Posted 3M ago by @Charli3Plant

Horticultural fleece + succulents?

Hi everyone, I've been thinking about getting some horticultural fleece for my succulents. I've been moving them in and out while I'm on break, but space is limited in my house and I have a lot of succulents. temperatures have been getting down into the mid 20's F (-4 to -6 C) recently. Would a fleece covering be enough to protect my tender succulents? They're under a protected structure which keeps precipitation off of them. #succulentsquad #succulentlove #succulents #plantsmakepeoplehappy #plantaddict #planttherapy #echeveria #sedum #pachyphytum #sempervivum #graptoveria
I'm not sure about the fleece but my friend uses a bed sheet and it works fine. But that's what the fleece is for to protect from Frost and insects and the cold so I don't see why not if a bed sheet works.
@Charli3Plant You could test it out by putting a thermometer under said fleece when it's 20F for 10 minutes and see what the thermometer reads. Succulents are full of water, and their flesh will freeze...this leads to damage & rot. This is why they almost all need to come in when temps dip below 40 to 50F.

I would not recommend leaving them outside, even covered in fleece, but I have not researched "horticultural" fleece. Maybe call the manufacturer / seller and pose the question, telling them where you live, what types of plants you have, etc. They should know what the product can and cannot do for your plants, based on where you live.
Here's a picture of my set up along with the projected temperatures for the next few days. I have them huddled next to each other on the palette.
@UltraKoreanfir Horticultural fleece is supposed to help keep plants warm, but still allowing for sunlight to filter through. It's what farmers use to cover crops like strawberries.
@Charli3Plant and your temps don't look THAT awful. I'm near St. Louis, MO and our temps dip down near 0 & sometimes below, so I am conservative. But I hope this works for you!
I'm gonna try an experiment tonight, since all of my succulents are hardy down to 32 F (0 C). Tonight is going to be overcast and hover right around freezing. Have them wrapped up in 2 layers of sheets: the first is made of flannel for warmth, the second is just a regular sheet to help keep the wind out. We'll see if this works!
@Charli3Plant lemme know how this worked for you please. I'm in OK but I'm pretty sure we're in the same USDA zone (pretty close if not) and I need to make some room in my greenhouse. I've acquired one or two (dozen) more plants since last winter and I need to know what I might can keep outside
@Lifeis2short They lived! Leaves are a little chilly to the touch, but nothing feels rotten or mushy. Everything still feels firm. I probably wouldn't push this system too far below freezing, but it worked.
Pics attached, forgot in the first post lol
@Charli3Plant Very cool experiment! Glad it worked for you! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒ΅πŸ’š