Succulents are different than other houseplants due to their resiliency to the need for water. The time of year will determine how much water is required to keep the plant alive. Neglecting the watering schedule to lose the plant is commonplace. Besides, watering a succulent like any other houseplant will be the demise of the succulents. Whatever, the following guidelines will help keep the plant alive and healthy in different seasons.
Create a Record or Phone Alert
This is a simple and repeatable process for watering your indoor succulents. There might be a question always around your mind: How long has it been since the last time I watered my succulents?
In order to eliminate this problem, a watering schedule is necessary, and creating a quick alert to check the plant will help keep a constant schedule.
Typically, 7-14 days between watering are necessary to keep the plant alive; however, this may be different depending on the plant or if an arrangement is planted. A journal will help keep a quick record of watering and dates and doing this will ultimately allow the plant to live a longer life.
But the highly recommended route is using a succulent tracker app on your phone. This simple and powerful app allows the user to identify the plant so a robust watering schedule with alerts may be done. (Image below is the screenshot of app: Planta)
Indoor Watering by Seasons
Bringing the plant inside will help keep a consistent climate for the plant; however, even home has fluctuations of temperatures during different seasons, resulting in different ways of watering. If the succulent plant is near a window it will be exposed to the elements outside from cold in the winter to extreme heat in the summer.
Spring and fall – during these two seasons the watering will be not limited as most succulents are actively growing in spring and fall. Typically watering the plant once every 7-10 days should suffice during this time; however, indirect sunlight is important during this time.
Summer – the heat will require more regimented watering schedules. The soil will dry out faster and checking the plant weekly is recommended. Watering succulents when the succulent soil is completely dry, it might take 5-7 days. Typically, the morning and the afternoon after sunset are the coolest part of the day in summer and have plenty of sun, moving the plant out of the sun will help succulents thrive. Besides, these two periods are also the best time to water succulents. Succulents summer care is quite important in the growth of succulents.
Winter – excessive moisture in the surroundings in winter results in extending the period of water evaporating in soil. Checking the plant weekly to water and check the soil is important during the cooler months. And because most succulents are dormant in the winter, they don't need as much water, watering them once every 4-6 weeks is enough. Click here to learn how to water succulents in winter.
Tools and Tips for Watering
It may cause rot on the plant leaves if the excess water doesn’t drain through the soil. The following tools and tips will help keep the plant alive for a long time with minimal leave rot and mealybugs.
Watering Bottle - Using a watering bottle to stream is a quick way to water the plant. This tool suit all succulents whether for a big one or a small one.
Soil - If the soil is dry then it is a good indicator the succulent needs water, usually, soak the soil and let the plant sit for the next watering. A good indicator the plant is lacking either sunlight or water is the leaves turning to rot or dying off, make sure to move to sunlight and add more water. Picking the right soil is also necessary high drainage soil is helpful and will ensure the plant roots take form. We highly recommend our organic soil mix for succulents. You can add some gritty rocks and simply make your own succulents soil. Be careful of overwatering the plant, this will cause weaker root systems as the roots to become too saturated and do not grow out to find moisture. Click here to learn how to save overwatered succulents.
Pot with a drainage hole- A pot with a drainage hole in the bottom is suggested due to the water runoff having a centralized exit, this will avoid the succulents sitting in waterlogged or muddy soil that results in roots rot. Another reason is watering succulents from the bottom is feasible. Filling the catch pan with water and the soil will absorb the water and won't retain excessive water cause to overwater succulent.
Why does this crazy method of watering work?
Succulent plants are typically desert plants and the limitations of water have allowed these plants to adapt to extreme conditions. The desert will have quick rain over a 24-hour period and then go months without water. The soil will become saturated during that rainstorm and the succulents will pre-absorb the moisture into their leaves; however, if they absorb too much, their cells will be burst. That's the exact reason why they don't like sitting in waterlogged soil. So creating a similar watering schedule for the indoor succulent plant is essential to growing a robust and beautiful plant.
Overall, an indoor succulent is a simple and easy plant to keep alive. The weather changes with Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter create unique watering schedules. If you are always free, there's a watering method which calls 'soak and dry' that applies to full-year growth for succulents; just keep monitoring the soil, once it is completely dry, then it's time to water.