Published on September 27th, 2018 | by karabogaenes_m4a5dd080
[Complete Guide] How to Water Succulents so They Don’t Rot!
I was very excited the first time I got my succulents. I brought them home, put them near the window, and watered them good. Since I didn’t know anything about them at first, I thought that if I keep watering them will make my plants happy. The truth is they weren’t happy with what I did and they rotted in days!
In summary, watering succulents are different from watering other home plants. You need to water them when they are completely dry, use a pot with
Succulents Absorb Water Very Well
Succulents live in deserts or semi-desert areas. That means they don’t get water frequently. But when it rains in
Therefore, in order to survive, succulents need to get as much water as possible to survive. Succulents have a root system that helps to achieve this. As soon as they get water, they get the most of it and keep them for long dry days.
Our homes or offices are not that hot and dry. Succulents won’t need that much water to survive.
In these conditions, if you water them more than they need, they’ll take up much more water than they need, and start losing leaves first, then their stem will rot. The same thing happens with roots too. If the soil stays wet, roots will start to rot, eventually causing
Start with a Good Pot with a Drainage Hole
Drainage hole helps excess water to leave the soil. This is important because if there is no drainage hole, water will stay in
Some people use pots without drainage holes and keep their succulents alive but it is very difficult to do. You wouldn’t know how much water left in the pot and how long it will take soil to completely dry out.
I also recommend avoiding keeping your plants in glass containers or terrariums. These things can cause your plants
What if I Don’t Have a Pot With Drainage Hole?
It happens. You have a favorite pot you think looks awesome with your favorite succulent, it is okay to use it.
What I usually do is to use another plastic pot called nursery pot. It is a light plastic pot that has drainage holes. You can plant your succulent in it, and place nursery pot into your favorite pot.
All you need to do is to buy a nursery pot a little smaller than your pot and you can directly place your plant into the pot. When you need to water your plant, you can easily take out the plant with nursery pot and water your plant.
Another way is to learning
Soil Play an Important Role
In a desert,
Since succulents hate to sit on wet soil, the soil used should quickly be
I don’t recommend using potting soil as they tend to keep water. You can directly buy succulent or cactus soil directly from Amazon or Home Depot, or choose to mix at home.
If you want to prepare your own soil, you can easily do it by mixing perlite, coarse sand, and your potting soil if you have some. The formula I use is potting soil (60%), perlite (15%), and coarse sand (25%).
How to Actually Water Your Succulents?
Overwatering will kill your succulents. That doesn’t mean you should water your succulents with less water. You need to water your succulents very well when they need.
So let’s start with “when“.
Watering frequency can change considering the age, size, temperature, season etc. So there is no single and easy answer on when to water your plants.
When the soil is completely dry, it is time to water. You can it understand by sticking your finger or a toothpick to
You can use a water can to water your plant. You need to give a good soak first and wait until the water comes from the drainage holes. You can wait
Then give one more soaking and wait until water leaves the pot, and you are done! Easy-peasy.
The reason we are giving a good soak is about roots. If you don’t water deeply, roots will stay shallow because there is no reason for
When you give a good amount of water and it wets all soil, roots will grow and get deeper trying to reach the bottom. This will help
Please do not Mist!
Misting your succulents is a bad idea. While too much water kills your succulents, less water will do the same thing but in a different way.
First of all, succulents need
When you get your propagation leaves ready (you let them
You can spray them every day until new plants grow. After a couple of weeks, you’ll see pink roots and those roots will love to be watered
How to Understand you are Overwatering?
Leaves are the best indicator for watering problems.
If leaves are dropping quickly that may be caused by overwatering. When there is too much water for
If leaves are becoming yellowish and transparent, it is another indicator of overwatering. When you touch leaves and you feel them juicy, you need to change your watering technique.
If you notice symptoms of overwatering, all you need to do is wait until soil completely dries out before watering again. Succulents thrive better without water than they do with too much water.
The soil is equally important in these situations. If you are using regular potting soil instead of special succulent soil,
Symptoms of Underwatering
Again, leaves are usually the best indicators of underwatering.
I saw people completely forgetting to water their succulents for months and succulents stayed alive. After one good soaking, they came to life as beautiful as they were before.
It is better to have an underwatering problem than overwatering. Most succulent problems can be solved with less watering.
As a sum, when dry, give a good soak to your succulents. Use a quicky drying soil and a pot with drainage holes. Avoid, using glass containers and shallow pots. Make sure you help your plant for a healthy root formation.