Soft Succulents: Exotic and Versatile Garden Treasures
The term “soft succulents" covers a broad range of succulents that are typically very drought tolerant but less tolerant of cold temperatures than “hardy” succulents. Our nursery's testing has demonstrated many, but not all, can tolerate temperatures slightly below freezing. Most of the soft succulents which have rosettes of thick fleshy leaves, such as many of the Echeveria, are hardy to at least the mid-20’s Fahrenheit. Soft succulents with thinner individual leaves, such as many of the Kalanchoe, can tolerate temperatures just below freezing but are killed back to the roots when the temperature reaches the mid-20’s F.
For the gardeners, this modest hardiness can simplify or eliminate winter protection depending on your location. When combined with drought tolerance, the wide range of textures and colors available in the soft succulents makes them incredibly versatile. They are perfect for:
- Low-maintenance groundcover in warmer areas
- Planting in pots of all kinds
- Any kind of indoor use
- Exotic wedding decorations
- “Painting” living pictures on green walls or wreaths
- An affordable introduction to the possibilities of soft succulents is the Mountain Crest Gardens Soft Succulent Plug Tray which offers many of our most popular varieties in a mixed tray. The trays typically have 10–15 varieties of Echeveria, Aeonium, Crassula, and/or Senecio.