How Often Should Succulents Be Watered?

Succulents are one of the world’s most popular plants. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

They’re easy to care for, drought-resistant, and low maintenance. But how often should succulents be watered?

Many people don’t know. So, let’s fix that today in this article.

What is a succulent and how do you care for it

Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves, stems, and roots. They do not need to be watered as often as other types of plants because they take longer to dry out.

The key is to know how much water your succulent needs so you don’t over or under-water it.

Watering frequency for a succulent depends on the type of plant, its size, and location. Generally speaking, a small succulent can go two weeks without water while a large one might require more frequent watering.

If possible, avoid letting the soil dry out completely between watering sessions by using a pot with drainage holes or standing the pot in gravel or pebbles which will allow excess water to drain off quickly from the bottom.

How often should you water your succulents?

Succulents are known for their ability to retain water. However, there is a sweet spot where the plant will be too wet and rot. There’s also a point when it’s not wet enough and the succulent will wither away.

The best time to water your succulents is about once every 2-4 weeks (depending on how hot it gets in your house) with 1 cup of water at a time until the soil feels moistened.

Make sure you don’t overwater them because this can cause root rot as well as make the plant soggy which could lead to other issues such as fungal growth or sunburn from too much moisture around the leaves.

If you notice that your plants have been sitting in dry soil for too long, then you may need to water them more often than usual.

You can tell that your succulents are watered enough when the soil starts to get slightly dry on top before watering again.

How Often Should Succulents Be Watered

When should you water your succulents?

There are many ways to tell if your succulents need water, one of which is weight.

Succulent leaves will lose their firmness and start drooping when they are under-watered, so you can lift the pot to see if it feels heavy.

Another way is to look at the soil, if it’s dry an inch below the surface, it’s time for watering.

Succulents don’t like wet feet, so avoid giving them too much water at once. Instead, water them slowly and evenly until the soil is moist but not wet.

Overwatering is the most common cause of succulent death, so be careful.

The amount of water to give them usually

depends on the climate and temperature where they’re growing.

If you’re living in a hot, dry area such as the South-Western United States, your succulents will need more water than those that grow in temperate climates such as England.

When it comes to how much water, aim for 1/4 of soil soaked each week. If you overwater, just let the soil dry out until it’s not soggy and give them enough water to soak at least half of the pot again.

Ways to tell if your succulents need watering :

  • Weight: succulent leaves lose firmness and droop when they are under-watered.
  • Soil: if the soil is dry an inch below the surface, it’s time for watering.
  • Appearance: succulents don’t like wet feet, so avoid giving them too much water at once. Water them slowly and evenly until the soil is moist but not wet.
  • Climate: The amount of water to give succulents usually depends on the climate and temperature where they’re growing. If you live in a hot, dry area, your succulents will need more water than those that grow in temperate climates.

Final thoughts on how often to water succulents

The key to watering succulents is knowing how much water they need, and when.

If you’re not sure whether your plants are getting enough water or if the soil has dried out completely, look for these signs: drooping leaves, less weight, dry appearance of the plant (especially at the roots), and little-to-no moisture near the surface of the potting mix.

If any of these signs apply to your succulent situation then it may be time for a quick drink.

I hope that this article was helpful and you now know how often to water succulents.

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