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List of full sun tolerant succulents for newbie

Posted by ck_succulents 9? (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 20, 07 at 18:03

Searching for a good online source to find out which succulents are full sun tolerant v those needing some shade.

I have an east facing porch that gets a lot of sun here in San Rafael CA (20 min north of SF, no fog) - as well as a shaded north-facing porch, where I usually put newly potted plants that need to rest. :-)

I always thought ALL of my succulents could handle the sun (appx 8AM-2PM), but my local nursery told me today that only certain types can handle it.

Would also love to find a site with photos to help identify my collection and figure out who needs sun and who needs shade.

Thanks in advance for your patience with my newbie ?'s!
CK in Sunny San Rafael

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RE: List of full sun tolerant succulents for newbie

You'll have to copy/paste into your browser as GW will not accept this as a valid url for some reason.

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Please post pictures of about one to three plants at one time. Example: if you have 2-3 aloes that need IDs, you may wish to make this one post and put echeverias in another. Most forum members here will be happy to help you ID your plants.


Here is a link that might be useful: posting pix on GW

RE: List of full sun tolerant succulents for newbie

keep in mind that sun tolerance in a pot is much less than in the ground

most young succulents like some shade before adulthood

usually, lighter colored leaves means more sun tolerant, as does sometimes reddish/ pinkish tinges; more green means more shade

a waxy epidermis is also indicative of the need for sun

most aloes, haworthias, sedums, euphorbias like shade from hot afternoon sun

many S. American cactus burn in hot sun

I can keep going but I would never stop!

RE: List of full sun tolerant succulents for newbie

Thank you!

The quick tips help a lot.


RE: List of full sun tolerant succulents for newbie

Try Dudleyas in the open in summer, they love the cool sea air. Or Lithops. Or Avonias if you like miniatures. All will thrive in full sun.

RE: List of full sun tolerant succulents for newbie

Check out this site...go to the "library" has photos and info, including sun an easy to use format. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Cactus Collection

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