HOW TO WATER SUCCULENT PLANTS
Have you ever wondered how much to water succulents? The information below will assist you how to properly water succulents to keep them looking great!
Watering succulents seems to be one of the trickiest parts of growing succulents.
Don’t worry if you first do not succeed, everyone has struggled with watering at some point. So, you’re not alone!
It is possible to kill succulents from both over watering and under watering. Once you have figured out the right system, though, you will be able to keep your succulents healthier and looking great!
With the tips and tricks here, you’ll be able to figure out the perfect watering schedule for your own plants.
You’ll be so thrilled with how great your succulents look! You’ll want to show off your amazing plants to everyone you know.
Before we explore different watering systems, it is important to note a couple common problems people run into when they first start growing succulents. If you can overcome these problems you’ll be way ahead of the game when it comes to preventing watering problems!
Problem #1 – Using a pot without a drainage hole
While succulents can survive in planters without drainage holes, it takes a lot more work to keep them happy. So, it is highly recommended to starting with a pot that has a good drainage hole.
Problem #2 – Poorly draining soil
A big part of successfully watering succulents is having the right soil. In fact, Succulents don’t like to sit in wet soil for very long, so having a really well-draining soil in a pot with a drainage hole is critical. Here in the USA & Canada we are quite fortunate to have lots of options for catus and succulent soil mixes.
Problem #3 – Using a spray bottle for watering
Succulents like to be soaked, not spritzed. Undoubtedly, you will probably hear online or from friends to use a spray bottle for watering their succulents. Don’t do it! There is only one time where it is recommended using a spray bottle for succulents.
The best option is to use a small watering can to water your succulents. One with a long spout so you can water in between your plants rather than on top of them. It holds just enough water to soak 2-3 pots indoors. If you plant your succulents outside, you might consider a larger watering can or just use a hose with a soft sprayer attachment. These tools all work really well for watering succulents.
How often and how much should I water the succulent plants I’m growing indoors?
The best practice for watering succulents is to completely soak the soil when you water. This tells the succulents to drink up because a drought is coming. They’ll absorb as much water as they can. Then the soil will take a couple days to dry out. Don’t water again until the soil is completely dry!
You can actually leave your plants in totally dry soil for a few days, especially if they are larger and have well-established roots. They’ll use that time of drought to put off new roots that are thick and healthy so they can absorb more water when the “flood” comes again.
A light spray does not promote healthy root growth for succulents. Instead of filling up their roots with water, they shoot off tiny, thin new roots to absorb as much water as they can quickly, hoping to get water again soon. They’ll survive for a while this way, but they’ll be healthier with a good soak every few days.
As a general rule, if you’re using the gritty mix, water your indoor plants every 3-4 days in a pot that has a drainage hole. However, this does not mean it’s the right watering schedule for every situation!
There might not be a lot of humidity inside your house. Your succulent plants might dry out quicker. Your location plays a big role in how much you have to water. If you live in a dry climate you’ll need to water more often. If it’s humid, less often.
You have to experiment and see what works for you. When dealing with full sized plants it’s good to err on the side of under watering since too much water tends to kill succulents more quickly than too little. Succulents need a short drought in order to encourage new roots to grow.
That said, if the roots aren’t getting enough water they’ll dry up and stop growing. If they are too wet they’ll rot and die. You really just have to experiment and see what sort of schedule seems to work.
When watering succulents outdoors, you’ll want to follow the same method of soaking the soil and letting it dry out completely before watering again. The amount you water your plants outdoors will also depend on your location and the humidity where you live.
The hotter it is the faster the soil will dry out, so you’ll need to water more often. The more humid it is, the less you’ll need to water. I generally water my plants every 2-3 days during the heat of the summer.
In the pacific northwest, where we are located, it is not recommended to leave plants outside during the winter as it gets too cold and they’ll freeze. If you live further south it is important to cut back to watering once a week and sometimes every other week, when it starts cooling off.
Also, keep in mind that succulents in the ground don’t have to be watered quite as often as succulents in pots because the soil stays cooler and doesn’t dry out as quickly.