If you live in a colder climate, you might be wondering how cold can succulents tolerate. There are a few hardy succulents that can tolerate temperatures of 0 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit. However, many soft succulents require temperatures around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. To learn which succulents are hardy and which ones are soft, refer to our Plant Hardiness Zones list. Here’s what you need to know.

Hardy succulents tolerate temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit

While growing succulents outdoors in winter is an intimidating prospect for anyone in a cold climate, it’s possible to find plants that can withstand low temperatures. Succulents that are frost-tolerant are known as hardy succulents. These plants may not tolerate temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, but they do tolerate some cold temperatures and will survive if cared for properly. Cold-tolerant succulents include Rosularia, Sempervivum, Hardy Sedum, and Opuntia.

Another type of cold-hardy succulent is the Parry’s Agave. It has spiky leaves and yellow flowers and can survive temperatures below freezing. It also grows slowly and requires very little water. These succulents are native to the deserts of Mexico but can be grown in containers. They need bright indirect light and low water during the summer and high moisture in winter.

Succulents that are hardy to -20 degrees Fahrenheit come from three different families. Prometheus and Rosularias are both excellent choices because they form mats. Prometheums, for instance, have classic rosette shapes that can survive up to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Then there’s Opuntia, also known as the prickly pear cactus. This plant is also cold-hardy and has become naturalized in a number of countries around the world.

Soft succulents prefer a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit

how cold can succulents tolerate

Most soft succulents prefer temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not like temperatures below 32 degrees F, however, and should be brought inside when the temperature falls below that. Depending on the species, temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit can kill the succulents. Even though most succulents like temperatures above 40 degrees, it is better to be careful because plants can freeze to death. In addition, succulents need plenty of sunlight, and most prefer six hours of sunlight a day.

Most succulents prefer a temperature above 40 degrees F, but some varieties can tolerate temperatures as low as -20 degrees. The main varieties that can tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit are Rosularia, Sempervivum, Delosperma, and Orostachys. Cacti and Agaves are cold-hardy, while other types of succulents are hardy and can handle temperatures even lower than that. While frost-hardy succulents are hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit, soft succulents are typically best grown indoors.

The ideal temperature range for succulents is 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Small temperature changes of up to 5 degrees are fine, but more than that will cause irreversible damage. However, semi-extreme temperatures will make succulents look more vibrant. However, they can also be harmful to plants. They are not recommended for beginners. So, keep these temperatures in mind when you are planning your outdoor oasis.

Plant hardiness zones for succulents

If you are wondering what type of climate you’re succulents thrive in, you can look at the USDA plant hardiness zone chart. Using the traffic light system, hardiness zones for succulents help people determine when to protect their plants from harsh weather. The zones also help people figure out how to bring their succulents indoors during the winter. Some succulents tolerate freezing temperatures and will grow in Zone 4, while others should be brought indoors at the first sign of cold weather.

There are two main plant hardiness zones for succulents, zone 4 and zone 5. The former spans the middle of the United States and extends eastward through New England and parts of Idaho. In zone 4, succulents are tolerant of temperatures up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit or 23 degrees Celsius. Zone 5 succulents will grow in any warm climate but cannot survive freezing temperatures below -20 degrees Fahrenheit. For this reason, it is important to find the right zone for your succulents.

The USDA has a map that shows plant hardiness for each state. The zones are based on average minimum temperatures in each region. One region can grow in Zone 4 while another is colder in Zone 13. These zones are not a definitive guide to planting succulents. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map is meant to be a general guide and should be used in conjunction with your location. There are many variations in climate and temperatures throughout the United States.

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