I enjoy sharing my succulents, knowledge, and cutting with my friends. Succulent cuttings are a great way to propagate succulent plants and create new arrangements.
Special care and attention regarding watering are required to ensure the cuttings survive and thrive.
Watering is an integral part of growing your cuttings into mature plants. Unlike mature plants, succulent cuttings have undeveloped roots and easily rot if overwatered.
Watering your succulent cuttings depends on several factors, such as the type of succulent, the climate, and potting mix.
This article will discuss everything you need to know about watering succulent cuttings, including indications of overwatering and underwatering.
Should I Water Succulents After Propagating?
It’s important to water succulents after propagating. Knowing the specific indications of when to start watering is vital to prevent damaging your cuttings.
Watering before the callus has formed can increase the risk of rot and disease.
Here are the guidelines to consider when watering your succulent cutting:
Allow for your cuttings to callus: After getting the cutting from the parent plant, allow for the cut end to dry or callus. The callus typically needs 4 to 5 days. After cutting, it will enable the cutting to rest on a paper towel.
Watering the cuttings before the callus forms can increase the risk of root rot and disease.
Use a well-drained potting mix: Succulent cuttings need a soil mix that drains well and is not prone to rotting your cuttings. You can purchase and use a commercial cactus mix or create your blend of equal parts sand, perlite, and peat moss.
Water the cuttings sparingly. After the cutting has started to callus, begin the watering process. However, in the beginning, start by watering sparingly.
Succulents thrive in areas of little or no water and don’t require constant watering. Overwatering leads to rot; therefore, letting the soil completely dry before watering again is essential.
The simple rule of thumb is to water once a week. Succulent cuttings should be watered when the soil is completely dry. Check your soil moisture content by sticking your finger about an inch deep into the soil.
Avoid watering the leaves: Watering the leaves of succulents cuttings leads to the cuttings rotting. Instead, water the soil around the plant to avoid getting water on the leaves. For optimal soil watering, it’s best to water from the bottom than the top.
Place the pot in a tray or bowl of water and let the soil soak up the water through the drainage hole. This will help prevent the water from sitting on the leaves or stem, which can increase the risk of rot.
Adjust the watering frequency based on the climate: Succulent cuttings need less water in cooler and less humid climates and more water in warmer and humid climates. If you live in hot and dry weather, you may need to water your succulent cuttings more often than in a cooler and humid climate.
Pay attention to your succulent cuttings:
- Monitor your succulents closely after propagating.
- Check for signs of overwatering, such as yellow or mushy leaves.
- Adjust the watering accordingly to prevent overwatering.
Here are several signs to check for overwatering or underwatering of your succulents.
Signs of Overwatering succulent cuttings:
Overwatering of succulent cuttings is a common problem of succulent growth. Overwatering your succulent cuttings, you’re drowning the plant’s root, leading to various issues. Here are the signs you need to look for due to overwatering:
Soft and mushy leaves or stems: One obvious sign of overwatering in succulents is when the leaves become mushy or discolored. Overwatering leads to the root becoming waterlogged, which in turn causes the leaves to become soft and squishy.
Slow growth: Overwatering leads to the slow development of your succulent cuttings. This is because plant roots cannot absorb nutrients and oxygen properly, leading to stunted growth.
Root Rot: This is another indication of overwatering. This occurs when the roots become saturated with water for too long, leading to the growth of bacteria and mold. The roots become black or brown and may start to smell foul.
Signs of underwatering succulent cuttings:
When you don’t water, your cuttings lead to dehydration and wilting of your baby succulents. Here are the signs that your succulents cuttings may be underwatered:
Wrinkled Leaves: One of the most apparent signs of underwatering in succulent cuttings is when the leaves become wrinkled or shriveled.
The plant is not getting enough water to support its growth and is losing moisture from its leaves. In addition, the leaves may become brittle and break easily.
Slow Growth: Like overwatering, underwatering can also lead to slow growth in succulent cuttings. This is because the plant is not getting enough water to support its growth and development.
If you notice that your succulent cuttings should grow slower than they are, it may be a sign that they are being underwatered.
In conclusion, you can take the necessary steps to prevent damaging your cuttings by understanding the signs of underwatering and overwatering.
Properly caring for your succulent cuttings is critical to ensuring they thrive and produce the desired result. Remember the tools recommended to use well-drained soil, pay close attention to water frequency, and watering at the soil and not the cuttings directly.
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