How To Rehydrate Succulents

Recent years have been a rise in the popularity of water treatment among succulent enthusiasts. Many people have discussed the benefits of water treatment for succulents and shared their own experiences with it on numerous social media platforms. However, there are many worries that this approach would have the opposite effect, especially since succulents like a dry environment more than other plants. This essay will examine this water therapy technique and discuss its benefits and drawbacks.

But this is not a technique that needs to be overused. Succulents don’t require water therapy very often or at all. After being removed, drowning in water, and then being planted again, the roots are more susceptible to bruises or damages. Before replanting the succulents in soil, it is advised that you let the roots entirely dry out for a few days to reduce the likelihood that the roots may break. Additionally, to prevent root rot, wait to water your succulents after replanting them until the roots have calloused over.

If at all possible, avoid utilizing water therapy due to the significant risk of root injury. Try keeping your succulents in soil and giving them a good watering first if you find they are becoming dry. See our instructions on how to water your succulents properly. Water therapy should only be used as a last resort. It is not worth the risk to follow this trend at the expense of your succulents.

Can a dried-up succulent be revived?

  • Symptoms. Succulents’ leaves can become soft and mushy and become brown or black, but the intensity of the cold damage will determine the exact symptoms.
  • Causes. Although some succulent plants may endure a light frost, this is uncommon because most succulents are native to hot climes and normally suffer in temperatures lower than 50F (10C).

The majority of succulent types are not cold tolerant and will perish if left in temps below 50F (10C) for an extended period of time.

The majority of succulent species thrive in a standard room temperature environment, with a range of 55F-80F (13C-27C) being ideal for aloe vera.

Succulents’ leaves and stems may become mushy in texture and appear dark or black if they are subjected to chilly weather or even frost.

How to Revive Cold Damaged Succulents

Place your succulent in a location in your home or garden where the temperature is consistently between 55F and 80F (13C and 27C). Make sure that none of the leaves are directly in contact with windows, as these areas of the house can get much colder than the rest of the house. Reduce watering for the time being.

The cold damage should not likely worsen once the succulent is in a more stable environment.

Wait a few days, if not weeks, and the succulent’s mushy, cold-damaged section should dry out and callus over if the leaves feel gooey.

Cut the leaf back to below the injured section once the mushy portion has dried out. Cold-damaged succulent areas normally do not recover, but the succulent plant as a whole can recover.

In order to avoid additional potential issues, you should only restart watering the succulent once the callus of the leaf cut has completely healed over. Cold damage increases the danger of root rot.

The succulent can ultimately sprout new leaves and begin to regain its usual appearance after being damaged by the cold, but it takes a lot of persistence.

Key Takeaways:

  • The most frequent cause of succulent death is root rot brought on by over watering and poorly draining soils. Plants that can withstand drought, succulents need the soil to dry out between waterings. A succulent that has mushy, brown, yellow, or black leaves is withering because the soil is excessively wet.
  • Overwatering or sunburn cause succulents to turn brown. Brown, mushy succulent leaves are a sign of excessive moisture around the roots. Due to a rapid rise in sunshine intensity, scorched-looking brown succulent leaves may be the result of sunburn.
  • Because of excessive moisture around the roots brought on by frequent watering, wet soils, or pots without drainage holes, succulent leaves turn yellow. The soil needs to dry out between waterings for succulents. Yellow and mushy succulent leaves may be a sign of root rot brought on by over watering.
  • If succulents are exposed to too much shade, they become tall and lanky. Succulent leaves grow tall in the direction of the strongest light since the majority of succulents need bright, indirect light or full sun. Tall succulent leaves can droop under their own weight and often have weaker, withering leaves at the base.
  • Due to inadequate or excessive watering, succulent plants experience drought stress, which causes their leaves to shrivel. As a means of survival, succulents store moisture in their leaves. Underwatering your succulent causes it to draw on the moisture reserves in the leaves, giving it a shriveled appearance.
  • Recreate the circumstances of the succulents’ natural environment by planting them in well-draining, rocky soil with the appropriate amount of sunshine, and watering them when the soil becomes dry. To preserve the succulent, take cuttings from healthy areas of the plant.

How would you hydrate a dried-up succulent?

Remove any remaining soil from the area surrounding the roots of the dehydrated plant and take it out of the pot. You can accomplish this by water-blasting or water-spraying the roots. Plant roots should be submerged in water. Try to keep the stem out of the water and just let the roots be submerged. If the plant you are treating with water therapy is one that was just delivered and was transported bare-root, simply immerse the plant’s roots in water so they come into contact with it and may absorb the water.

Because rainwater has the ideal pH balance for succulents, some people prefer to utilize it after it has been collected and stored. In addition, rainwater offers some of the nutrients that succulents require without the salt and other elements found in tap water. You can use standard tap water if you don’t have access to rainfall. It is not necessary to use pure or distilled water.

[2] Remove The Substrate

Taking your succulent out of its container, remove the substrate. In a perfect scenario, the substrate would be completely eliminated, however this is not always feasible in real life.

Remove as much substrate as you can, carefully and delicately, to totally expose the plant’s roots.

[3] Make The Roots Come Into Contact with Water

Keep the succulent’s roots submerged in water and let the rest of it dry out. I advise using a glass or transparent container so that you can see the plant.

You might wish to utilize dark containers for your plants because the roots enjoy the darkness. In my experience, brown glass ones tend to function well.

Make sure the plant can fit in the container. You can make sure that your succulent only comes into contact with water through its stem and roots—not its leaves—by using this arrangement.

[4] Allow The Water Therapy To Take Effect And Monitor Its Progress

You will need to monitor the water level throughout the therapy to make sure the roots are continually in contact with it and that the water is clean, which may need changing it frequently.

When the therapy seems to have an effect on the plant, you should take the succulent out of the water. How would you know? It ought to appear hydrated, plump, bright, and healthy.

Depending on how dehydrated the succulent was when you started, this process can take some time. People typically leave them for anything between 24 and 72 hours to a full week.

One of my succulents has survived on its own for as long as two weeks. Your plant’s appearance will help you decide whether it should be removed from therapy altogether or kept in therapy for a longer period of time.

It is not typical for the plant to turn yellow or brown, lose leaves, or appear translucent while it goes through this change.

All of these suggest that the plant was overwatered and may have started to decay. If you observe any of these signs, take your succulent out of the water.

[5] Replant your Succulent

After your plant has benefited from the water therapy, it’s time to replant it. Remove it from the water and plant it; then, let the roots drain the extra water.

It is preferable to hold off on watering for at least three days. This is because too-wet soil can damage roots, which can result in deterioration.

After planting, wait a few days before starting to water again. Your succulent will actually be properly moisturized after the procedure.

How does a succulent look as it ages?

The leaves on your succulent may appear yellow, translucent, or wet. Your succulent is starting to die as a result of overwatering. A more serious condition is indicated by leaves that are brown or black and appear to be rotting. Therefore, you must begin saving your withering succulents!

Do succulents need to be submerged in water?

As previously said, you should hold off on watering your succulent again until the soil mixture is totally dry. The ideal watering technique is to totally saturate your plant once you’ve determined that the soil is dry and that it needs to be watered.

This entails holding off on soaking and drenching the plant in water until the soil is completely dry. When it comes to indoor plants, you should make an effort to limit the amount of water that contacts the leaves because doing so might cause plant rot, which can harm or kill your plant.

Succulent plants should not be watered again until the soil is totally dry. This will also obviously result in distinct watering regimes for each of your various succulent kinds. For example, the String of Hearts requires far more frequent watering than many of my echeveria plants, in my opinion.

How can I revive my wilting succulents?

Yes, I am aware that it seems illogical to remove extra water from the soil, but bear with me. This is the justification. Too much water has already put the succulent under stress, and exposure to sunlight makes matters worse. Direct sunlight is a big no because most succulents require brilliant indirect light.

Place the succulent that has been overwatered somewhere dry and bright, but out of direct sunshine.

2. Permit the roots to breathe.

Cut off any brown or black roots as they are already rotting. Dig the succulent out of the ground and remove any excess soil that has become stuck to the roots. Place the plant on a mesh or other strainer until the roots have had two to three days to air dry. Replant the roots in the pot once they have dried completely.

Remove the entire root system and any puckered, spotty, black, or brown stems if the roots are entirely rotted. The succulent stem can be buried in the ground for propagation.

Keep the overwatered succulent on a mesh screen or other strainer until the roots have had two to three days to air dry.

3. Modify the ground

You might not need to entirely alter your succulent if it is already rooted in homemade or commercial succulent soil. Algae (green living matter) typically grows on soil that is too wet. If so, it is your responsibility to remove all of the top soil from the area around your plants and replace it with new succulent soil.

What causes my succulent to dry out?

Due to its affinity for well-draining soils and occasional watering, overwatering is the most prevalent cause of succulent death.

However, if they are not hydrated properly or are planted in soil that has peat as one of their constituents, which can reject water when it is dry, succulents can still succumb to drought stress.

Succulents shrink when they are not watered frequently enough or are irrigated too lightly. Succulents require more frequent watering than other plants (every two weeks or so), so that water trickles from the bottom of the pot to keep the leaves from shriveling.

After a flood of rain, succulents retain moisture in their leaves and stems as a defense mechanism against droughts in their native harsh, arid habitats.

The succulent’s leaves should appear thick and robust when it is properly watered.

The succulent pulls from and depletes the moisture stores in the leaves and stems, causing the leaves to look thinner and the surface to shrivel as a result. This can happen if the succulent is not watered frequently enough or too lightly.

Because the moisture reserves serve as the plant’s structural support, the leaves and stems can also droop as a result of drought stress.

It is important to remember that some potting soils, especially those that contain peat moss, repel watering when they become dry. As a result, water runs off the soil’s surface and down the side of the pot rather than penetrating the soil and reaching the roots, leading to the symptoms of drought stress, including shriveled leaves.

Fortunately, saving succulents that are under stress from drought is far easier than saving succulents that are overwatered.

What is killing my indoor succulent plants?

They are receiving too much water from you. Succulents don’t require as much water as standard houseplants. They can survive on less water and prefer well-drained soil because they are a sort of cactus. To the touch, the soil should feel cold and damp but never soggy or watered down, and it should never feel muddy. For optimal results, you might want to sprinkle the ground rather than feeding it directly. There can be a concern if the soil is consistently damp.

Underwatering can also damage your succulents, just like overwatering can. To maintain the moisture level at the proper level for your plant, do some research on its water requirements and create a watering schedule.