Springtime means many things: warmer weather, baby animals, baseball season…and most importantly, the start of the succulent growing season!
After a winter of dormancy, the stronger sunlight and warming temperatures will have your succulents preparing for the possibility of springtime blooms followed by a summer of prolific growth.
Succulents are often shy when it comes to blooming, but there are some springtime care tips to keep in mind to give you the best chance for spring blooms followed by summer growth.
Temperature + sunlight
Once the weather warms, your succulents will need the higher temperatures and bright light in order to bloom and grow. However, it’s not a good idea to throw your succulents out into the direct heat and light on the first warm day of the season. If you do this, you may accidentally scorch and burn your succulent’s leaves!
Instead, the move from inside your home to the outdoors should be gradual, exposing your succulent to more heat and sunlight over a couple weeks’ time. Once fully transitioned outside, make sure your succulents are getting partial sun and warm temperatures for the remainder of the season. In the event of a cold spring day (which we often experience here at 46 & Spruce!), bring your succulents back inside for proper protection.
If you followed the tips and tricks found in our Succulent Care for Winter Months guide, then you cut back watering your succulent to just a little drink every two weeks over the winter months.
But now that the dormant season is over, it’s time to once again ramp up the watering to keep your succulent healthy during the warmer growing season. During periods of growth, thoroughly water your succulents weekly with enough H2O to come through the pot’s drainage holes. Succulents that are outside in the heat and sunshine will need especially good soakings.
A succulent that receives proper water during the spring has the best shot at forming flower buds, so keep them hydrated and happy!
You don’t fertilize succulents during winter because the goal is to simply keep your succulent alive—not encourage it to grow. But once spring rolls around, your succulent will need a bit of help from fertilizer in order to produce flowers. Beginning in spring, use half-strength fertilizer once a month. A fertilizer higher in phosphorus, such as 10-15-10, will promote flowers. Discontinue fertilizer in late summer or early fall.
One last bit of housekeeping you may need to tackle in the spring is repotting succulents to give them proper homes for the growing season. It’s time for repotting succulents when you notice some of these telltale signs:
- Your succulents are top heavy
- They have tightly packed roots, or roots that are growing through the bottom of the pot
- When the soil quality becomes poor, with fast or no drainage or soil shrinking from the sides of the pot
- Or when it’s been a couple years since you last repotted
If repotting succulents is on your to-do list this spring, check out our selection of planters. Our Urban Earth Round Pot lends a weathered chic look, while our Weathered Oak Pot will help you incorporate the faux bois look into your outdoor living space.
For complete DIY instructions on repotting succulents, check out our thorough tutorial, Your Guide to Repotting Succulents.
Now that you’re a pro at springtime succulent care, grab some 46 & Spruce home and garden supplies to elevate your space.