You should let your succulent soak for 24 to 72 hours after placing it completely in the water. Make sure you handle your plant with extra care when it’s time to remove it from the water.
How long should my succulent be soaked?
You should water a succulent thoroughly before allowing the soil to completely dry out if you want it to have strong roots and an attractive natural design (and who doesn’t?). When the soil is dry, give your succulent fewer, lengthier waterings rather than several short ones.
Put your succulent in a tray of water for around five minutes if it’s in a container with good drainage. Water at the soil line rather than above it if it is in the ground or a big container. Never, under any circumstances, let your succulent sit in soggy soil!
Succulents should be soaked, right?
Here is how to water succulents now that you are aware of the variables that influence how frequently you should water them. Yes, there are right and incorrect ways to do things. Native to the desert, succulents receive little rain in their natural settings, but when it does, it pours. Desert downpours resemble monsoons because sheets of water fall from the sky. When you water your succulent, soak it completely to simulate desert rain. Slowly pour water over it, continuing to do so until the drain hole at the bottom is completely filled. Succulents benefit more from irregular, cautious waterings that only moisten the top inch or two of the soil in the pot than they do from periodic, long, deep drinks that soak the soil to the bottom of the pot.
So when the earth around your succulent plants is completely dry, water it. Re-saturate the soil after allowing it to totally dry out. Dried up. Drench. Dried up. Drench. You can have succulents that are perfectly watered if you follow that pattern.
How long should the succulents soak?
Look into the pot to see if your succulent needs watering. Take a look at the soil’s real container, a black plastic pot. Out of the clay pot, pop that bad boy. While it’s out, look at the bottom. There are drainage holes there that you can use to check on your roots. Your succulent is rootbound if they are coming out of the holes, thus it’s time to repot!
It’s time to water now that your grower pot has been removed from the clay pot. Fill the empty clay pot with water until it is approximately an inch deep. Put the grower pot back into the pot so that it may absorb the water.
If you want to bottom water several plants, you can put the pots into a dish or tub of water and let them soak there for 20 to 30 minutes before removing them and re-potting them.
How frequently should a succulent be soaked?
It’s ideal to water your succulents with the soak-and-dry approach about once every two weeks. That entails letting the plant fully dry before giving it a good soak. Repeat after a few weeks or so when it has completely dried out once more.
Use a device that can measure the soil’s dryness from top to bottom. It might be as easy as inserting a butter knife, wooden skewer, or, if the pot is shallow enough, your finger, into the soil. You run the danger of overwatering the succulent and risking root rot if you wait to water it until the soil is fully dry.
Use a watering can with a small nozzle or similar direct watering technique to ensure the soil is well saturated and to prevent the plant from rotting as a result of water sitting on the leaves. In this manner, the plant’s surrounding soil only gets wet, not the plant itself.
Water the soil in your container, if it has drainage holes, until water begins to emerge from the drainage hole at the bottom. There are, however, a ton of adorable succulent pots available without drainage holes. You might be asking if you can still use them at this point. Yes, but proceed with extreme caution. Drill holes into ceramic pots with diamond-tipped bits (which aren’t as expensive as they sound), or fill the bottom of the pot with small garden rocks before planting; this will allow any excess water to collect while the soil dries out and eventually be absorbed by the plant’s roots when they need it.
Since a pot without drainage can make the “once every two weeks time frame” longer, you’ll also need to pay closer attention to the signs your succulent gives you about when to water. Keep in mind that overwatering is one of the main reasons why succulents die. Finding the ideal balance could involve some trial and error. It’s also a good idea to keep note of the plant’s optimal lighting requirements because succulents that receive a lot of light typically dry out slightly quicker than those that are in less sunny locations.
What does a succulent look like when it is overwatered?
How can you tell if your succulent is getting too much water? You can usually determine if a succulent is being overwatered or underwatered by looking for telltale indications. A plant that has received too much water will have soft, mushy leaves.
The leaves would either turn translucent in color or appear lighter than they would on a healthy plant. A succulent that had received too much water would frequently lose leaves readily, even when only lightly handled. Usually, the lowest leaves are the ones to suffer first.
The plant will look to be unhealthy overall. When this occurs, the plant is either being overwatered, sitting in the incorrect soil that does not dry out quickly enough, or both.
Your plants are being overwatered if you have been giving them regular waterings or if you have been following a watering schedule regardless of how the plant appears.
On the other hand, a succulent that has been submerged will have withered, wrinkled, and deflated-looking leaves. The leaves will appear thin and flat. The entire plant will appear withered and dry.
The leaves of a good succulent plant should be thick and solid, not mushy or desiccated.
To learn more about this subject, visit my post titled “How To Tell If Your Succulent is Over or Under Watered,” in which I go into great length about how you may determine whether your succulent plant is being over or under watered.
This String of Pearls ‘Senecio Rowleyanus’ plant leaf is one that has been overwatered. If a succulent’s water storage capacity has been exceeded, it may physically burst from overwatering.
What transpires if you submerge a succulent?
Succulent plants can withstand drought conditions for at least a month because to the water they have stored in their leaves and stems. Differentiating between shriveled, underwatered leaves and aging, dying leaves can be challenging. Although they feel softer to the touch than when properly hydrated, underwatered leaves don’t appear translucent and soggy like overwatered leaves do. Skin wrinkles and droopy leaves with sagging tips will appear as the moisture pressure inside the tissue of the leaves and stems decreases.
Older lower leaves near the base of the plant are always those that are dying. They become brown and thin out to a very dry, crispy, papery sensation instead of shriveling up and discoloring. To keep the plant looking its best, dead, old leaves can be plucked or will gradually fall off.
Make sure you pay close attention to the state of your succulents’ leaves and understand how to water your succulents properly to prevent overwatering and underwatering.
Succulents enjoy misting, right?
When I first learned about succulents, I was fascinated by the notion that they couldn’t die. They were frequently referred to as very low maintenance plants that adored being neglected. That sounds fairly simple, hmm.
To add to my bewilderment, I frequently heard the word “succulent” used in the same sentence as the word “cactus.” We won’t get into it here because there is a really fantastic essay on this site that explains the link between cacti and succulents, but a widespread misconception regarding cacti is that they never require water. Because I believed succulents required little to no water, I occasionally misted them rather than watering them. They love to be ignored, right? They require little upkeep, right? Well, I hate to ruin the surprise, but my succulents barely made it through this abuse.
The scoop about misting and watering is as follows:
*Water: After the dirt has dried, drown your succulents in water. Put them in water until the bottom of the pot is filled with water. If you have a catch pan, remove any water that has accumulated there. The best kind of pots are unglazed, porous ones with drainage holes (think terracotta pots). Your succulents will appreciate that they allow them to breathe.
*Low Maintenance: Succulents grow in nature with shallow roots that quickly absorb water and store it in their leaves, stems, and roots for periods of drought. Succulents are considered low maintenance because of this. They are designed to hold water for extended periods of time, so you don’t need to water them as frequently as some plants, like every other day. They won’t wither and die while you’re away, so you may travel with confidence. Just remember to give them a good drink when you do water them!
*Water Type: Rainwater or distilled water are the ideal water types to utilize. Numerous minerals in tap water can accumulate in the soil and even appear on plant leaves.
*Watering Frequency: A number of factors determine how frequently you water (climate, season, humidity, pot size, pot type, drainage etc). The best general rule is to wait until the soil has dried before watering it again. The roots may decay if the soil isn’t given a chance to dry up or if water is left in the catch pan. You can stick your finger into the ground and feel around to determine the amount of moisture in the soil, or you can use a moisture meter (commonly sold in gardening centers or online and relatively inexpensive).
Leave the misting to the babies, please! Actually, fully developed succulents dislike being misted. Because they prefer dry environments, misting them will alter the humidity in the area around the plant. Additionally, this might cause decay. To gently hydrate your propagation babies’ tiny, sensitive roots, spray them.
Succulents—can they endure in water forever?
You will need to decide how to start your new plant first. We discover that employing an offshoot, as opposed to cutting, often generates a stronger plant. It ultimately depends on your preference, however the latter is also totally feasible. You can now start growing a succulent in water.
The cutting or branch must be given time to callus as the first and most crucial phase. For a few days, keep it in a tray without food. If you don’t do this, it will collect too much moisture, which could lead to rotting.
Next, lay the cutting or branch on the rim of a water container in a location with plenty of sunlight. It is necessary for the calloused end to be barely visible above the waterline. You will observe the roots penetrating it in a few days.
That’s all there is to it! As long as you give the succulent an appropriate container, it can continue to live in the water until the roots have formed.
A succulent that has adapted to living in water will most likely perish if transplanted into soil since water roots and soil roots are significantly different from one another. You are free to experiment to your heart’s content and discover what works best for you because succulents are easy to propagate.
Do succulent plants prefer bottom-watering?
Succulent plants occasionally require bottom watering since the soil cannot hold water. Possibly as a result of being root-bound or becoming hydrophobic.
Repairing hydrophobic soil that is hard, dry, compact, and water-repellent can be done extremely well by bottom-watering. Going future, routine bottom-watering will stop the issue from recurring.
There isn’t enough soil when the roots of your succulent plant are too overgrown to prevent top-watering. As you prepare to replant it in a larger container with new soil, bottom-watering will replace its moisture and keep it healthy.
Finally, top-watering your succulent in humid areas might encourage the growth of bacteria and fungus on it. Succulents that are bottom-watered don’t develop dangerous mold, mildew, or other bacteria.
Is succulent bottom watering preferable?
Even though there are simpler ways to water succulents, bottom watering them at least once a month has several benefits. Additionally, it is a great approach to avoid typical issues, especially with plants that are not transplanted frequently.
How soon after repotting can I water succulents?
1. To get started, fill your new planter 3/4 full with pre-mixed succulent or cactus soil, which is often available at any nearby nursery or home improvement store. You can combine standard potting soil and perlite in equal amounts to try making your own soil. Make sure the planter is at least 2″ wider than the diameter of the succulent if you are relocating it to a larger container. Your succulent will have plenty of room to expand and become stable as a result.
2. Remove the succulent from its present container and gently separate the roots. To loosen the roots and remove the soil, you can “tickle” them from the bottom. Consider this phase as a pleasant stretch for the roots. They can stabilize in a larger pot and acclimate to their new soil by being spread out and lengthened. This is the ideal time to remove any dead leaves and brush away any dead roots from the plant’s base. While doing this, be careful to brush away any old or extra dirt.
3. To support the plant, dig a small hole in the fresh dirt, lay the succulent in it, and then gently cover the roots with extra potting soil. Don’t cover any leaves or allow them lay on top of the soil; only add enough to cover the plant’s base. As a result of the leaves absorbing too much moisture from the soil, this will cause them to rot.
4. After the plant has stabilized, you can add colored rocks, pebbles, or sand to give your new succulent plant in a pot a unique touch. Make sure the material drains adequately if you do add something on top so that water can reach the soil underneath.
5. In this case, the situation dictates how to water. Depending on the type of plant and when it was last watered, a succulent that has been repotted may require different first watering. However, it is typically advised to hold off on watering your succulent for at least a week following repotting. Make sure the soil is dry before giving it a good soaking without drowning it.
6. Enjoy your succulent in a new pot! Depending on your environment, sunlight, etc., water your succulent once per week to three weeks to keep it healthy. Water should be applied when the soil is dry. Leave it alone until it dries if it is still wet. They are tough little plants, so try different things to see what works best for your new addition.