Succulents have now become some of the most popular houseplants, and this is mainly due to the fact that they’re so low maintenance! In this article, we’re going to take a look at how to water succulents the right way! These plants not only look great in any environment, but their low maintenance upkeep is great for anyone with a busy life, or just someone who doesn’t have a green thumb!

But be wary – just because succulents are low maintenance, doesn’t mean there isn’t room for error! Properly watering succulents is actually SUPER important because it can make the difference between life and death…for the succulents at least!

How to Water Succulents

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Over-watering and under-watering are the quickest way to kill off a succulent plant, so keep reading this guide on how to water succulents the right way!

One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to succulents, is that they don’t need water. While they ARE drought tolerant, they still need SOME water to survive!

If you see yellow, soggy leaves, this is an indication of over-watering. Brown, dry leaves that reside in the middle or the top, will indicate under-watering.

If you see dry leaves at the bottom of the succulent though, this is completely normal and does NOT indicate under-watering. This just means that your plant is ready to replace its leaves!

Succulent Watering Schedule:

You should be careful when and how often you water your succulents because too much water can cause root rot, while not enough water will cause your plant to dry off and dye.

Succulents also hate siting in wet soil, so be sure to plant your succulents in well draining cactus mix or succulent soil. See here how to make your own succulent soil! Don’t ever use regular potting soil, as it will not drain the water fast enough!

While there’s no exact science on how much and how often to water your succulents (this all depends on the variety and the climate you’re in), there IS a rule of thumb, and this is it:

Water your succulents ONLY when the soil is dry and water thoroughly until you start to see water draining through the drainage holes. For most climates and varieties, you’ll only need to water about once a week. Once a week has gone by, just touch the soil with your finger to feel whether the soil is dry or not. It should be dry to about 1 inch deep! 

How to Water Succulents:

You can water your succulents a few different ways:

Using a watering can: this method is best done on bigger potted succulents. Water deeply, and only water the soil.

Using a watering syringe: this method is best suited for smaller potted succulents. Inject water filled syringe directly into succulent soil.

Using a spray bottle: spray water directly onto soil when dry to the touch. This method works best for climates that are wet and humid where water succulents may need less water than normal.

So now that you know how to water succulents the correct way, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!

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How to Water Succulents