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How Much Sunlight Do Succulents Need?


Succulents can withstand prolonged periods of sun exposure. The natural settings for succulents are off low water content and arid-like conditions. When it comes to having succulents indoors, owners question how much sunlight will get indoors for new plants. 

Succulents need light to thrive and grow. Most succulents need 4-6 hours of sunlight to survive the new environment. We experience extended darkness and cold in the winter months up north. Having artificial light sources is recommended to provide that much need UV exposure.

As a seasoned gardener, I am often asked how much sunlight my succulents need. This is a common question among gardeners trying to grow succulents for the first time. In this blog post, we’ll discuss whether succulents need direct sunlight to grow, how to grow succulents indoors away from the sun, how to care for succulents growing in the sun, and more.

How Much Sunlight Should Succulents Get?

Sunlight is one of the most crucial aspects to consider when cultivating succulents. The amount of sunshine succulents require depends on their species and the growing environment. Succulents are sun-loving plants and need enough direct sunlight to develop.

In general, with at least 6 hours per day of direct sunlight, succulents can develop and thrive. Nevertheless, depending on variables including natural habitat, solar intensity, and ambient temperature and humidity, some species may need more or less sunlight.

 It’s important to research your succulent’s specific needs to ensure it’s getting the right amount of sunlight. Too little sun can cause plant legs to stretch and lose color, while too much sun can cause sunburn and dehydration.

Do Succulents Need Direct Sunlight to Thrive?

Succulents may not require direct sunshine to flourish but need much light to grow. Certain succulents can be harmed or even killed by too much direct sun. Most succulents, especially during the hottest times of the day, favor strong, indirect sunlight instead. As a result, they ought to be situated where they may find shade during the hottest parts of the day.

How to Grow Succulents Indoors, Away from the Sun?

Giving succulents the proper amount of light is essential to growing them indoors out of the sun. Artificial lighting is the most significant way to simulate the sun’s natural light. Use LED grow lights that generate the proper spectrum of heat and light to ensure your succulents flourish. 

The artificial light is positioned 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) above the plants, and the lights should be left on for 12–14 hours daily.

When it comes to soil, succulents like well-draining soil that does not retain water. Use a container with drainage holes and a well-draining soil mix with perlite or sand. Avoid overwatering your succulents since this can cause root rot. 

Water your succulents well, then allow the soil to dry thoroughly before watering again. Indoor succulents may flourish and give a touch of green to your home even when not exposed to direct sunlight if adequately cared for.

Do Succulents Prefer Direct Sunlight or Shade?

Succulents are a diverse collection of plants that have evolved to live in most environments. These plants can enjoy bright and direct sunshine for a few hours each day. 

Although some may require more or less sunshine depending on their species and habitat. It’s always a good idea to investigate your succulent’s requirements to ensure it gets enough sunlight.

Too much direct sunshine, conversely, can kill succulents by producing sunburn and discoloration. If you observe your succulent’s leaves turning brown or crispy, it indicates that it is receiving too much direct sunshine. In this scenario, offering some shadow or diffused light can aid in the growth of your succulent. 

Finally, finding the correct combination of sunlight and shade for your succulent is critical to its health and happiness. Check out these related blog post on how succulents can prefer sun or shade.

How to Care for Succulents Damaged in the Sun?

Succulents are vigorous plants that can live under harsh environments but can also be destroyed by too direct sunshine. You can do a few things to help your succulent recover if it has been burnt or injured by the sun. 

The first step is to relocate the plant to a more shady location, away from direct sunshine. You may also create shade by draping a transparent drape over the plant or placing it beneath a canopy.

Then, remove any damaged or dead leaves using a clean, sharp pair of scissors. This will prevent future damage or infection from spreading throughout the plant. Finally, you may pamper your succulent by softly watering it and allowing it time to recover. Your succulent should be able to recover from sun damage and grow with adequate care and attention.

How to Get the Sun to Your Succulents in the Winter?

Providing adequate sunlight to your succulents during the winter might be challenging, especially if you reside in a colder region with shorter daylight hours. 

Place your succulents near a south-facing window for the best natural light. If your windows don’t get enough light, you can supplement your succulents’ light requirements with artificial light sources such as grow lights.

Moving your succulents outside on sunny days is another option to get the extra sun to them in the winter, as long as the temperature isn’t too cold for that specific succulent species. 

Monitoring and checking on your succulents’ exposure to sunlight is critical to avoid overexposure, which can cause sunburn and plant damage. With some planning and care, you can ensure that your succulents receive enough sunshine to grow even throughout the winter months.

In conclusion, succulents are unique plants adapted to survive in various situations, from direct sunlight areas to indoors. To guarantee the health and well-being of your succulents, it’s critical to understand their individual light needs and provide them with the appropriate quantity of light.

In certain circumstances, this may imply providing shade to protect against solar damage; in others, it may include supplementing with artificial light sources during the colder winter months.  

Finally, the secret to excellent succulent care is to pay attention to their specific requirements and alter your maintenance accordingly. Providing the correct amount of light, water, and nutrients can help your succulents thrive and offer beauty to your home or garden for years. 

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or new to succulent care, learning about and caring for these unusual plants is a wonderful experience.

Ginny Orenge

Hi, my name is Ginny, home and garden decor ideas is a family business specializing in inspiring you in getting in making your own craft at home. I have also loved creating my own art at home. I hope to share my tips in creating both home and garden decorations that you can be proud off.

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