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PostSubject: surviving the summer   Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:21 pm

Hi all,

I'm new to succulents and this will be my first summer in Melbourne with them. I have a couple of pots with Aeoniums, Sedums and Sennacio... I think. They are in a balcony and rely on me for watering (they won't get rainwater).

I was wondering how they would go in the heat of summer, and what sort of frequency of watering people get up to in summer, especially as I think most of these are dormant through summer. I know it depends on the size of the pot/plant etc so you can't just tell me exactly what frequency, I just wondered how frequently people end up watering their own plants for an idea of a normal range, and how different it is to winter.
I've figured around a week for winter and am thinking about increasing it now that it is getting warm.

Also whether I would need to shelter them from sun in the heat of summer and whether anyone had suggestions on how you do that on a potentially extremelywindy balcony. Bringing them in would be rather not ideal as I need to keep my blinds down pretty much all the time to avoid heating up the unit excessively and they are too big to fit on a window sill. (so they won't get the sun indoors)

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PostSubject: Re: surviving the summer   Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:39 pm

I'm from Melbourne too. I'm pretty brutal with my succulents, I water them when I remember too and they cop the full brunt of sun and wind. As long as they haven't gone from somewhere not so sunny to full sun they should be ok, watch for burnt leaves. Most succulents will colour up beautifully if your a little harsher with them (less water and lots of sun).
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