Even if you give your succulent excellent care, it may still not be developing at all, which can be very upsetting. We will cover the causes of your succulent’s failure to grow in this post along with advice on how to encourage and increase growth in succulents.
Succulents are slow-growing plants, which is the main cause of your succulent’s lack of growth. Other causes include the dormant period, excessive or insufficient irrigation, pests, a lack of soil nutrients, and rotting roots.
How can I encourage the roots of my succulents to form?
Succulents’ shallow roots indicate inadequate watering when they are not deeply rooted in the ground. Although these plants don’t need to be watered frequently, you still need to make sure the soil doesn’t get too dry. Furthermore, excessive watering might cause the roots to rot. To make the roots healthy, water them three times every week.
Additionally, when you water your succulents, be sure to properly saturate the soil; nevertheless, you must plant them in soil that drains well. It makes it possible for extra water to immediately drain out, reducing soil ponding.
Remember that it takes the plants a few weeks to develop new roots when it comes to growing your succulents.
How much time does a succulent require to grow?
Your plants may take three days to a few weeks to start growing, depending on the kind of succulent, the temperature, and the amount of sunlight. It’s crucial to complete your study before purchasing your seeds in order to estimate the length of time it will take for them to germinate (some may even take several months to a year). Remove the lid during the day to keep the leaves ventilated after you notice that they are starting to emerge.
As your plants develop throughout the first week or two, keep the soil moist and make sure there is enough drainage. Keep them hydrated because at this point their roots are just starting to form. It’s not necessary to always keep the soil top damp once the roots are developed. When you’re ready to water your plants as you would adult plants, observe their growth and apply your best judgment (along with any research you’ve done about your succulents).
Additionally, now is the ideal time to expose your succulents to additional sunlight. Despite being desert plants, succulents and cacti don’t require intense heat or sunlight to survive. Baby plants should not be exposed to direct sunshine until their leaves have fully developed. After then, gradually increase their exposure to light. Once you’ve gotten them to tolerate the level of light in the location where you intend to keep them permanently, gradually increase the light by about an hour every few days. Again, depending on the type of plant, different lighting conditions will be optimal.
How can a suffering succulent be helped?
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.
Do succulents need to be in the sun directly?
Succulents generally require at least 4-6 hours of sunshine each day to thrive. They enjoy being in places that are sunny and bright. Lack of sunshine will cause difficulties in succulents such elongation or etiolation, when the plants extend for more light. Weak stems and low growth are the results of this procedure. Lack of light causes succulents to lose their bright coloring and turn pale or back to a drab green tone. Plants that receive enough sunshine will display their whole spectrum of brilliant hues, showing their genuine beauty.
Why aren’t my germinations growing?
Both a high air porosity and strong water holding capacity are necessary in a suitable growing medium. Numerous growing medium types can be used, but misting and fogging must be modified to work with the growing medium chosen. Misting or fogging too frequently or excessively keeps the growing media moist, causing extra water to run off the bottom of the trays and delaying roots. Applying mist or fog too seldom will cause cuttings to lose their turgidity and possibly perish from drying out as a result of increased leaf transpiration.
Peat should be present in the growing medium to help it retain water, and material like perlite or vermiculite should be added to boost air porosity. To further increase air porosity and prevent compaction, Premier Tech has created solutions like PRO-MIX FPX BIO-FUNGICIDE, which is mixed with fine Canadian Sphagnum peat moss, fine perlite, or fine vermiculite. Wetting agent, limestone, a beginning fertilizer charge, and BIO-FUNGICIDE are all included in PRO-MIX FPX BIO-FUNGICIDE to help prevent the occurrence of certain root diseases like Fusarium, Pythium, and Rhizoctonia.
Get To Know Your Succulents
Because some succulents, like Echeveria Vincent Catto, Sinocrassula Yunnannensis, or Echeveria Derenbergii, are inherently small and slow-growing, it is best to know what kind of succulents you are trying to grow bigger.
Search Google for the maximum size and growing advice for your succulent if you know its name. If you post a photo to one of the succulent-lovers’ facebook groups, they can identify your succulent if you don’t know its name.
To find a group on Facebook or Google and choose the one that looks appealing. There are some groups that can be excessively vast, and you might not always get a response because your message might get lost in the sea of thousands of other individuals trying to submit their queries. Sometimes working in smaller groups may be preferable.
If you don’t know the name of your succulent and don’t want to bother with Facebook, try searching Google for information about your plant’s qualities (blue succulent with pink edges or red spreading succulent etc.) Then, you can try to locate your plant by going to the image portion of the search.
Plant succulents in the garden
Succulent cuttings are one of our best-selling items at our online store. We have huge succulent gardens and beds since here is where succulents grow the best, quickest, and biggest. This allows us to grow enough to meet demand.
The majority of succulents are not frost hardy and would perish if planted in the ground in various regions of the world where winters are cold with frequent frosts. But don’t worry—we also have a remedy for you unfortunate residents of chilly climates.
However, in temperate conditions, succulents will make the most of the room they have when planted in the ground and will develop into magnificent, large plants.
Succulents can rot if planted in the area of the garden where water collects after heavy rains, therefore water needs to drain away successfully for them to grow in the ground.
Succulents that prefer the sun should be planted there, while those that prefer the shade should be planted behind trees or in the shade.
Although we do advise adding high-quality potting mix for additional drainage and nutrients, the majority of succulents will grow big and healthy even in poorer soil when planted in the ground.
Upgrade the pot regularly
Larger succulents will grow if there is more room for their roots. Although, as was already noted, certain species of succulents are naturally small and slow-growing, there isn’t much that can be done to encourage them to grow larger.
Most of our succulent plants are propagated through cuttings that are placed in little pots or propagation trays. We transplant the plant to a pot that is twice or three times the size of the root ball once the pot is full with roots.
They will do better in nice, fresh potting mix every time they are repotted, and we also get to observe how the roots are doing and check for pests on roots (mealy bugs, grubs, etc.) every time we repotted a plant, which is why we don’t place them in the biggest pot available at the beginning.
Since potting soil can degrade over time and harbor pests and fungus, it is recommended to gradually transition succulents to larger pots if you want them to grow big and healthy.
Succulents will technically continue to grow in a small pot after they have hit their limit and become root-bound, but they will do so extremely slowly.
On the bright side, if you choose the proper succulent for the job, you may achieve better color and a plumper form because many succulents may become “bonsai” if kept in small pots for an extended period of time; however, this is a subject for a completely separate post.
Which succulent is the most difficult to grow?
These are typically the most beautiful succulents available on the market. Despite the fact that we do have several, we don’t have any nice ones, nor would we want to.
Although Compton Carousels and Silver Prince are two of the most exquisite succulents, they are also some of the most challenging to maintain.
A beginner succulent grower combined with a price tag of $20 to $60 for a 2-inch or 4-inch succulent is a recipe for catastrophe. You would be better off literally burning your money.
Customers should be aware that not all hybrid succulents require complicated maintenance. However, some people are VERY sensitive to heat, light, and water.
We discover that not all hybrid succulents are low-maintenance, carefree plants as a result of cross-breeding.
But before purchasing one of these pricey beauties, be sure you understand what you’re getting into. The Compton Carousel appears to thrive in greenhouses. Possess you a greenhouse?
Before adding them into your home or garden collection, it’s crucial to know what temperatures they require, how much sun, how little sun, whether it needs to be filtered, indirect, or in glaring shade, among other things.
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 a leaf turn into a succulent?
In the spring and summer, when leaves and stems are ready for active growth, it is simplest to propagate succulent leaves and cuttings. Most common succulents can be multiplied successfully from individual leaves or stem fragments.
- For succulents with fleshy leaves, like jade plants or echeveria and sempervivum rosettes, leaf propagation works well. The leaf must remain intact for the root to take. To loosen the leaf, gently bounce it back and forth while holding it between your forefinger and thumb. After that, carefully separate the leaf from the parent plant, keeping the base in tact.
- Succulents with distinct stems, including stacked crassulas and spreading or erect sedums, respond well to stem cuttings. Cutting succulents is analogous to propagating soft-stemmed plants. To cut stem tips, use a sharp knife, or take an entire stem to make many starts. Each cutting should be 2 to 3 inches long and have multiple leaves. Only the top two leaves should be kept.
Succulents are able to regenerate leaves.
If you have a succulent with leaves that are damaged, starting to fall off, or have dried out entirely at the bottom, you might wonder if you should wait for the leaves to fall off or if you should pick them off yourself to improve the plant’s appearance in the short term.
I’ll get right to the point by saying that unlike other plants, succulents don’t have leaves that can regrow.
New leaves won’t sprout in their place if you opt to remove damaged leaves from the bottom of the plant, such as those that were nibbled on by snails.
In contrast to other plants, succulents only produce new leaves from their heads.
The plant may not always have a “bald patch” where the leaves have fallen off, despite the fact that succulents won’t grow new leaves at the base or in the centre of the plant where they have been removed or fell off.
Succulents occasionally develop offshoots, or second heads, on the portion of the stem where the leaves have fallen.
Other times, the bottom of the plant starts to fill up, looking more full and less bald than it did before while the plant continues to sprout new leaves from the top.
If your plant is otherwise healthy, there is another quick, easy, and simple approach to make a succulent seem better aesthetically right away (not over- or under-watered, not sunburned, and not battling pests or diseases).
Give your succulent a straight cut with a knife or pruning scissors just underneath the section you think is still quite attractive. Place the head that is left in dry soil. Wait two weeks. Then, resume watering your plant as you normally would. If your healthy plant develops a bald spot that hasn’t grown back in to your liking or if you don’t want to bother taking the time to see if the bald patch fills in on its own over time.
The new, attractive portion will start to develop new roots, and in the interim, you’ll have a lovely-looking plant.
A succulent cutting will grow at its normal rate and expand in size once it has formed a new root system.
As a result, you should avoid cutting off the top of your succulent plant if you want it to develop as soon as possible. Instead, you should wait to see if the new leaves eventually fill up the bald place left by the leaves falling or being plucked off.