Do succulents like humidity? If you are growing succulents in a humid area, you might also ask this question. In this post, we’ll talk about how humidity affects your plants.
Humidity is the presence of water vapor in the air. High humidity means that there is a considerable amount of water in the air.
A humid area often manifests fog or dew. But is this good for plants especially for succulents? Do succulents like humidity?
Succulents do not like humidity because it adds to the moisture of the soil something that could potentially harm the succulents. In addition, humidity could also trigger fungal problems of the plant which in turn cause rot, or in the worse cases, death of the succulents.
In some succulents though, they can tolerate a humid environment as long it is not too much. High humidity wet the soil which will cause many problems in the plants.
One of the problems related to high humidity is fungal infections. Fungi love this condition and become active resulting in the damage in the plants’ leaves and stems.
Rotting is the ultimate result of high humidity. As you may already know, succulents are accustomed to semi-desert areas where water is minimal.
What you can do with your succulents, in this case, is to expose them to the sun. And the best time to do that is in the morning.
Succulents love 4-6 hours of direct sunlight exposure. But make sure that it is the morning sun. Scourging sun in the afternoon can harm the plants.
A couple of hours of sun exposure every day is good enough to keep succulents safe from fungal problems and rotting.
Beginner’s Guide on Humidity and Light
Giving your succulents a dose of sunlight every day is probably the best thing you can do for these plants.
However, this is not always possible. What I found difficult is to transfer my indoor succulents back and forth. I have plenty of succulents indoor that need sunlight. This means that I should bring them outside every morning and bring them back inside 6 hours later.
If you are working in a regular job, this is not possible. I simply don’t have time to do it.
The second problem that I encounter is the weight of the pots of my plants. If you have succulent arrangements, the pots are usually bigger than those with single succulent planted in them.
In this situation, transferring a plant back and forth simply takes time and super arduous on your part.
However, there two things you can do to deal with these problems.
1) Place the succulents in the window sill
Placing the succulents in the window sill allows them to catch some sunlight in the morning. Such sunlight exposure can be enough to reduce humidity.
But which window should you consider putting your succulents? Well, the answer to this question depends on the location you are living in. For some people, the north-facing window is perfect. While others choose the south-facing window.
What I like to recommend is that look for the window in your house that has access to the morning sun regardless of where it faces.
2) Use grow light
High humidity usually occurs during the cold season. This is also the time when the sun is almost invisible in the sky. Putting your succulents in the window sill might not work. The plants still cannot get the sunlight.
What I recommend in this case is to use grow light (check my recommended grow light on Amazon). Grow light is a good alternative especially during winter. It does not only reduce humidity but also helps the succulents get the required light.
You can also use the fluorescent light if you don’t want to buy commercial grow lights.
Will high humidity conditions harm succulents?
Definitely. Back when I was started, I did not know what to do during the humid season. All my succulents were left outdoor. Not surprisingly, many of them died. I did not even think that high humidity was the cause.
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, most succulents will develop rot and fungal problems in humid conditions.
This usually occurs especially if you are growing soft succulents. These types of succulents are not tolerant of extreme environmental conditions. In short, they are more vulnerable than the other varieties.
How much humidity do succulents prefer?
Succulents would love an indoor environment as long as it is less humid. In most cases, succulents grow well in an environment with 80%-100% humidity.
Some succulents though are more sensitive than others. What I found is that succulents grow better in non-air-conditioned space. Air-conditioned spaces are still more humid.
Final Thought on Do Succulents Like Humidity
Succulents are not equal. There are some varieties that can withstand high humidity. However, most succulents are more sensitive to humidity than the others.
This may suggest that growing succulents successfully in humid seasons especially winter requires understanding the type of the plant you’re growing.
You have to get familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of your succulents so that you’ll be able to respond to their needs effectively when needed.
I hope this helps you keep your succulents safe.
How Often Should Succulents Be Watered in Winter?
During winter, most succulent varieties are dormant. They are not actively growing, therefore, they need less water and nutrients.
That said, watering succulents during winter should be infrequent. But this, of course, will depend on the type of succulents you’re growing. Some succulents do actively grow in winter so they need more water than the dormant ones.
This means that every succulent has certain water needs. What I found an effective strategy for watering is by examining the soil. If it is dry, then it indicates that the succulent needs water. This works pretty excellent with all types of succulents.
If you are researching online, you probably have come across some contending views on how, when, or how much water do succulents need during winter.
To me, this only suggests that succulents care may vary as a result of many defining factors. So know your succulent. Using the technique that I shared here can be helpful.
But of course, your climate might be different from mine. Explore what works best for your plants.