New York Succulents


These plants are now a trend in many city homes. In the last year they’ve become the favorite of gardeners and interior designers. Social networks and public meeting sites are full of these beautiful plants that bear the name of succulents. This section will see how to treat these plants in the New York environment, give advice for their care, types of plants that can be grown in this environment, etc.

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Knowing how to treat succulents in winter is one of the most important things we can learn in basic gardening matters. Even more so if we consider that in New York regions, thanks to the change of seasons, the conditions to which our plants are exposed can vary excessively. Caring for succulents in winter is not limited to protecting them only with plastic. Still, we must consider that there are a series of factors or variables that you must take into account to give them a good quality of life, and thus increase the lives of these plants. Therefore, it is recommended that before anything else, we must always keep in mind that it is important to know your succulents and know the environment of your region.

New York weather

In New York, summer, the summery times are hot and humid. On the other hand, winter is very cold and windy. It is wet and partly cloudy practically the whole year. During the course of the year, the temperature typically ranges from 28 ° F to 84 ° F and rarely drops below 14 ° F or rises above 90 ° F.

Succulents in winter

In order to take care of our succulents during the colder seasons, we must understand some of the basic differences between succulent species. Succulents are plants that are characterized by containing water reserves in some of their organs, mostly their leaves. In addition, there are thousands of species of these plants. Among these species, the mayaria originate from arid, desert areas with high temperatures. But there are also succulents native to humid and cold environments that can tolerate temperatures below 23 ° F.

In this way, we can say that succulents are divided into two large groups. Those not resistant to cold are also called delicate or tender succulents. These are made up of species that do not tolerate being exposed to low temperatures or snow contact. On the other hand, we have cold-resistant ones. Also called hard succulents, made up of species that tolerate the lowest temperatures and even frost.

Cold and frost resistant succulents

Since New York’s climate is average winter, it is important that we take into account which is cold and frost resistant succulents—focusing not only on those succulents that do not die when they are exposed to low temperatures, but also those that really manage to thrive even when the winters are very strong.


Probably the most cold-resistant succulents that we can find out there. Almost all the sempervivum genus is resistant to frost, many of which can tolerate temperatures down to -30 ° F. They also grow very well outdoors. They must be in full sun, and their only requirement regarding the soil is that it drains well.



Also called a frost plant or pink carpet, this succulent requires almost no maintenance. In general, it only needs moderate watering and good drainage, and it is attractive to bees and butterflies. It can withstand fairly low temperatures ranging from -15 ° F.



Among the thousands of species of sedum in the world, some of the best and most colorful specimens are found in winter succulents. Among the most cold tolerant sedums are sedum telephium and sedum reflexum. These succulents can withstand down to the minimum temperatures of -15 ° F.



Some varieties of nopal are quite resistant to winter weather. For example the Opuntia Santa Rita is one of them. It can withstand low temperatures down to -30 ° F.


Orostachys Iwarenge

This silver-colored monocarpic succulent is ideal as a plant in winter climates as it is easy to propagate and care for. These succulents require bright light and do not tolerate humid places. It can withstand temperatures down to -30 ° F.

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Agave Parryi

Most agaves cannot stand the cold, but the agave parryi species can tolerate temperatures as low as -15 ° F (-26 ° C). Once planted in a place with direct sunlight, it requires practically no more than basic care.

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Agave Parryi

Succulent problems in winter

Succulent problems in winter, especially in climates like New York, are caused by a combination of several factors: humidity, low temperatures, and frost. In winter, succulents are more prone to rot due to excess humidity and fungi, cold burns, hail injuries or heavy rain. However, the worst damage suffered by succulents in winter due to freezing temperatures is in their tissues.

General care of succulents in cold climates

The frequency of irrigation is gradually decreased. From the autumn, we must begin to have increasingly long lapses in the time between watering. With winter’s arrival, the duration of light and amount of daylight available to our plants also decreases. You need as much lighting as possible. It is advisable to change our succulents’ position by placing them in more illuminated places. Bear in mind that with low temperatures and lack of lighting, the substrate will take longer than usual to dry. In some environments where the winter humidity is too high, a simple mist can be enough to keep the succulents hydrated. Therefore there is no need for watering. We must also consider that succulents in the active growth stage during winter need much more watering than those in their hibernation stage. However, you must also be careful not to overdo it.

Is fertilization good for succulents?

During this wintertime, our succulents do not have the need to be fertilized, and, in fact, fertilizing can be harmful. Most succulents are in hibernation and do not need additional nutrients. In addition, fertilizing can alter their rest, and this can cause abnormal growth or, in some cases, burns due to excess nutrients. Humidity also facilitates the spread of pests. Therefore it is best to regularly check our plants to remove any type of dry leaves and check that there are no signs of pests on the succulent.

Where is the best place to keep succulents?

It is advisable to move our succulents and put them indoors for several reasons. In the first place, by placing them indoors, we are in total control of the plant. If we keep it outside, it could get wet with every drizzle. On the other hand, very heavy rains and hail that can fall in New York City can damage succulents. In addition to damaging their appearance, these types of wounds can make them susceptible to any kind of problems and infections. In case of having our succulents planted directly on the ground, we can take measures such as using transparent plastic to protect them during the coldest time of the year. Strong winds from storms and storms typical of all winter seasons can also cause collateral damage to succulents.

All the delicate succulents that cannot withstand the winter weather should be inside the house during this winter period. It is important to note that the transfer of said succulents to our home must be done before winter starts, preferably during the winter. The explanation for this is that it is much more advisable that they experience the gradual change in temperatures that occurs during the fall. Conveniently, we keep the temperature monitored before starting these times. When the temperature drops to 28 ° F it is time to shelter our plants.