Overwatering and poorly draining soils are the main causes of succulent deaths. Succulents need the soil to dry out between waterings because they are drought-tolerant plants. Succulents get root rot in wet soil, which turns their leaves brown, black, or yellow and gives them a withering appearance.
While overwatering is the most frequent cause of dying succulents, there are several other potential causes as well:
Succulent plants typically die back when they are kept in environments that are drastically different from their native habitat.
Replicating some of the minimal rainfall, full or partial sun exposure, and stony, well-draining soil conditions will help revive dying succulents.
How can a dying succulent be revived?
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 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.
Why do my succulents constantly dying?
Similar to humans, succulents require more energy during times of growth. The plants use significantly more water in the spring and summer when they are prospering than in the fall and winter when they are dormant. Langton and Ray advise using a finger to test the soil. Get your watering can when the top 1.25 inches of soil are dry. Be careful not to overwater your succulent; instead, wait until the soil has dried up in between waterings.
Can you revive succulents that are already dead?
No, in all sincerity. You cannot resurrect a succulent that has already passed away. However, it is possible to save a dying plant. Your plant may still be saveable as long as it is displaying signs of vitality. However, you should anticipate that the process will be difficult. Similar to humans, plants will be more difficult to resuscitate the closer they are to passing away.
Have you ever questioned your ability to revive a succulent in trouble? There are two things you need to decide before we proceed with the processes.
What Type of Succulents Do You Own?
Is it a desert or tropical succulent? You can identify the source of the issue by being familiar with your succulent and its particular requirements. It might also assist you in later deciding on the most effective revival strategies.
What’s the Cause of the Issue?
That’s the next thing you need to determine, the root reason. If you ever want to stop what is happening to your plant, fix it, and more importantly, prevent it from happening again in the future, you must have a thorough understanding of the problem.
The Most Common Causes of Succulent Death
Overwatering, excessive sunlight, neglect, abrupt temperature and weather changes, pests and illnesses, and neglect are typically the five main causes of succulent death. Let’s discuss each one in order to determine why your succulents are dying.
Overwatering is the most frequent reason for succulent deaths. Succulents require less water than other plants because, as was already established, they can withstand drought. Disease and root rot can result from overwatering your succulent.
Too Much Sun
They are drought-tolerant, but that doesn’t imply they enjoy to burn in the sun. Your succulents’ leaves may become scorched and even die if you expose them to too much sunshine.
Despite being robust and low-maintenance, your succulent plant still needs attention. Even the most hardy plants will perish if they are not given what they require.
Weather and Temperature Changes
Succulents dislike being left outside in the winter to freeze in addition to the potential harm that the summer sun’s heat can bring.
Saving Your Succulents
You can now proceed to the following phase, which is resolution, after determining the problem. What you may do to revive your wilting succulents is as follows:
- Consider repotting your succulent into a more well-draining medium and container if it is dying from overwatering.
- If your plant has sunburn, move it to a location where it can get bright but indirect light. Another effective way to safeguard a succulent from the winter cold is to relocate it.
- Other than giving your succulents better care, there is no cure for neglect. Giving your plants a good soak will help them recover, for instance, if you feel they are too thirsty and dry.
You can accomplish this by putting the plant’s pot in a larger container filled with a few inches of water. As soon as you notice the dirt beginning to get moist, let your succulents sit there for a time. To avoid drowning your plant, don’t soak it for an extended period of time.
- Finally, you may protect your succulents against pests and diseases by using a variety of treatments and organic formulas (some of which you can even make yourself).
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!
How frequently do succulents need to be watered?
During the months that are not winter, when the temperature is above 40 degrees, you should water your succulents every other week. You should only water your succulent once a month in the winter (when the temperature falls below 40 degrees), as it goes dormant at this period.
A few situations constitute an exception to this rule. Because their tiny leaves can’t hold as much water as other varieties with larger leaves, some varieties of succulents need to be watered more frequently. In the non-winter months, feel free to give these small leaf succulents a water if they appear to be thirsty. When they are thirsty, succulents generally exhibit a wrinkled appearance. But always keep in mind that being underwater is preferable to being overwater.
Can succulents endure direct sunlight?
Due to their drought tolerance and water-storing properties, which enable them to tolerate high heat and very harsh sun exposure, succulents have become well-known. This is true for the majority of succulent plants, however some cannot survive direct sunlight without protection, and if exposed to excessive heat, they may suffer sun damage.
The best 10 succulents and cacti that will thrive in full sun are listed below. Some of these plants can withstand full sun exposure better than others.
How can overwatered succulents be fixed?
Step 1: Soak the plant in water completely and thoroughly (ensuring that the water will get to its roots).
Step 2: After giving the soil time to fully absorb the water, add more water. Continue doing this until water begins draining from the drainage hole in the pot.
Step 3: Be careful to let all the water drain out to avoid having them sit in moist soil.
After you’re finished, your succulent ought to appear and feel firm once more in only a few days. After about 3 to 4 days, if it still feels rubbery and wrinkled, just repeat steps 1 through 3 until they look and appear firm again. Then, you may continue your usual watering schedule.
In addition to the steps outlined above, you may want to think about utilizing the Water Therapy approach to aid your succulents in recovering from stress or damage, particularly if they are extremely dehydrated.
Why are succulents so difficult to maintain?
Succulents may not need much attention, but they do need a few essentials to survive:
- 1. Provide plenty sunlight. Succulents require adequate light—at least six hours each day of direct sunlight. Maintaining succulents outside can be quite simple. However, if you have a succulent indoors, you must keep it in direct sunlight near a window. A plant that is slanting toward the light is not receiving enough sunlight, yet a plant with burnt areas on its leaves is receiving too much direct sunshine.
- 2. Use proper water. Depending on the season, succulents might have different water needs. Succulents should be irrigated if their soil dries completely during the growing season, but excess water should be avoided. When a succulent’s roots have time to dry out in between waterings, its lifespan is increased. In the chilly winter months, succulent plants go dormant and require less water. Only water your succulent as often as necessary because overwatering the soil is one of the main reasons of most development problems.
- 3. Use the proper soil and pot combination. The appropriate container and potting soil can make all the difference, whether you’re growing your own succulents or purchasing one from a nursery. Your succulent planter needs to include a drainage hole if it is going to be an outdoor succulent. Proper drainage allows moisture to escape, allowing the soil and root systems to dry and prevent rot. Use well-draining soil instead of standard dirt if you have an indoor succulent. It is coarser than regular soil, enabling more air to pass through and encouraging evaporation rather than requiring to be drained. To increase aeration, perlite and pumice can be added to some potting mixtures.
- 4.Remember to fertilize. The periodic fertilizing is beneficial for even low maintenance desert plants. To give your succulents a boost, use a diluted, water-soluble all-purpose fertilizer a couple times a year. Although it’s not entirely required, if you notice that your soil needs some help, add a little fertilizer.
- 5. Examine your plant life. Pest hazards are more likely to affect a succulent indoors than outside. Make sure your plants are periodically checked for gnats or mealy pests. These insects are a sign that your plants are receiving too much water or fertilizer. Mealy bugs can lay hundreds of eggs and consume the plant juices that serve as their host, gradually harming your plant. Rubbish alcohol can be sprayed on your succulent’s leaves or soil to effectively kill mealy bugs and their eggs. Check the leaves and soil of the succulent before bringing it home from the nursery to make sure no bugs are present.
Why are my succulents losing health and shriveling up?
Because they are either overwatered or underwatered, succulent leaves shrink. Between waterings, succulents require the soil to completely dry out. The stress makes the leaves shrivel, turn yellow, and become mushy if the soil is wet. Succulents that are underwatered shrink and turn brown.
How can I tell if a succulent is about to die?
A succulent should be simple to care for. But there are a few things to know in order to maintain it healthy. How can you tell whether your succulent is prospering or dying, first?
Generally speaking, the following are typical signs that a succulent is perishing:
- The roots are rotting if the leaves are brown and mushy.
- Pale, yellow leaves are a sign of illness or rot that has spread.
- Dehydrated, wrinkled leaves indicate that the roots are drying up.
- Rot or infection was indicated by brown roots.
These are a few warning indications that your succulent may not be prospering. If you have one or more succulents and are worried that your plant is dying, continue reading to learn how to identify when your plant needs care.
Why do the leaves of my succulents come off when I touch them?
Although succulents are hardy plants that tolerate a lot of sunlight, heat waves can harm them if they are housed in dark-colored containers. Since most succulent plant leaves remain on the plant and only fall off when touched, this is typically not a problem. The stress brought on by heat and drought causes the leaves to fall off naturally.
If your plants experience this, you should move them to a location with reduced light exposure. As an alternative, you might think about covering them with a shade cloth to lessen the amount of exposure to the sun there.