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Come September…

As the days shorten, you need to start preparing your succulents for their winter dormancy. Follow these tips for what you need to do.

  • By the end of September – start reducing the amount you water your plants to once a fortnight
  • When buying new nursery plants, re-pot into peat-free, well-draining compost as soon as possible, but don’t water them – there will be sufficient moisture already in the compost
  • Start to think about where you’ll overwinter your plants if they are kept outside over the summer. A greenhouse, conservatory, cold frame, indoor windowsill or even a shed with windows will do.
In winter, the rule of thumb is the colder the environment the plants are in - the drier you should keep them.