Caring for Succulents: How Often Should You Water Them?

Dated: 06/11/2020

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If you're looking for a low-maintenance plant look no further than succulents. These fleshy plants store water to survive in dry climates. The water is usually deposited in their leaves, which gives them their trademark engorged appearance. Some succulents store water in their stems, while others are geophytes—plants that have underground organs that hold food and nutrients.

How Do You Water Succulents?

A good technique for watering your succulents is to place your planter on a saucer containing a shallow level of water and allow the water to be absorbed into the soil. After the water has been soaked up (some may remain) remove the planter.

Another method is to water your plants using a spray bottle, which is especially effective if your planter doesn't have a drainage hole. Mist the leaves and spray the top layer of soil around the base of your plants. This will give the roots a chance to absorb water as well.

How Often Should You Water Succulents?

Since succulents are drought-tolerant plants how often do you need to water them? Water requirements for succulents, and for every plant, can change by the season and by the week. For instance, during the winter months, plants won't need to be watered as often as they would in the summer because most go dormant throughout the winter. Similarly, in the summer months, periods of hot, sunny weather will cause your plants to require more water than during stretches of cloudy days.

That said, always follow this cardinal rule for watering succulents: only water your plants when the soil is absolutely, completely dry. This means you allow it to totally dry out between each watering. If the soil isn't dusty dry then don't water your plant. The roots of your succulent will rot if you keep the soil moist all of the time.

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