I have a neighbor who’s a master gardener. He gave me several succulents he’d cleared out from his garden so I could transplant them. San Diego is a semi-arid desert, but I live in an area that is neither inland (warm and dry) nor coastal (cool and moist).
Basically we’re warmish but with regular marine layers and cool snaps. My neighbor said I could simply stick the succulents in the ground. I thought he was kidding. He said he was serious. He’s a master gardener so I gave it a try. That was nearly two years ago and this little sucker is still alive. Lucky me 🙂