How to water succulents without drowning them
Succulents are some of the toughest plants around. They are used to drought conditions since they are native to dry, arid environments. The surest way to send your plant to an early grave is by smothering it with too much love (water).
Succulents like to have their roots soaked and then have the soil dry out quickly. No misting or ice cubes here – the roots need a solid but infrequent drenching.
Since the soil needs to dry out quickly, however, here are a few important considerations:
– Your pot should have a good amount of drainage
– Your potting mix should be of large particle size with ventilation so it dries out quickly
How often should you water? No more than once a week! It may help to make a habit of watering your succulents on the same day every week. However, there are some considerations to keep in mind here as well:
– In a more humid environment, you may only need to water every other week or so
– Succulents with thicker leaves typically require less watering than those with thinner leaves
Every succulent is different and it’s worth reading a guide specific to each plant for watering tips. The hard and fast rule for watering succulents is to err on the side of underwatering rather than overwatering.