How To Grow Outdoor Succulents

Echeveria from Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses

Ever wonder if your succulents would thrive more outside? Or maybe you just have so many that you need to start pushing some outside! Outdoor succulents aren't as easy as you'd think. In fact, it's about the opposite as indoor succulents. One major lesson I've learned is no direct sunlight. I kept a few of my succulents out in the sun for a few hours and they were completely fried! The worst part is that they were a few of my I wrote this post to prevent this from happening to you!

Type of succulent

Some succulents don't do very well outdoors so it's important to know which ones will thrive. It's never really a good idea to keep your succulents outside during the winter because they will experience cold shock and eventually die. If you plan on keeping yours outside during the spring and summer, read this list of succulents that will thrive! If you're like me and love plants inside your house, find some that will tolerate low light, like haworthia, peace lily, and spider plant!

Change up the soil

Since your succulents will be getting more water outside with the rain, it's important to provide well draining soil! You can use many different mixes like sand, rocks, or soil. Sand seems to be most popular because it allows the water to drain directly through; same with rocks. Try using Pumice as a starter; it drains well and dries out quickly.


Based off of previous experience, look for a shady spot. Even two hours in direct sunlight can cause substantial damage to the leaves. Maybe look for a spot under a tree or a shady location on a patio or deck.

If this is your first time putting succulents outside, be prepared to make mistakes. You can always take leaf cuttings from your succulent before putting it outside incase something happens. This way you can propagate it and make a new one!


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