It is probably getting hot where you live, and you want to figure out what to do to make sure your succulents make it through the summer in good shape. Yes, some succulents thrive in the desert hot sun, such as cactus, but not all succulents like the heat. The following succulents are not a huge fan of being direct hot sun:
SHADE LOVING SUCCULENTS
- Sansaveria (snake plants)
- String Of Pearls
- Variegated Succulents
- Newly Planted Succulents
SIGNS OF TOO MUCH SUN OR HEAT
If your plants are getting the optimal amount of sun and temperature then you will see blushing, or vibrant color changes. Some typical signs of your plants getting too much sun are; burnt brown spots, dry tips, mushy leaves, and blackening leaves (outside in), or white spots. The blackening is different from the root rot as it starts from the end of the leaf, whereas, rot starts from the base. None of these are reversible and tend to just be an aesthetic issue as long as you take measure to move or cover plants if the heat persists. You can always move your potted plants and transplant in ground plants. I tend to move my potted plants and remove the damaged leaves in hopes of new growth.
If you happen to have these plants in movable pots, move them into a shadier spot for the summer. Your potted plants will tend to heat up faster than your in ground plants due to the pots holding and radiating heat.
IN GROUND SUCCULENTS
If your shade lovers happen to be planted in your garden, it's not the end of the world. You can get creative and build a shade canopy that can be as simple as a tarp and some sticks, a cut palm frond stuck into the ground next to the plants, or an elaborate structure.
WATERING IN SUMMER
You will need to water more often during the summer but don't go overboard. This can mean every other day in very hot climates. The best thing you can do for yourself is pick up a hydrometer for under $10 to get an idea of what your plants need. I recommend you water in the morning at the base of your plants when it is going to be extremely hot so the root stem stays cool. This doesn't mean you should have your succulents sitting in wet soil all of the time, but if it's going to get over 95 or so, then it may be worth it.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TYPE OF SUCCULENTS I HAVE?
The best way to find out is use your resources at your fingertips. You can google the characteristics of your succulent, email me, message other succulent addicts on social media, or get one of the fancy books. Another good thing you can do is walk around your neighborhood. If someone that lives near you happens to be growing a similar plant, look at the conditions they are growing in and try to emulate that.