To keep your succulent garden healthy and beautiful, you or your succulent garden maintenance professional* need to do these tasks seasonally:
Trim damaged or excessive growth
Prune succulents to show the beauty of the plants and keep them tidy. Use cuttings to fill gaps. Remove frost-damaged leaves on jade and other tender succulents. Cut damaged tips of aloes and agaves to a point that follows the natural shape of the leaf. Deadhead spent flowers.
Repot overgrown containers
Indicators that succulents have outgrown their containers include roots emerging from drain holes, a plant that looks overly large for its pot, and stems that are tangled and rangy. See my book Designing with Succulents for how big a particular plant will get. If it has potential to get large, and the climate is suitable, plant it in the garden. On my YouTube channel see: How to Refresh an Overgrown Succulent Container Garden (4:31).
Evaluate plant placement
Notice which succulents suffer from winter cold, and move them to a better, more sheltered location. A few feet can make a big difference. Plants closest to hardscape, boulders and structures benefit from radiated warmth. Those beneath overhanging branches or eaves are safer than those out in the open. Your home's south side is warmer than its north. And because cold air is heavier than warm, succulents at the top of a slope are less vulnerable than those below. Plan for the other extreme, too: Succulents (especially young or newly planted ones) can be scorched by sun.
How's the light?
Get rid of weeds
Where to find or recommend a succulent garden designer or maintenance professional. Do you know or need someone skilled in this? Tell us!
Don’t let summer sun and heat harm your succulents! Heat generally isn’t a concern. Although some succulents (like sempervivums) tend not to thrive in temps above 80 or 90 degrees F, the majority are fine. It’s heat plus sun that’s the concern.