Here's how to keep your succulents beautiful outdoors

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Outdoor succulents are a nice addition to your garden. They give your garden an exotic look and you do not have to look after them much. After all, succulents require very little care. Ideal for people who do not have such green fingers or who are going on vacation for a few weeks. Yet not all succulents do equally well outdoors. This is because some originate from a much warmer country. These will have difficulty surviving especially in the winter. A number of succulents are suitable for the garden, because they originate from the Netherlands or a country with a climate similar to that of the Netherlands. Which ones they are, and how to take care of them, you can read here!


A first succulent that is very suitable for outdoors is Sedum, also known as succulents. Sedum is a collective name for a family of succulents that consists of some 400 to 500 species. Because the choice is so large, you can choose to place a mix of different Sedum succulents in your garden. This species of succulent is found throughout the northern hemisphere. A number of species also occur in the Benelux in the wild. So the Sedum succulent goes well with the Dutch climate. This species is hardy, can survive in both shade and sun and needs very little water. Therefore, these plants are very suitable as outdoor succulents. In the garden, this plant is often used as ground cover. 


Another suitable succulent for outdoors is Sempervivum, also called house garlic, thunderleaf or thunderbeard. The translation of this Latin name is "Always Alive," a perfect description for this plant. In fact, Sempervivum plants are evergreen and very easy to maintain. The plant is found in European mountainous areas, among others. Again, Sempervivum is a collective name for many different species. The plants come in all kinds of different shapes and colors. Most plants even change color seasonally! The Sempervivum plants can stand full sun very well and hardly need any maintenance. That is why you often see these succulents as patio or balcony plants. They are also widely used in rock gardens or on green roofs. Finally, Sempervivum are also very nice to combine with other plants in the garden.

Jovibarba Sobolifera

Another option is the Jovibarba Sobolifera. These succulents can withstand temperatures as low as -25°C and remain green all winter. Jovibarba plants are therefore also very suitable as outdoor succulents. The advantage of this plant is that it can survive in any climate, hot and cold as well as frost and drought. Jovibarba can adapt well to the environment they are placed in. However, naturally this succulent is found in the mountains. This makes this plant very suitable as a rock garden or, for example, between stones. Jovibarba prefer a slightly moist, sunny spot with stony soil. The plant combines well with other plants and will not overgrow. In spring, this plant will begin to bloom with greenish-yellow flowers that remain on the plant until early fall. 

This is how to keep your succulents beautiful

There are a few things you can pay attention to in order to keep your succulents as beautiful as possible throughout the year. For starters, it is recommended that you use potting soil specifically for succulents. This potting soil consists of a combination of 70% universal potting soil and 30% gravel or sharp sand. Then you can cover this potting soil with mulch layer of decorative gravel to prevent rotting of the leaves. Furthermore, keep in mind that succulents do not like humidity. They may even die from it. Therefore, it is advisable to place the plants in a greenhouse or under an eaves during the winter, for example, to protect them from the rain. 

Tips for succulents outdoors

Furthermore, handle succulents with care as well. This is because the leaves of succulents can be damaged if you handle them carelessly. Therefore, make sure that you never hold the plants by the leaves, but rather by the root ball. In addition, plant the succulents so that the leaves stick out above the ground. Finally, keep in mind that potting soil can easily get stuck between the leaves of the succulents. To prevent fungal diseases, it is therefore wise to regularly remove this potting soil using, for example, a brush. This will keep your succulents beautiful all year long!

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