Or Montrose?

Besides the overall classifications, we have more specialized types, for example, the cacti that have spikes. And further within the cacti classification, the features get more specific in a widely spread broad spectrum. The breakdown goes on and on in an almost infinitely fashion.

And as if their different hues and weird shapes are not enough, there is a bizarre section of this genus that is Crested and Montrose.

What Exactly Is A Crested Monstrose Succulent
What Makes Them a Monster @cupcakesprinklebottom

Why Do Succulents Become Crested Or Monstrose?

A succulent becomes crested or monstrose as a result of the modification of their cells. These mutations occur when the original mother plant undergoes some change at its growth points where the meristem cells are found. At the apical meristem, a single growing point is adjusted to make multiple growing points.

And on each newly formed growth point, the cells begin to multiply erratically, elongating the growing tip to create a fan. The fan then develops numerous foliage that pushes each other, resulting in an overcrowded unprecedented leaves pattern.

Check out how long your succulents will last you in “How Long Do Succulents Live?“.

Crested succulents are the ones that such a mutation happens on one or two parts of the crop. New cells form from a single point and push the older cells outwards in a nearly radially symmetrical pattern. The resulting mutation growth originates from a line rather than a single location. Cristates look neat and balanced in appearance and structure.

In cases where the crests develop in the plant’s early stages, the crop remains immature and rarely flowers. But when it transpires, later on, they develop functional reproductive anatomy where they flower as scheduled. Crested succulents may have normally growing stems attached to the same plant. It is, therefore, easier to find out the species of that succulent by looking at the usual sections.

Learn more on these succulents by taking a look at “Where Do Most Succulents Come From?“.

What Exactly Is A Crested Monstrose Succulent
Look of Monster @girlwholovesplants

Likely Causes Of These Mutations

Owing to the fact that these modifications are untimed and unpredictable, scientists cannot really pinpoint clear-cut sources. It has become a somewhat perplexing and mind-twisting venture since it develops at any time during the growth cycle of the succulent. The most bewildering part is that it may or may not occur entirely. Therefore the investigation lacks consistency, and that distorts the whole study. But they instead have hunches as to why these modifications happen. Below are some of the likely causes:

Physical Stress

Any physical stress that a succulent may face may be a probable cause of such mutations. These stresses may include ones induced by weather such as extreme heat or coldness, which prompts the cells to adjust to accommodate the change. Other physical stresses may be as a result of prior insect damage, disease injury, and even trimming.

Chemical Trauma

The chemicals used in the manufacture of pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers are meant to be beneficial, but an ingredient or two may do otherwise. Some of the chemicals are toxic to the plant such that they affect the cells causing them to rearrange themselves, resulting in a variation.

These mutations may be the root cause of the formation of the crested or monstrose plant parts. Chemical trauma, however, does not happen on the first application but instead affect the succulent after being in use over a period of time.

Genetical Modifications

Mutations are a result of an adjustment or change of an organism’s DNA arrangement. A simple adjustment, even in humans, results in drastic unfathomable changes. The thing about these shifts is that they are unpredictable and that they happen spontaneously. These unplanned changes may result in the formation of these two growth types.

Looking to grow your own succulents? Check out our piece on “Summer & Winter Succulents: What’s the Difference?” for tips on options when it comes to choosing the right succulent for the right season.

What Exactly Is A Crested Monstrose Succulent
Genetic Alterations @cloud9_plants


The sun’s rays come in different wavelengths, some are valuable, and some are harmful to plants. The useful ones are the ones that aid in the process of photosynthesis. The harmful ones, on the other hand, do just as their name suggests, harm.

The most obvious result of these rays is that they scorch the succulent on the surface. And they may also affect the internal parts of the succulent by causing the cells to either die or readjust themselves. These changes may result in the formation of the Montrose or crested stems or branches.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Succulents, just like all crops, require a set of nutrients to flourish. And a lack of one of these nutrients may result in the mutation of the plant cells. For instance, the lack of zinc has been found to result in the crested form mutation.


Bacterial, fungal, or viral infections may cause some genetic disturbances that may result in a succulent becomes crested or. A pathogen by the name Phytoplasma has been identified to be the causative agent of cresting in some species.


What Exactly Is A Crested Monstrose Succulent
Take Care of Your Succulent @cemosukulentbahce

As mentioned above, both of these mutations are unpredictable and therefore, may develop in almost all succulent species. But there have been a few varieties that have been widely affected by these mutations.

Thank you for reading! Let us know in the comments below if any of your succulents at home have encountered this phenomenon.

Did this article help answer your succulent-care questions? We sure hope so! If not, no worries. Succulent City is devoted to aiding all succulent lovers, and that’s why we created a line of ebook guides! Check out our in-depth tips on “Essential Tools for Planting the Best Succulents” or even “All the Types of Succulents for Indoor & Outdoor“.

Happy Planting! 🌵

Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents

Will your succulents thrive or strive with grow lights above them?

You probably saw how succulents could survive indoors in a dry environment. You took up the idea to beautify your interiors using these exotic plants. On the other hand, succulents can add beauty to your exterior environment. When it is winter you will need to protect them from the frost and cold temperatures.

You are now worried about whether grow lights are harmful to your beautiful succulents. This article will help you know the interaction between your grower lights and succulents. You will get to understand the positives of using artificial lights for your plants, how to get the best out of the grow, and lots of other valuable information.

You will not find this elsewhere, simple, clear and workable.

Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents
The Idea of Growing @maykdesigns

Light Needs for Your Succulents

Every plant requires light for it to stay alive. The light is essential in that it helps the plants during the food making process called photosynthesis. Without the light, there will be no food for the plant, and without the food, there will be no life for the plant.

This food theory is quite different when it comes to succulents. The plants have thick and fleshy leaves which enables them to store food for longer, unlike other plants. This phenomenon may beg the question of whether grow lights are of any importance when having a succulent indoors.

The Answer to This Question is NO.

Succulents are known to survive indoors without direct sunlight. The light from an open window is enough for the plant to process its food and stay alive. Even when it’s winter, you do not necessarily need to budget for grow lights for your succulents if your primary goal is for them to survive before being kicked out when the snow stops falling.

Don’t miss out on our EbookBest Lighting Practices for Succulent Growth” for a full guide to lighting your succulents.

Grow Lights for Succulents vs No Grow Lights

If plants can go without grow light, should you be bothered about purchasing them?

Colorful, bright, lively, and lovely succulents may be hard to come by without the use of grow lights indoors. Plants bring amazing aesthetics to your interiors. But wait, etiolated and faded leaves will not be part of this mission. It will be like carrying a wounded soldier into a raging battlefield.

You can now comfortably claim that grow lights are necessary for beautiful indoor succulents. Also, check out “7 Best Succulents for Low Light Environments” for more indoor succulent options.

Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents
The Aesthetic Value of Your Houses @skys_succulents

Amount of Artificial Lighting Recommended for Succulents

Equilibrium brings sanity, even to plants.

However, for your succulents, never should you be worried about anything to do with maximum artificial lighting levels.

The adaptation factors of succulents make them survive in hot and dry climates. Such is the main reason why we expect cactus plants all over the desert and nowhere near the Amazon forest. If you’re worried whether too much light from a grow light will wreak havoc on your succulents, then you are yet to experience the amount of sunlight in the desert.

Possible Facts

Succulent can take as much light as possible. If you want them to glow even in the wee hours of the morning when no one is seeing them, keep your grow light on.

However, there is one more unique thing with succulents.  They will need some darkness to grow and develop. Switch off your lights at some point of the night. You can use automatic timed regulators for the same.

Best Grow Light for Succulents

Well, succulent can tolerate lots of hardships, but you definitely want what is best for them. With a market flooded with different types of artificial lights, there are several factors that you can consider. Check out our review on the best possible grow lights to buy. Check out “Best Grow Lights Reviewed by Succulent Lovers” for more.

Here is a simplified guide to finding the best lighting system for your dear plants.

The Power of The Lamps

The sun provides at least 10000 lumens of light on an average day. If you can manage to get the same amount of light for your succulents, then you are confident of getting optimum results. You can tweak your lamps by keeping them on for longer hours to match the amount of light produced by the sun. 12 to 14 hours is a good measure.

Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents
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The higher the wattage, the more you’ll be paying for electricity bills. You don’t want to break the bank by making your succulents increase your bills. Energy-efficient bulbs are also great for achieving a sustainable environment.

Heat Radiation

Lamps convert electrical energy into light and heat. Most types of bulbs will produce heat; for some of them, you cannot touch them while on as they can cause injury.

Grow lights that emit vast amounts of heat can burn your plants. This will mean you have to move them a distance further away. On the other hand, getting the plants far away will deprive them of the light.

Be wary of the make of your lights before purchasing them. Read your manual well to determine the best distance between the grow light and your succulents.

Color Temperature

Do you understand what color temperatures are? This is the visible light that your succulent will be radiating. The measure of color temperature is in kelvins.

Optimum color temperature for indoor succulents is in the range of 5000 to 6500 Kelvins. However, you can tweak your color temperature to suit your preferences. For instance, a color temperature of as low as 3000 kelvins is suitable for blooming succulents while highs of 6500k kelvins will be good for stimulating growth.


Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents
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Are grow lights bad for my succulents? No.

Grow lights are a good idea for your indoor succulent plants. They help them remain in the best shape and size with little stress.

The need for grow lights is dependent on whether you want your succulents to remain beautiful when indoors, or you want them to survive the harsh winter conditions. Let us know in the comments below what kind of grow lights do you have at home.

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Happy planting! 🌵