Known as a sample of enduring and timeless love, succulents are treasured plants and are often given as gifts. Depending on the environment you keep them in, succulents can either be very easy or very challenging houseplants.
There are three main factors that affect succulent survival: water, light, and temperature. Once you achieve good conditions and watering schedule, it will be easy for your succulents to thrive and for you to propagate more of them.
If you are seeing dried out leaves that appear to be dying, it’s possible that your plant is simply shedding leaves at the bottom of the plant. This is a normal part of succulent growth. If new, healthy leaves are growing, and you only see dry leaves at the bottom of the plant, your succulent is likely fine. The most common cause of succulent is over-watering or under-watering.
Help for over-watered succulents
The symptoms of over watered plants and over-watered succulents can be similar. The plant itself can feel mushy, with rotting roots and cell walls ruptured. Soft black spots on the plant leaves is the most common symptom of over-watering, but can be caused by sunburn or bugs. Unlike other plants that do well in a wet environment, such as bamboo or orchids, succulents are drought resistant and well-adapted to dry environments.
If you have a succulent with black spots and suspect overwatering, it may be too late, and you may lose the plant. However, you can try to save it by repotting it in dry soil and removing the leaves with spots on them. Do not water the plant again until the soil is completely dry.
Here is a picture of a Succulent that is suffering from being over-watered and is now going through the process of letting it dry out.
Help for under-watered succulents
Over-watering is a far more common mistake than under-watering. Some succulents, such as the fuzzy “cocoon plant” (Senecio haworthii) and “elephant bush” (Portulacaria afra) like to be watered more frequently than other plants. If you do make the mistake of under-watering your succulent, it’s easier to revive than an over-watered succulent. Just give it a good watering and soak the soil well and it should perk up.
Help for light deprived or sun-burnt succulents
Succulents can withstand long hours in the sun and go several days or even a week without water. They can thrive in many environments indoors and outdoors, but generally, need some light and will not thrive in a windowless office or bathroom. Certain succulents adapt to lower levels of light, such as “donkey tail” (Sedum morganianum) and “snake plant” (sansevieria trifasciata). If your succulent becomes sunburnt from direct afternoon sun, consider adding a shade cloth to protect your plants.
General succulent success tips:
● Use well-draining cactus or succulent soil and plant succulents in pots with a drain hole.
● Choose a succulent best suited for your environment (bed, hanging planter, rock garden, indoors).
● Use a succulent fertilizer, like Suppleplant Succulent Love
● Avoid frost and move your succulents indoors when a cold snap is expected.
The same plant 4 weeks later on the left and 8 weeks later on the right, with lots of patience and Succulent Love:
With a little practice and patience, and not too much water, you’ll soon be enjoying the wonderful world of succulents. Check out more information about Suppleplant and how Succulent Love can help save your houseplants at www.shop.nxbrands.com.