Watering succulents is different with watering other plants especially houseplants. If you are going to treat them like other plants, please keep in mind overwatering is the most common cause of succulent death.
Is it difficult to learn the right way to water succulents? The answer is No. Succulents are super easy to care about. With this ultimate guide, you'll be able to learn the right way to water your succulents.
How to tell your succulents are thirsty?
There are TWO signs appear on the leaves when your succulents is being underwater.
- Shriveled, soft and flat leaves
- Dried up, brown, dead leaves
Succulents store water in their stems, tissues and leaves. When you notice the leaves are shriveled, feel soft and turn flat, which look like the leaves lose plumpness and firmness. That means your succulents need a good drink. Sometimes you will notice a lot of dried up, dead leaves are dropping from the bottom of your succulents. That is another sign to remind you it is time to water your succulents!
If you find telling the signs are difficult for you especially you are new to succulents. The most important rule for watering succulents is Only water when the potting soil is bone dry. You can use one wood stick or your finger to check if the potting soil dry out. This is also called ‘’soak and dry’’ method. Watering them till the water leak out from the drainage hole. You can keep a record and you will learn the right watering frequency for your succulents after several times.
Based on the feedback from our succulent growers, watering 10-15 days is a good frequency to keep their succulents alive. You can use this timeline at the beginning and adjust as needed. Like all plants, you need to adjust your watering timeline in different seasons. Watering more in summer and watering less in winter in most of conditions.
The right way to water succulents?
- Using a watering can instead of a spray bottle. Why? It is succulent's root that absorbs water and nutrition. If you simply spray the water on the leaves, the water will stay there for long time, which can cause leaves rot. So the right way to water your succulents is watering the potting soil.
- The best time to water them is in the morning. However, in winter, it is suggested that watering them at noon to avoid frost. Don't water them when it's humid/ raining or extremely hot.