Totem Pole Cactus (Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus)

Totem Pole Cactus Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus

Cacti are probably the most popular succulents we have around. Remember the days when cactus and succulent were used synonymously?

Thank God, we know better now.

We know cacti are part of the larger succulents group and the two are not interchangeable. Succulents are diverse with a ton of individual plant types – and cacti are part of this diversity.

Further on, the cacti have a diverse background. There are so many cacti species. Any three you know of?

Well, here’s the fourth one: the totem pole cactus.

Have you seen the cactus plant? Heard about it maybe? Or this is your first time?

Whatever the case, you’ll have more than a handful of information about this yet another wonder from the succulent kingdom. Read on.

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A thickly stemmed cactus @succulentsontheside

Totem Pole Cactus

Lophocereus schotii var. monstrosus is the name the totem pole cactus goes by in the botanical world. It is yet another beauty that goes against the usual spiny – and sometimes dangerous – nature of a majority of cacti.

Its entire height, which can be as high as 12 ft, is covered by a series of tiny spineless bumps – a characteristic brought about by mutation. But if it grows to maturity, you’re bound to see traces of its past spiky glory.

At full height, the cactus plant bears sharp grey spikes at the stem tips.

Native to the Mexican state of Baja California, the totem pole cactus is green and flowers only occasionally. The blooms are pink and open during the night – so probably you’ll never see them. They come out in summer.

Be sure to also check out “What Is Special About A Cactus?” to see more features on the cacti species and what makes them so special.

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A young cactus @artslug_

Totem Pole Cactus Care

This cactus is pretty easy to nurture. It’s a set-and-nearly-forget type of plant.

As long you have a few pieces of the puzzle in place, you’ll have your plant for as long you wish — the most important details to pay attention to include watering, potting mix, and lighting.

Very paramount also is your area’s USDA hardiness. This will determine whether you’ll grow your totem pole cactus as an outdoor plant or an indoor one.

Have a closer look at each one of these below.

1. Ideal climate – outdoor or indoor growth?

The totem pole cactus is ideal for both outdoor and indoor growth. But there’s no denying – it’s such a darling with outdoor growth. This could be attributed to its rather imposing physique.

The bad news is that not every area will be suitable for growing this beauty piece outside, at least not all year round.

Places that experience a warm climate can accommodate the totem pole cactus in the open quite well. And that is throughout the whole year. In terms of hardiness zones, we’re talking of areas with values from 9 to 11.

For cooler parts, you can still grow your plant outdoors. But it should be in a container so that you bring it inside as the cold months approach.

Be sure to also check out our guide “How to Successfully Grow Indoor Succulents” for more info on growing indoors.

2. Lighting for the totem pole cactus

The totem pole cactus cherishes the sun, so much. That means you should make sure it’s getting as much of it as possible – not a few hours, we’re talking a full day here.

This is fairly simple if you’re growing this cactus plant in a garden – assuming your climate is ideal for such. All you need is a clear spot devoid of any shade.

For indoors, place your plant near the window receiving the most hours of sunlight throughout the day.

Anything partial and your plant won’t be as impressed with its growth.

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3. Totem pole cactus watering requirements

This is a drought-tolerant plant. A few prolonged periods of not quenching it isn’t much of a bother.

Nevertheless, you still need to be watering your baby – and your frequency will depend on whether you’re raising it in a container or out there in the garden.

Indoors, it’s best to wait at least two weeks between watering and a week when the plant is outdoors, in the ground. These are the rough timelines during which the soil would have dried up.

If you can’t keep with counting the days (it’s only natural) then simply checking whether the top part of the soil is dry or not will do just fine. You want to make sure that the soil has completely dried out before heading for your watering can.

The frequency will also be influenced by seasons. You’ll need to water your plant often during, say, a heatwave and much less when the temperatures tumble. The trick is in keeping an eye on the topsoil.

Sometimes you may even overwater your cactus. For that, check out our piece “5 Dangers Of Overwatering A Cactus” for tips on salvaging your cactus plant.

4. Soil requirements

The above watering requirements will only make sense if you have the right soil in place for your totem pole cactus.

As it is the norm with succulent plants, make sure the soil you put your plant in is well-draining. It just ensures your plant is getting the scarce water conditions it’s used to in the wild. And that’s how you end up with a truly ornamental possession.

Learn how to make your own succulent soil in “How to Make Your own Succulent Soil at Home“.

Totem Pole Cactus Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus
Close up of a cactus @crazy_plant_guy

Totem Pole Cactus Propagation

Getting new totem babies is possible through stem cuttings. And the whole process is a piece of cake.

Here’s a cheat sheet for going about it:

  • Identify a stem with a few healthy bumps and cut it off, a few inches from the tip, using a sharp, sterilized knife. Make sure your cut is at an angle to prevent water accumulation on the parent plant.
  • Treat the wounds on both the remaining stem and the cutting using scouring powder to prevent infections. This is optional, but it’s always good to be proactive.
  • Store your cutting away from direct sunlight, giving it just enough time for the cut part to callus. This takes a few weeks.
  • Now it’s time to stick your cutting in a well-draining mix.
  • Give your cutting a few days before you start watering. Follow the watering routine outlined above and keep it away from direct sunlight.
  • The roots will form between 2 to 6 weeks, and you’ll have a new plant to look out for. At this point, you can start to gradually increase the exposure to sunlight and follow the above caring tips.

Check out more tips on propagating by taking a look at “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents“.

Totem Pole Cactus Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus
Succulent planted in a black planter @soitgrows_

Pests and Problems

The totem pole cactus is a hardy succulent plant. Sure, the cactus can go for long periods without water– like all succulent plants. But what sets it apart is its resistance to pests and diseases. So you shouldn’t worry at all on those fronts.

What you want to keep tabs on are your watering and the soil mix. Root rot is still a major nightmare here. Refer to the caring requirements above.

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There is no shortage of places when it comes to buying a totem pole cactus. The most no-brainer options are Amazon and Etsy.

Aside from these e-com giants, there are many enough options that are even better since their sole focus is on succulent plants. Check out the full list in this post. Check out this totem pole cactus we found online just for you!

Thank you for reading! Be sure to check out more from the cacti species by checking out “Blooming Beauty: Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii)” or even “Cottontop Cactus – Echinocactus Polycephalus“.

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Happy Planting! ?

5 Best Outdoor Succulents-Improve Your Garden Scenery Now

5 Best Outdoor Succulents

Is your garden looking ‘meh’?

How do you make your garden stand out from the rest of your neighbors? You could add a couple of gnomes and lighting tricks to make things a little different, but that can get tricky, tiring, and expensive! We just want to lounge around watching our succulents grow right?

You’re in luck! Beautiful mother nature thinks of everything and has mysterious and outlandish succulents that you can grow to transform your garden from drab to fab.

Have a look at the best outdoor succulents that are sure to improve your garden’s scenery and will most likely make your neighbor jealous!

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Agave Ovatifolia—Whale’s Tongue

Sitting as a solitary stunner in a decorative container, the Agave Ovatifolia is an evergreen perennial that will melt the heart of even the most lethargic of gardeners. Standing proudly at heights between 2 and 5 ft tall, this succulent boasts naturally cupped, broad leaves forming as a rounded rosette. The thick leaves on this outdoor succulent are grey to powdery blue in color, have small, sharp teeth along the margins and a long, dark grey, terminal spine. Get your own Agave Ovatifolia, here!

This succulent originally hails from Nuevo Leon in North Eastern Mexico and it is commonly known as Agave or Whale’s Tongue. The size of the plant can be determined by the amount of irrigation the succulent gets. Agave does brilliantly in well-draining soil, try our go-to potting soil here, and has minimal water requirements, mostly during the summer. Here’s a nifty little watering can you can use!

This slow growing plant will produce flowers only once in its lifetime and this is after it is more than 15 years old! Dense clusters of yellow-green flowers develop from a long, dark grey terminal spine and the main crown dies after blooming.

Agave is famous for being both drought resistant and cold hardy, making it an exceptional outdoor succulent. Place this plant away from traffic as its sharp teeth could be harmful to children and pets.

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Sempervivum—Hens and Chicks

When looking for an outdoor succulent that will literally spread and fill the earth, look no further than Sempervivum or Hens and Chicks as it is colloquially known. With its origins in Western Asia, North Africa, and Southern Europe, Sempervivum was planted on rooftops to keep roof slates in place as well as to protect from lightning and fire. Looking through Air BnB, you will certainly find some old European cottages that still have Hens and Chicks on the roof.

This low growing plant propagates via offsets, with the parent rosettes or ‘mother’ plant referred to as ‘hens’ and the offsets that spring from them referred to as ‘chicks’. The succulent takes on the form of a compact rosette and boasts thick, fleshy leaves that grow alternately from a central point, check it out here, from Amazon!

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Sempervivum reproduces with wild abandon, and its cold tolerance and hardiness make it a survivor under the most unpleasant circumstances. They have been known to survive in Michigan and Colorado where temperatures have dropped to -34°C!

There are over 40 different species of cultivars that have been developed from the genus Sempervivum, and these can be differentiated by color. Some examples are the Terracotta Baby that has orangey-red foliage, the Bernstein that has copper leaves with sprinkles of gold, and Big Blue that has bluish-green leaves. Whatever your preference, there is definitely a Hens and Chicks species to suit your landscape needs and outdoor succulents desire.

For a more in-depth look and the proper care for the Hens and Chicks succulent, head over to our article How to Grow Hens and Chicks Succulents now!

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Hens and Chicks @succulentsoflosfeliz

Senecio Mandraliscae—Blue Chalk Sticks

The Senecio Mandraliscae is also referred to as Blue Chalk Sticks or Blue Finger, and true to its name, it has silvery blue, pencil-like fleshy leaves that grow between 2 and 4 inches long. This exotic native of South Africa resembles a sea urchin and looks fantastic as ground cover, especially when in contrast with other plants. Get your own Blue Chalk Sticks succulent, here, from Etsy.

The leaves of this succulent have a waxy, white coat that helps protect it from hot, dry conditions, perfect for an outdoor succulent. Blue Chalk Sticks produce small, white flowers in the middle of summer. It enjoys areas where there is full sunshine or light shade. Give your Blue Chalk Sticks a beautiful, blue home in these pots. They’ll contrast beautifully together!

This plant can grow between 12 and 18 inches tall and creates a thick mat that forms from the ground with its leaves facing up. As a drought-tolerant succulent, Blue Chalk Sticks can survive for long periods without water.

You can tell that they are dying of thirst when the leaves start to wilt and shrink. Like most succulents, Blue Chalk Sticks prefer to be watered only when the soil is completely dry.

Think you may have over-watered your succulent and concerned about rotting? Check out our article “Why is My Succulent Rotting?” to see what you can do to save your succulent baby.

This succulent not only adds aesthetic value to rock gardens, boarders or terrariums, but word on the gardening- grapevine is that it is also known to be fire-resistant.

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Pachycereus Marginatus—Mexican Fence Post Cactus

Have you ever wanted a natural fence for your piece of land? Well, we have the perfect environmental friendly solution for you.

Making a strong vertical statement where ever it appears, the Mexican Fence Post Cactus is truly a sight to behold. This outdoor succulent is amply named after Mexican villagers used it to construct a living fence, especially along the roads. Talk about the perfect outdoor succulent, with protective features!

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It shoots straight up from the ground, and unlike other cacti varieties, the Mexican Fence Post does not grow arms. Instead, its little ones (offshoots) grow right next to the ‘parent’ but vertically, similar to a pipe organ. The ‘post’ has 4 to 6 symmetrical ridges with rows of small, white thorns that (from a distance) make the succulent look like it has white stripes.

This handsome cactus can reach up to 20 feet tall, and develops faster with supplemental irrigation. (Unless you have a 20ft ceiling, this succulent might only be an outdoor succulent). During springtime, this succulent produces showy, pinkish-red flowers that further develop into red fruits with black seeds. Get your own Mexican Fence Post Cactus, here!

Being such a popular character, the Pachycereus Marginatus also goes by the names Central Mexico Pipe Organ, Organ Pipe Cactus, and Organo.

It’s pretty clear from the name that this plant originates from… yeah; you guessed it, Central Mexico!

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Mexican Fence Post Cacti standing tall @stevevonsteen

Echinocactus Grusonii – Golden Barrel Cactus

Have you heard about the succulent that desert travelers used as a compass? Allow us to introduce you to Echinocactus Grusonii, commonly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus. This whimsical plant is sometimes referred to as the Golden Ball Cactus or Mother-in-law’s cushion.

Spherical in shape, the Golden Barrel Cactus has ribs around it that are covered with hooked yellow spines. The spines may be slightly curved or straight and occasionally appear white in color.  The plant has a wooly, thick, hairy mat at the top that produces yellow, cup-shaped flowers.  The cactus may reach a height of up to 1 meter and has a life span of 30 years. Only mature species produce flowers when grown outdoors with full exposure to the sun.

As the plant grows older, it starts to take more of an oblong shape, leaning to the south or southwest, hence the compass theory. This succulent is a full sun worshiper and has a tendency to suddenly rot away when in low light environments.

If you are hoping to stand out in your neighborhood, this is the perfect plant to create a striking statement. Whether planted in groups, in a quirky container, or alongside rocks, Golden Barrel Cactus definitely attracts attention wherever it grows. Ready to buy your own? Get it on Etsy, here!

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Golden Barrel Cacti @designs4seasons

These are just a snippet of the different varieties of succulents that you can grow outdoors and at the same time, be different from the rest of the landscapes around you!

Which ones are you excited to plant? We think the Mexican Fence Post Cactus will surely add some unique vibes to our outdoor gardens!

Before you go out and buy all of these succulents (because who are we kidding— they’re all awesome), check out our guides to help you ensure you get the most out of your new outdoor plants! Check out When You Should Water Your Succulents, How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully, and How to Get Rid of Mealy Bugs.

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Artichoke Agave

What is Artichoke Agave?

Artichoke agave is an evergreen perennial succulent. A member of the Asparagaceae family and you can trace its roots from northern Mexico, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. It contains glorious serrated blue-green thick leaves with the tips having wicked barbs. 

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Artichoke agave @Pinterest

Often, it goes by common names like Parry’s agave, Mescal agave, and Artichoke agave. The leaves form a tight rosette which grows over time. The rosette can span 3-4 feet and grow 2-3 feet tall. 

It takes a long to mature. Some may take 10 years to flower, while others might take up to 25 years to blossom. Fortunately, the wait is always worth it. The flowering spikes can grow to 5m or 15ft. 

The stalks can grow up to 12 feet, or 3.67 m in length. When artichoke gave blooms, the rosette dies. But this doesn’t mean it’s the end of its life. It produces basal offsets that grow into new plants. You can leave the basal offsets in place of artichoke or divide it away from the dying plant and plant it elsewhere.

When the flowers are in the bud, the buds are red. However, when the bud opens, the flowers turn bright yellow. The leaves are rigid, thick, smooth, and oblong or oval in shape. These leaves are either blue-grey leaves or evergreen greyish green.

 Agave isn’t considered an invasive plant. It mainly grows in its native settings and can’t be considered invasive outside these areas. Since it takes longer to grow and doesn’t possess tolerance to wet weather or winter hardness, it’s hard to consider it invasive outside its native desert habitat.

How to Plant Artichoke Agave Plant

Artichoke agave grows in warm regions. It’s a smaller agave that you can grow in a container or in-ground. It’s drought-tolerant, hence has medium water needs. For those who might care: Xeriscaping – a drought-tolerant landscape is getting trendy ahead of traditional landscaping.

Once the plant has been established, forget watering it as long as your area receives moderate rainfall. 

 It doesn’t necessarily need fertilizers to thrive. It’s found in warm rocky areas in the wild, like edges of chaparral, grassland, pine, desert scrub areas, juniper woodlands, and oak forests for it to thrive. 

The plant is excellent for city borders, succulent gardens, beds, and borders, rock gardens, Mediterranean gardens, or succulent gardens, as long as those places need coverage. It’s ideal in decorative containers. Additionally, they look amazing when you plant them in a sunny garden or large containers.

Well, before planting it, ensure that the soil is well-drained. If the soil is compact, you will be forced to add grit. To achieve this, you can add gravel, rock, or sand. Make sure to test it to check if the water will drain quickly. For this, you will need to dig a hole, fill it with water and observe it draining. 

If it takes 15 or more, add more grit.

This plant needs full light for it to thrive. However, it can grow in partial shade. It can tolerate dry cold areas and not wet cold areas. Hence, when you live in a cooler climate, plant it indoors and move it inside during winter.

You will need to shelter it from the harsh afternoon sun or reflected heat in hot summer areas. 

If you plant it where foot traffic occurs, it would be best to prune the barbs at the edges of the leaves. You need to remove the sharp spines on the leaf tips, which can be dangerous to pets and humans. The plant attracts hummingbirds, and it’s resistant to deer.

To grow the artichoke from the offsets, you would need a sterile pair of scissors or sharp knives. Remove the offset from the dying planet, and leave it to be callous for a few days before placing it in well-draining soil—constantly water when the soil has dried out completely. 

How To Take Care Of the Plant

After planting artichoke agave, could you wait for a few days before watering it? The best part about the plant is it rarely needs water to grow unless it’s in the hottest seasons. You should place the plant around gravel or non-organic material to prevent weeds from growing around it. And also to keep the soil warm. 

It isn’t bothered by most diseases, but overwatering can promote rotting diseases. When cutting it, use safety glasses and well-covered shoes. Ensure that you also have long pants and gloves.

 As long as you provide plenty of warmth and sunlight and well-draining soil, you shouldn’t encounter any problems with artichoke agave. It’s equally pet resistant. The thick and tough hard to pierce leaves render it less attractive to attacks by agave snout weevil.

Is Artichoke Agave Poisonous?

Agave is neither toxic nor poisonous. For years, it has been used as a source of food and drink. If you take out the agave’s central bud, the cavity you leave fills with a fluid (honey water) called aguamiel.  

 You can use fermented aguamiel to make an alcoholic drink known as pulque. Distilled pulque is used in making mescal or tequila. The heart or the core is what’s is used as food. It’s pretty sweet just before the plant flowers.

 Native Americans discovered a way to trim the leaves of agave and harvest their heart. They would then cook up to four days using a lengthy pit roasting process. 

The agave meat is speculated to be sweet, and it can be closely equated to the test of pineapples, molasses, and sweet potatoes. The meat is also fibrous. You eat it by chewing it and spitting out the tough fibers.

The agave roasted in this manner can also be pounded to form cakes. The cakes are dried and eaten later. 

Does Artichoke Agave Contain Any Benefits?

Agave has a variety of uses. It can be used as soap, food, medicine, soap, and fiber. 

The sisal fiber can be used to make several items, but not limited to carpets, ropes, twines, filters, Fabric, and mattresses. 

Artichoke agave is an excellent plant in any garden. You only need to meet its growth requirements, and you wouldn’t have problems growing it. 

 

Sedum Reflexum

Sedum Reflexum – Everything You Need to Know

Sedum reflexum is also commonly called Sedum rupestre or Jenny’s Stonecrop. It is a cold-hardy perennial succulent that is native to North America. As the succulent grows, it forms a mat shape to use it as a lawn alternative.

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Jenny’s Stonecrop is a drought-tolerant succulent that can thrive in dry regions. Also, Sedum reflexum is edible and can be used in making salads, even though it slightly tastes like acid.

This article is for you if you want to know more about identifying, growing, and caring for Sedum reflexum succulents.

How to Identify Reflexum Succulents

Sedum reflexum belongs to the Crassulaceae family. It is called a “stonecrop” because it usually grows in stony areas. It is a strong, slightly upright succulent that grows up to 12 inches and produces yellow flowers that are bent in bud.

The leaves of the Sedum reflexum succulents are lush, terete, and with pointed tips. Unlike most succulents, the leaves Sedum reflexum do not form tight clusters in the summer.

Bear in mind that the Sedum reflexum succulents do not bloom in the first year. When they finally bloom, usually during the summer, they will form clusters of yellow flowers. These flowers grow on tall stalks which you may need to prune if they are out of shape.

How to Care for Sedum Reflexum Succulents

You have to consider the following requirements to grow your Sedum reflexum succulents successfully:

Light

Jenny’s Stonecrop can be grown in partial or full sun. For the golden foliage to look its best, you need to grow the plant under direct sunlight.

Soil

Sedum reflexum needs to be planted in well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 – 7.0 (mildly acidic to neutral). You can plant Jenny’s Stonecrop in gravelly or sandy soils, even if they are not that packed with vital nutrients.

Water

After planting the Sedum reflexum succulent, you need to water it. Once it matures, it becomes resistant to drought. However, your plant can die if the soil is waterlogged or contains heavy clay.

If you grow Jenny’s Stonecrops in a pot, you might need to water them more frequently than if they were planted in the ground.

Temperature and Humidity

Sedum reflexum succulents can be grown in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. This means that it can survive at a temperature of – 30 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

While this plant can withstand heat to a considerable extent, you should move it indoors during a heatwave. Also, Sedum reflexum plant can tolerate high humidity.

Fertilizer

Jenny’s Stonecrops do not need fertilizers. If the nutrients are not adequate for the plant to grow, consider using lean soil or compost. Using fertilizers for Sedum reflexum will make it stretch and grow out of proportion.

Pruning

If your Jenny’s Jenny’s Stonecrops are growing too big, you can prune them to stay in shape. Use hand pruners to trim off the stems growing out of proportion. Also, get rid of any dead material you notice on the plant.

The only time of the year you should not prune your Sedum reflexum is when the temperature is too high or too low.

Propagating Reflexum Succulents

There are three ways of propagating Sedum reflexum succulents: tip cutting, stem cutting, and seed propagation. Let us take a closer look at them:

Propagating from Tip Cutting

Propagating from tip cutting is one of the easiest ways of propagating Sedum reflexum succulents. This propagation technique involves taking the tip of a healthy leaf and sticking half of the tip in the well-draining soil. If you notice a tug in the soil after three or four weeks, that is a sign that the tip cutting is developing roots, which will become more evident in the coming days.

Propagating from Stem Cutting

To propagate Sedum reflexum succulents by stem cuttings, cut off a stem from a parent plant and plant it in the ground or a succulent pot with well-draining soil.

The best time to propagate by stem cuttings is during the spring when the plant just starts growing.

In three weeks, you will notice new tender roots spring up from the cuttings. Water the roots once a week until they mature.

Seed Propagation

To propagate Sedum reflexum from seeds, bury the seeds in moist soil and keep the pot in an environment with a temperature of 80 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The downside of propagating Jenny’s Stonecrop from seeds is that seeds take a while to germinate. Also, some hybrid varieties of Sedum reflexum cannot be grown from seeds because they contain different genetic materials and the outcome is unpredictable.

Sedum Reflexum Pest Problems

Sedum reflexum succulents are usually attacked by bacteria, snails and slug if grown in a damp soil. Similarly, overwatering invites scale insects, aphids, and mealybugs to your succulents.

If you do not want to experience any trouble with insects and pests, do not overwater your Sedum reflexum succulents. Also, provide a well-draining soil and adequate light for the plant.

To know if your Jenny’s Stonecrops are infested by insects, examine the plant for any trace of a honey-like substance. Also, check if the leaves of the plants are wrinkled and shriveled.

If you notice any of these signs, you can get rid of the pest by spraying isopropyl alcohol solution on the succulents. When spraying this solution, be very careful so that you do not damage the succulents’ waxy coating.

You can also use insecticidal soap to eliminate mealybugs and aphids. But bear in mind that the outer layer of the succulents can be washed away with insecticidal soaps. So, ensure you test the soap on a small part of your plant and see how it reacts before spraying the entire plant.

If you need a safer method of getting rid of insects, use a natural organic insecticide like pyrethroid.

When Can I Plant Succulents Outside in the Spring?

When to Plant Succulents Outside in the Spring?


Springtime is a period for your succulents to bloom again after resting during the winter months. But you cannot just plant any succulent anywhere during the spring. It is because the light, water, and soil needs of succulents differ. In light of this, we have put together this comprehensive piece to plant succulents outside in the spring successfully.

When Can I Plant Succulents Outside in the Spring

Succulents Lighting Requirements During Springtime

Succulents require a lot of sunlight and warmer temperatures to grow well during the spring. But then, it would be a bad idea to expose your succulents to direct sunlight as soon as winter is over. Exposing your succulents to direct sunlight can make them suffer from sunburns, which they may not be able to recover from easily.

You have to start the exposure process gradually. For instance, you can start bringing out your succulents to receive the morning sun with mild intensity. After a few weeks, you can then expose them to the afternoon sun. Once your succulents acclimate to full sunlight, you can then leave them outdoors for the remaining spring months. But bear in mind that spring temperatures fluctuate a lot. So, you may have to take your succulents indoors during cold days in the spring.

Repotting and Fertilizing Succulents During the Spring

If your succulents have been dormant during the winter, they will grow and bloom during the spring and summer months. With this growth comes the need for repotting. Succulents have different ways of telling you they are due for repotting. If you see that the succulents’ roots are sticking out of the pot. It is a sign that you need to repot the succulents. If you notice the pot is too tight for the succulents or the soil starts draining too fast, you must repot the succulents.

If your succulents suddenly become too heavy, you have to consider repotting them. When repotting your succulents, ensure you have a larger pot, well-draining soil, and the right soil composition. If you repot your succulents appropriately, you will witness their fascinating growth during the spring. Meanwhile, spring is the most appropriate time to fertilize your succulents. You want your succulents to stay dormant during the winter, so there is no need for fertilizing them. Applying fertilizers will help your succulents grow better and faster.

The best time to apply fertilizers is at the start of spring. Also, the best fertilizers to use are those with a high concentration of phosphorus. You can apply these fertilizers once a month during the spring and stop applying in the late summer or early fall.

Watering Succulents During the Spring

During the spring, succulents experience active growth, and so their water demand is high during this season. As succulents develop new stems, roots, and leaves, they tap from the soil’s water, making the soil dry out pretty quickly. You have to water your succulents three or more times a week during springtime, depending on the environment’s temperature. But ensure you do not overwater your succulents during this period to avoid rot.

Your succulent pot size also determines how much water your succulents need. The larger the pot, the less you need to water your succulents. If you often forget to water your succulents, consider using a large pot.
If your succulents receive more than 10 hours of sunlight daily, you will need to water them more often. Also, outdoor succulents demand more water than indoor succulents because they get exposed to harsher environmental conditions.

Succulents planted in high humidity areas require watering less often than succulents in dry, hot areas because they retain moisture for a longer period. If you live in Phoenix, you may need to water your outdoor succulents daily during the spring. But then, if you reside in San Francisco, watering your succulents once a week will suffice.

When Can I Plant Succulents Outside in the Spring

How to water your succulents properly

Besides knowing the factors that affect your watering frequency, you also need to know how to water your succulents properly. If you do not properly water your succulents, chances are high they will die of dehydration or become too plump. First off, you need to understand that succulents are typically desert natives. And so, you need to follow the pattern of desert rainstorms when watering your succulents, so it is as if the succulents are in their natural habitats. You can do this by drenching your succulents when watering them. Do not stop watering until you notice water running out of the drainage hole.

Generally, succulents prefer deep, periodic watering that reaches the soil’s bottom to frequent, light watering that only wet the soil’s top section. If the soil is completely dry, drench it and wait until it is dry before drenching it again. Follow this watering pattern, and your succulents will bloom throughout the spring.

The Best Succulents to Grow During the Spring

Some succulents do well than others during the spring. So, it is only wise to plant that has a higher chance of thriving during springtime. Some of these succulents include:

Aloe

Aloe has over 250 different succulents species, with many capable of surviving up to a century. If you live in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9, your Aloes can survive outdoors during the spring and summer. But they need special care to thrive in most temperate regions.

Echeveria

Echeveria has over 150 species that are native to Central America. Its elegant rosette leaves blooms if given an adequate supply of sunlight during the spring. Echeverias require lots of sunlight; otherwise, they will start stretching out and lose their gorgeous leaves.

Crassula

Crassula has a wide succulent variety that is native to South Africa. The Crassula variants with thick stems require less watering. They are more drought-tolerant, while the varieties with soft stems need constant watering. It would be best if you do not expose your Crassula succulents to direct sunlight. Instead, find a way to shade them if you want to see their deep green, healthy appearance.

Quick Recap

Not all succulents thrive in the springtime, so you need to know what succulent to grow in certain regions during this season. Succulents require lots of sunlight and water to survive. Still, you have to be careful and not to overwater or expose them to too much sunlight. The best succulents varieties to grow in spring include Crassula, Sedum, Echeveria, and Aloe.

When Can I Plant Succulents Outside in the Spring

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