How To Protect Succulents From Rain

Here are some methods you can try to assist safeguard your succulents if you decide to keep them outside during the rainy season or simply couldn’t move them home because they are planted in the ground.

1. Use a strong-base umbrella, a tent, a tarp, a UV plastic sheet, or a polycarbonate sheet to cover your outdoor succulent plants, whether they are in pots or the ground. As it will protect the plants from a lot of water or moisture coming into contact with them, using one of these should be sufficient to aid in reducing the risk of root rot.

When it rains, should I cover my succulents?

The easiest succulents to prepare for bad weather are those grown in containers. Simply transfer them indoors or to a protected spot so they may stay out of the storm’s eye. After you feel they have had enough water, you can always reposition your plants if you would rather they receive some precipitation.

It can be a little trickier to keep outdoor succulent plantings dry in the rain. Even though you might not be able to keep your plants totally dry, you can protect them from a lot of the wetness by placing a sheet or other piece of plastic over them. They’ll probably be able to get moisture from the soil surrounding them, but I’m hoping the tarp will make the rain pool far enough away to prevent root rot.

What should I do if it rains on my outdoor succulents?

It’s normal for your succulents to appear brighter and more brilliant after a good rain. How rain helps succulents is as follows: It offers dissolved minerals, removes dust that prevents photosynthesis, dilutes and flushes salts and dangerous substances that have accumulated in the soil from tap water, and gives nitrogen, which is crucial for growth, particularly during electrical storms. Strange yet true: Plants are fed by lightning.

Collect rainwater in buckets and use it to water indoor plants and in-ground succulents under eaves to make the most of the little amount of rain that falls. Move your patio plants planted in containers when rain is predicted so that the rain may soak them. (After the storm has passed, move them back to where they were before, lest the sun scorches the leaves or if frost is possible.)

In areas with less than 25 inches of annual rainfall, succulents thrive. If soil remains wet, excessive amounts may cause roots to rot. Grow the plants on coarse, quickly draining soil, on a slope, or atop a berm to prepare for this.

My blog post Succulents and Too Much Rain, A French Solution outlines a straightforward but efficient technique used by a French botanical garden to save its collection of cacti.

Cacti appear to react to rain the most dramatically of any succulents. No big surprise there; they’ve been waiting all year. They would be dancing if they weren’t rooted down. Opuntia (paddle) cacti that have lain dormant for months suddenly produce new pads that can quickly quadruple the size of a young specimen. The bulge is a new leaf, as though the pads were being compressed like water balloons.

There are other cactus with ribs that resemble spherical or columnar accordions. Their crenellations nearly sound like they are popping and stretching as the water fills them up. They are quite basic plants that are barely bigger than balls or bats, yet their ability to grow is astounding. As they fill up with rainwater, more of their skin is exposed to the sun, allowing photosynthesis, which produces energy that supports further growth. These similar ridges and valleys deepen in the summer heat, shading and shielding the plant.

I frequently get asked how to cultivate succulents in tropical locations with a lot of rainfall now that they are so well-liked. Comparable to asking how to raise monkeys in Alaska It’s certainly feasible, but is it worthwhile? Succulence, or juiciness, is a characteristic of succulents by definition. They are specifically made to survive without a lot of rain. On the other hand, they don’t fare well with it. So when the weather gets too wet, relocate them under cover and continue to cultivate them in containers. Even then, they could mildew in humid environments. If so, take them inside, give them plenty of light and fresh air, and keep a dehumidifier running. (Get a copy of Succulent Container Gardens, too. I created it for saguarophiles who live in harsh environments.)

Rainstorms are frequently followed by calm, windless evenings with temperatures that may dip to or below freezing. Many succulents are frost delicate, which means that the water in their tissues swells, crystallises, and breaches cell walls at 32 degrees. This could transform the leaves into putty and do the plants irreparable harm. Your succulents will benefit from several life-saving degrees if you cover them with sheets, thin fabric, or frost cloth. But not plastic, which can actually do more harm than good by collecting moisture and obstructing light and air.

Even if your succulents have suffered frost damage, they may still recover. My most recent postings on this include extra information: My succulents frozen, oh no! & Succulents With Frost Damage? Here is What to Do. These aeoniums have damaged tips, can you see that? Nothing needs to be done. The older leaves will eventually dry out and fall off, and new growth will cover the remainder.

Can I leave my succulents outside?

Succulents are drought-tolerant plants because they can retain water in their large, irregularly shaped leaves. Succulents have a broad variety of eye-catching shapes and textures, which provide any landscape aesthetic interest. Can succulents live outside? is an often asked question. The quick response is “yes”! Growing succulents outdoors is an excellent alternative because they do well there and can withstand some neglect. They also do well in sunny areas with warm, dry weather.

Succulents can be grown in the ground, in pots, or hidden in unexpected planting locations. Take the uncertainty out of caring for these wonderful conversation pieces with stunning foliage by reading our suggestions for growing succulents outside.

Can you moisten succulents?

When propagating succulents, this is the one and only occasion when using a spray bottle to water them is acceptable.

To make sure the soil is completely moistened, I still advise using a squeeze bottle (like the one in my go-to tool set).

You can water succulent leaves daily whether you’re growing them indoors or out. Keep the soil moist, but not drenched, so that the leaves have easy access to water.

Simply use a spray bottle to mist the soil’s surface (or use the squeeze bottle from above). Spraying the soil with a spray bottle usually suffices in my experience because the leaves will take water from the air surrounding them, just as the roots of giant succulent plants.

Other times, especially as I start to water these infants less frequently, I’m unsure of when to water or not. I can be sure to water by checking the Succulent Tracker app (Apple | Android). Additionally, I can take pictures using the app and track my babies’ development!

How do I keep my succulents safe?

It’s not quite as simple to grow succulents as everyone claims. Here are a few ideas that can guarantee your success.

Do you hang your head in shame if we claim that succulents are the easiest plants to grow? I promise you’re not alone. Succulents follow their own set of rules but are nonetheless quite simple to take care of because they are plants that have evolved to thrive in severe conditions and for extended periods without much water. To maintain your succulent kids healthy and living, use the advice in the following section.

When it rains, should I move my cactus inside?

It is challenging to offer advice on how to take care of every species of cactus that would be applicable to every climate, but the fact that these hardy plants have now spread throughout the world thanks to succulent collectors and enthusiasts shows that with the right care they can survive anywhere in the world.


We believe that light is the most significant factor for these plants. Although epiphytic cacti can survive in bright shade without any sun exposure, all cacti require a lot of bright light with at least some sun exposure or filtered light.

Although a greenhouse is preferable, a sunny windowsill or a balcony or veranda with some sun penetration will do. As was already said, several cacti can endure rainy weather outside. As long as a gritty potting mix is used, a sunny or partially shaded location in the garden, whether in a pot or on the ground, will work just as well.

Most cacti are not frost-tolerant. They must be taken indoors for the winter in cold locations until the threat of frost and snow has passed.


The general recommendation is to wait a few extra days and until the potting mix is absolutely dry before watering. Most cacti are inactive in the winter, so they won’t need as much water, but we do advise giving them a drink every few weeks (3 or so), especially if they start to look a little shrivelled.

Hydrophobic potting mix is one issue that could arise from such erratic watering. Therefore, the potting mix won’t actually become wet since it will become so dry that it will repel water. When this occurs, it is likely that the plant is not receiving any water because the water will simply pass through the pot, drying out the potting soil and roots. The pot needs to be submerged in a dish of water for a few minutes in order to cure hydrophobic potting mix.

In my nursery, the bulk of the cacti are left outside where they receive water from the other succulents and are exposed to rain. Even in the garden, we have a few growing. For their benefit, we have either planted on a slope or raised the garden beds so that rainwater may readily drain off without smothering the roots.

Growing Medium

A potting mix for succulents and cacti is without a doubt the ideal growing medium for cactus. Adding a little extra drainage agent, such as perlite, coarse sand (NEVER use plain sand), or pumice, is always a good idea. These can be added to the potting soil and will facilitate faster water drainage while keeping roots dry during downpours.

A straightforward terracotta pot is another item that will be of great assistance with water problems. The potting mix dries far more quickly in terracotta’s porous walls than it would if the plant were to be kept in a plastic or glazed pot.

Many cacti in the garden should thrive on standard soil, but it won’t hurt to increase drainage around the root area with perlite or other materials, especially if you live in an area with frequent rain.

Where should I place succulent plants for greatest results?

Succulents thrive in hot, arid conditions and don’t mind a little neglect due to their unique capacity to store water. They are therefore ideally suited to growing indoors and are the perfect choice for anyone looking for low-maintenance houseplants. Follow these instructions for successful plant care if you’re choosing succulents for the first time.

Select a succulent that will thrive in your indoor environment.

The majority of succulents need direct sunshine, however if your home only has a shady area, choose low light-tolerant plants like mother-in-tongue. law’s A trailing variety, like string of bananas, is an excellent option if you intend to grow your succulent in a hanging planter. To learn about your succulents’ requirements for sunlight, size, and spread, always read the plant labels.

Give the plants a good draining potting material.

You should repot your succulent as soon as you get it home since nurseries always plant their succulents in soil that is overly rich and holds too much moisture. A coarse potting mix with sufficient drainage and aeration is a good place to start. You can use an African violet mix or unique cactus and succulent mixtures that you can purchase at the nursery. Add perlite or pumice to the cactus or African violet mix (up to 50% of the total potting mix, depending on your particular succulent’s moisture requirements) to further increase drainage and prevent compaction. To make sure the mixture is moist throughout, always moisten it before using.

Decide on a container.

When repotting, use a container that is at least 1 to 2 inches bigger than the nursery container and has a drainage hole. Avoid using glass containers (such mason jars or terrariums) for long-term potting since they prevent roots from breathing and over time may result in root rot. Place your plant inside the container and backfill with extra pre-moistened potting mix after filling the bottom one-third of the container with pre-moistened potting mix.

Put the succulent plant in a pot somewhere sunny.

Try to arrange your succulents close to a south or east-facing window because most succulents need at least six hours of sun each day. Insufficient sunlight may cause your succulents to become spindly or to extend toward the light.

Between waterings, allow the potting mix to dry out.

Overwatering succulents is the most common error people make with them. Watering more deeply but less frequently is preferable. Before the next watering, completely saturate the potting mix (while making sure the water drains out of the drainage hole properly). The plant can finally perish if the potting soil is left moist every day.

Succulents should be fertilised at least once a year.

Fertilizer works best for plants in the spring (when the days lengthen and new growth starts) and again in the late summer. Use a water-soluble, balanced fertiliser (such as 8-8-8 or 10-10-10) that has been diluted to half the strength indicated on the container. Since succulents are semi-dormant in the winter, there is no need to nourish them. Because they are not actively growing, they do not require the nutrient boost.

What are some succulent garden planting tips?

Just like in any garden, you must select plants that speak to you. What kinds of plants you want depends on whether the garden will be indoors or outdoors. That advice also holds true if you’ve made the decision to develop a succulent garden. Pick the ones that seem good to you and that you enjoy.

Watching how frequently you water the plants is the other piece of advice. Keep in mind that succulents don’t require a lot of water because of their nature. Throw away any extra water that collects after you water your succulents in saucers if you are keeping them inside. If you selected an air plant variety, simply spray the plants.

In addition, make sure you read the instructions that come with the plants and consult with a plant or gardening expert if you have any doubts about how to take care of any particular plants you intend to add to your garden.

How do you take care of succulents? Do succulents need pruning?

One of the low-maintenance plants you will come across is possibly a succulent. That depends on the variety you have selected, of course. Succulents, on the other hand, grow slowly by nature, and the vast majority of species do not vine like other plants. They don’t typically require pruning, which is why they are so well-liked for indoor plants. They require hardly any pruning and very little moisture.

Read the instructions that often accompany with the plants you purchase for maintenance. Do not overwater them or allow the water sit on the plants.

Contact Ambius if you manage a commercial property and need succulents that will be well-maintained.

How do you water a succulent? Is there anything special to know?

The best approach to water a succulent is to take it out of its saucer and water it with lukewarm tap water, just like you would other plants. Replace it in the saucer you are using underneath the pot after letting the water entirely drain through it. Later, check to see if any extra water has collected beneath the plant and discard that.

Never forget that succulents cannot endure prolonged wet, muddy soils. See if the soil seems very dry by inspecting it. Check the watering guidelines included with the plant you purchase as well.

When should someone plant succulents?

There is no planting season because the majority of people utilise succulents inside. Any time of year is suitable for setting up an indoor succulent garden. The greatest times to plant succulents outside, though, might be in the spring or summer.

Succulents need to be planted when the soil can be handled, even though they are hardy and can even survive the winter rather well.

If planted during the warmer months, they will probably fare considerably better.

In what soil should a succulent be planted?

Succulents are typically already planted when you go to buy them. It will probably be soil. Succulents are fantastic since they require little care. Succulents shouldn’t typically be taken out of the container they were shipped in, nor should the soil be changed.

Of course, succulents tend to prefer coarse, rockier, sandier, well-drained soil if you are building any type of indoor succulent garden and have to take them from the pots and the soil that they arrived in.

Succulents actually thrive on inorganic soils like silt, clay, or sand. They don’t require a lot of soil because they have rather shallow root systems. Finally, despite the fact that many succulents are sold in tiny pots or containers, there is no need for concern. Succulents thrive in small pots and containers due to their nature.

Where should I plant succulents?

Succulents should be planted in an area that receives plenty of sunlight if you live in an arid region where they will flourish. Remember to ask your garden center’s professionals about planting requirements if you have any questions.

Should succulents only be planted indoors or are there outdoor succulents?

There are many different kinds of succulents, and some of them thrive both indoors and outdoors. Where you reside and the climate there can have a big impact. Keep in mind that succulents prefer dry, hot, and arid locations; they do not require a lot of moisture and probably won’t flourish as well there.

The brevity of the response is, however, both. They can be cultivated both inside and outside.