How to Care for Succulents Indoors During the Winter

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Succulents are some of the hottest, trendiest plants around. Care for succulents indoors during the winter with help from a certified professional horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Justin Hancock, Costa Farms’ “Garden Guru.” Succulents are some of the hottest, trendiest plants around. These plants are super easy to grow. Put them outside on your deck patio, don’t hardly have to water them at all. Now, if you want to care for them indoors, here are some tips to make sure that you can enjoy them all winter. Number one, and the most important rule: Do not overwater them. They use a lot less water indoors than they do out, because there’s less light. One fun, easy tip for watering: Take the plant upside-down, identify the drainage hole. Stick a toothpick up there, pull your toothpick out. If the toothpick comes out clean, your plant is dry – it could use a little bit of water. If the toothpick comes out with some soil on it, that means there’s some moisture in there – you don’t need to water it again. The second thing is, you’ll need to protect your succulents from hot and cold drafts. This includes things like drafty windows, as well as heat registers. Drafts can cause the foliage to turn yellow and brown and become unsightly. The last thing: To make sure they’re kept warm. Most of these succulents come from regions where the temperatures never get too cool. So, don’t let them get under 50 degrees or so. Those are three easy tips. Follow them, and you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful succulents in your home all winter long.

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