How hardy are succulents?
Different types of succulents have different cold tolerance according to their native climate. We divide them broadly into "soft" and "hardy" succulents depending on whether or not they can tolerate freezing temperatures. You can get even more specific by finding your Hardiness Zone and then usin...
What is my hardiness zone?
The USDA maps all of the US into hardiness zones based on average annual minimum temperature. You can find out which hardiness zone you're in by consulting this map or entering your zip code into the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Once you know which hardiness zone you're in, you can use our Col...
Can I grow succulents rated for zones lower than my own?
Absolutely! A plant's cold hardiness is a measure of the lowest temperature it can tolerate, but it will also grow in less extreme climates.
Can I grow succulents rated for zones higher than my own?
If you live in a lower (colder) zone than a particular succulent is rated for, you will need to bring the plant indoors during the winter. We do rate hardiness conservatively, so plants right on cusp may be able to survive outdoors year-round with a bit of protection. For example, to plant a Semp...
Growing succulents in cold climates: tips & tricks
If you live in a lower (colder) zone than a particular succulent is rated for, you can bring the plant indoors during the winter. We do, however, rate hardiness conservatively, so plants right on cusp may be able to survive outdoors year-round with a bit of protection. For example, to plant a Sem...
Growing succulents in wet or humid areas: tips & tricks
Succulents are well-adapted to survive drought but with a little extra care you can also get certain varieties to survive in wet or humid climates.
Plant in gritty, well-draining soil like succulent / cactus soil from a garden center
Amend heavy garden soil with 50% coarse sand...
Growing succulents in hot, dry areas: tips & tricks
Succulents are a perfect option for gardeners in hot, dry climates who want to create a lush landscape. You can get many varieties to grow in hot, sunny climates by employing the strategies below. Alternatively, plant any of the Hot / Dry Varieties listed and save yourself the extra work.