How to Help Succulents Survive Winter Indoors

How to Help Succulents Survive Winter Indoors

If you grow cactus and succulents as houseplants, here's the best thing you can do to get these warm-growing, sun-loving plants through the cold, dark days of winter: Lose your watering can.

That's the advice of Nick Daniel, horticulture specialist for the Cactus and Succulent Collection at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Overwatering is the No. 1 reason home growers kill succulents during the winter, said Daniel, who manages the garden's hardy and non-hardy cacti and succulents.

It's not bugs, it's not under watering," Daniel said about why so many people kill cacti and succulents such as echeverias, aloes and euphorbias when the weather turns cold. "I'd say 75 to 80 percent of the time, people keep watering on a regular schedule, and they are not letting things dry out.

They are not appreciating that these succulents oftentimes hit a dormancy as the days grow short, and [continuing to water on a regular schedule] just rots their roots very fast."

That's just one of Daniel's tips for winter care for home-grown cacti and succulents. Here's a 10-point checklist to help keep these fascinating plants healthy and happy until spring.

That's just one of Daniel's tips for winter care for home-grown cacti and succulents. Here's a 10-point checklist to help keep these fascinating plants healthy and happy until spring.

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