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Aug 26, 2017 6:42 AM CST
|Yesterday when I went to Home Depot to see if they had any pots that they were throwing away, I came home with both pots and a bunch of struggling but salvageable succulents that had been thrown in the trash as well. I need to know how I can sanitize these so that I can bring them indoors ASAP. It has dipped below 50 degrees the last couple of nights here, so I am really concerned about how to save these little guys. Leaving them outside might put them in more jeopardy, but I can't bring them in until I'm sure they don't have any bugs in them.
I don't even know if I should keep them in a Sunny Spot or not, I'm sure that at the store they were just used to store lights. Any advice on whether or not I can put them outside during the day would be appreciated, obviously they can't stay out at night though. And I don't know how that will affect getting rid of the bugs.
Name: Will Creed
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Aug 26, 2017 9:30 AM CST
|You are going to have to move your succulents indoors at some point soon, so you might as well do it now. There is no particular advantage to moving them outside during the day.
These plants are largely pest-free so there is no reason to fuss about sanitizing them. Just give a thorough visual inspection for signs of any critters and treat them accordingly, but only if you see them.
Indoors, succulents do best on a sunny windowsill where they can get maximum direct sunlight.
They have small root systems that are designed to withstand drought and neglect, but not constant dampness and over nurturing. For that reason, I recommend that you keep them in their existing pots rather than moving them into larger pots. Allow the soil to get dry deep into the pots before watering them
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Aug 26, 2017 9:56 AM CST
|Outdoor conditions: bright shade, filtered light. Minimum amount of direct sun, maximum amount of ambient brightness and air flow. You can consider more exposure after a couple of weeks have passed and you've done a proper head count to see who's still in the game. Start out with overhead protection though.
We get down to about 45 for our winter minimum and none of the succulents complain about the cold, but it always warms up to the 60s during the day. That's probably a fair range to consider when you're deciding where to put the plants after they recover. Obviously when they're not real happy (rescue situation) then babying them is probably safer.
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