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How Often Do You Water Succulents?


Succulents are unusual plants that have gained popularity among plant enthusiasts due to their minimal care needs and distinctive look. They are renowned for having the capacity to retain water in their leaves and stems, making them excellent drought-resistant plants. Succulents are known for needing little maintenance, but over-watering them is one of the many things people need to correct when planting them.

Here we will learn about: how frequently you should water succulents, how to determine when they need water, the best method for watering them, and how frequently you should water them both indoors and outdoors.

The most important thing to do before you water your succulent is to make sure it is in the correct soil. Succulents need fast-draining, sandy soil. If you have it in regular potting soil, the soil retains too much moisture, and a bacteria, known as root rot, will form and begin to kill your plant.

How do you know when succulents need water?

Knowing when to water your succulents is important since overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues. On the other side, underwatering might result in the leaves wilting, wrinkling, or even falling off.

The following are a few indicators that your succulent needs water:

  1. Soil moisture level: The easiest way to determine if your succulent needs water is to check the soil moisture level. Stick your finger about an inch into the soil; if it feels dry to the touch, it is time to water your succulent. More importantly, if it feels damp, DO NOT WATER.
  2. Leaf appearance: Well-hydrated succulent leaves look plump and puffy, while dehydrated ones may appear wrinkled or shriveled.
  3. Leaf color: Dehydration can cause succulent leaves to change color, such as taking on a gray or dark hue.
  4. Leaf drop: When a succulent needs water, it may drop leaves to communicate its need for hydration.

It is important to remember that different varieties of succulents have various water requirements; thus, before watering, it is crucial to research the particular needs of your succulent. Succulents generally prefer to have their soil entirely dry between waterings and receive deep but infrequent irrigation.

What is the best way to water succulents?

Watering succulents sparingly yet deeply is the ideal method. Succulents do not require frequent watering because they are adapted to withstand extended droughts. To promote strong root growth, the soil must be totally saturated while watering succulents. The best way to do this is to make sure your succulent is in a pot with a bottom drain hole. Place the pot in a sink, or bowl of water, that covers about half the height of the plant pot. Leave the plant for 1-2 hours to soak in all the moisture it needs. Let the extra moisture drain away before you put your plant pot back in it’s home.

To avoid root rot, you should make sure that the soil dries out entirely in between watering.  

The soak-and-dry technique is a valuable approach to water succulents. To accomplish this, totally soak the soil in water, then allow it to drain. Before watering again, let the soil dry out entirely. The succulents’ natural habitat’s natural rain patterns are mimicked by this technique.

It is important to remember that the type of soil and container you use determine the best approach to water succulents. For instance, succulents grown in sandy soil need more irrigation than those planted in soil without good drainage.

Similar to how succulents planted in glazed or plastic containers need less watering than succulents placed in unglazed terra cotta pots do.

How many times do you water succulents?

The type of succulent, size of the plant, type of potting soil, humidity level, and environment temperature are just a few variables that affect how often succulents need to be watered.

To avoid overwatering and root rot, allowing the soil entirely dry out in between watering sessions is often imperative. For the most part, succulents can be watered once weekly or bi-weekly in the growing season (spring and summer) and once every month or two in the dormant season (fall and winter). 

It’s essential to keep an eye on the soil’s moisture content and change the watering schedule as necessary.

Remembering that the regularity can vary depending on the watering technique. For instance, you might need to water less frequently if you thoroughly soak the soil rather than mist the plant’s leaves. Additionally, outdoor succulents must be watered more regularly than interior succulents, particularly in hot and dry weather.

How frequently should indoor plants be watered?

It’s crucial to avoid overwatering interior succulents because doing so can lead to root rot and other issues. The variety of succulents, the size of the pot, and the environmental circumstances all affect how often indoor succulents need to be watered.

Indoor succulents should, as a general guideline, be watered once a week from spring to fall when they are actively growing. But it’s crucial to monitor the soil’s moisture content and change the regularity of watering as necessary.

You can measure the soil’s moisture content by inserting your finger into the earth for about an inch. It’s time to hydrate your succulent if it feels dry.

Succulents kept indoors may require less watering in the winter as they go inactive. Depending on the temperature, you might only need to water them once every month or so.

When watering indoor succulents, it’s essential to consider the pot’s size. You should frequently water your plants in smaller pots because they tend to dry out more rapidly than larger ones.

On the other hand, larger pots might retain moisture for more extended amounts of time, necessitating less frequent watering. Avoid getting water on the leaves of interior succulent plants when watering them to prevent leaf rot.

Instead, water the plants from the bottom by setting the container in a saucer of water and letting the soil absorb the water. Remove the saucepan from the saucer and let any additional water drain after about 30 minutes.

After at least 30 minutes, remove the pot from the saucer and allow any excess water to drain out. Make sure to empty the saucer to prevent the roots from sitting in water, which can cause root rot.

How often do you water succulents outdoors?

The succulent, the type of soil, and the surrounding environment are just a few of the variables that affect how often to water succulents outdoors. Since they are exposed to direct sunshine and other environmental conditions that might hasten the soil’s evaporation, outdoor succulents may need more regular watering than their indoor counterparts.

Outdoor succulents should be watered once weekly from spring through fall during their growing season. But if it’s hot or dry, you should water them more regularly. Keeping an eye on your succulents can help you determine when to water them more frequently.

Outdoor succulents may not require any watering at all in the winter. To keep the soil from entirely drying up, you should water them occasionally if the weather is very dry.

Should you water succulents with a spray bottle?

It is not advisable to spray water on succulents since it might make the leaves rot. Succulents do not require watering since they are evolved to retain moisture in their leaves and stems. In fact, watering succulents too frequently raises the danger of fungus and other illnesses.

Instead of spraying succulents with water, watering them from the bottom or using the soak-and-dry method is best. This ensures the soil is saturated with water without wetting the leaves.

In conclusion, watering succulents is an essential part of their maintenance, and it’s critical to do it right to maintain their life. Succulents do not need to be watered frequently and are drought-resistant plants.

Instead, they should get sparingly spaced, intense watering utilizing the soak and dry technique. The succulent, the type of soil, and the climatic conditions all affect how often to water a succulent. Following these rules ensures that your succulent garden grows and stays healthy for many years.

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Ginny Orenge

Hi, my name is Ginny, home and garden decor ideas is a family business specializing in inspiring you in getting in making your own craft at home. I have also loved creating my own art at home. I hope to share my tips in creating both home and garden decorations that you can be proud off.

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