Can overwatering kill succulents?
Learn how often to water succulents

If you are a beginner and don't know how often to water succulents. Their watering schedule depends upon the climate, humidity level, and succulents species themselves.

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April 01, 2021

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Succulents with their colorful attributes enhance your surrounding beauty. BUT, are you a succulent owner and worried about its watering schedule? Are your succulents getting down and wilting day by day, and the worst part that you don’t know how often to water and care for them? The fact is due to their water storing property they don’t need enough water. So how often you should water them? Well! You don’t need to worry anymore. Following the steps that I am going to mention in this article will save your succulents for sure.

watering succlents

Succulents are not the same as other plants in your garden that you water them often. Knowing your succulents water needs is essential because overwatering can kill your succulents. When I was a noob, I made stupid mistakes by watering my succulents often without any schedule and end-up killing some of my succulents. You should learn from my experience if you want to keep your succulents alive and thrive. As a matter of fact, you must have proper watering knowledge about your succulents to keep them thriving.

Succulents watering schedule doesn’t remain the same throughout the year. It depends upon climate conditions, humidity levels, and the succulents species themselves. Succulents often need water on a weekly basis, like once or twice a week, and sometimes expand to every two weeks during high humidity levels.

Before you end-up making your succulent watering schedule, there are some factors and indications that you must need to know.

Do succulents show symptoms of dehydration?

Can you imagine having superpowers so you can identify which of your succulents need water? Isn’t that cool? Or you have the ability to understand your succulents language, so you know succulents watering demands. If that’s a possibility, then not even your single succulent would die.

Regularly checking your succulents can save them. As they have water-storing properties, but they are often thirsty, so it is necessary to keep an eye on their needs. Besides this, succulents do show some symptoms of dehydration that i am going to tell you and if you notice them timely, you should water them.

1. Shriveled leaves

Like every other plant, succulents leaves began to wrinkle when they are dehydrated. The brownish color starts to appear on the top of the leaves, and that’s the sign you should water your succulent immediately.

leaves become shriveled due to underwatering

2. Dried Soil

Although it doesn’t matter in other plants, that you water them when their soil gets dry or wet. But for succulents, completely dried soil is the sign that you should water your succulent. The soil ground must be thoroughly dried when you water them. Selecting the perfect soil for your succulent can change its watering schedule.

the soil has dried due to underwatering


Finger moisture test

If you don't know whether the soil is entirely dried-up to the bottom. You can check the moisture by putting your finger deep inside the soil.

To better check the soil moisture level of your succulent, this amazing product will definitely helps you a lot.

3-in-1 Soil Moisture Tester, Sunlight tester & PH Tester

This 3 in 1 function meter will help you to check soil moisture, sunlight, and soil PH, so you better care for your succulents.

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3. Ariel roots

When succulents get dehydrated, small ariel-like Antena originates from their stem and sometimes from roots outside the soil to absorb moisture from the air. This is the worst-case scenario when your succulent is underwatered for a long time.

succulent has grown ariel roots


Do not overwater your succulent. An underwatered succulent can be saved, but overwatering can kill it.

Now let’s talk about climate conditions.

How climate change can affect succulent’s watering schedule?

Like many other plants, most succulents also grow and bloom in the spring season. Originating new leaves and stems as they need extra energy to grow well. Their watering requirement increases in that period, and you need to water them quite often, like twice or thrice a week. Like indoor and outdoor plants, outdoor plants need an extra amount of water due to exposure to sunlight.

Different genera of succulents vary in their interaction with climate changes. So you need to know about the genera of your succulents to understand their watering requirements better. Some succulents grow indoor with lower watering needs as they are sensitive to heat, while some require partial shade.

Climate change effect succultents

An experiment conducted on some succulents species shows that by increasing the watering intensity, some succulent’s mortality rate increased while others have no effect. Same for shade, succulents are more grown on Partial shade as compared to be fully indoor.

Succulents placed at partial shade

Succulent Pots:

Do you know succulents pots can increase or decrease your succulent water requirements? Well, at first, you think how’s that possible?

Let me tell you. If your pot is big in size and contains excessive soil, it will most likely increase the time duration for watering your succulent. The reason behind this is, your succulent can absorb more water for an extended period from the soil and thus helping its better growth.

succulents grown in different pots

Selecting the right pot is a crucial factor for healthy succulents growth respective to their watering schedule. It would be best if you chose the pot compatible with your succulent size. An analysis made from 65 Studies has proven that big pots helps in better growth of succulents. A succulent converted to a big pot compatible with its size increased almost 50% of its growth.

How often to water succulents?

Now keeping in mind all the factors, you need to set your succulent watering schedule as it’s not quite same throughout the year. In the spring season, when your succulent is growing and originating new leaves, you need to water twice or thrice a week. On the other hand, in the winter season, when their growth almost stops, you need to water your succulent once or twice during the entire season.

If you’re not a pro, you can check whether the soil is entirely dried up-to the bottom every time before watering. It’s better to keep an eye on your succulents to notice the early symptoms of dehydration to water them immediately. So repeat the process of watering your succulent when the soil is dried.

If you are a beginner and worried about how to care for your succulents. This beginner’s guide book will surely help you know all about your succulents and maintain them the right way.

A Beginner's Guide to Succulents Gardening

If you a beginner, then this guide book has all the information you need to know about succulents gardening

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Watering succulents isn’t that hectic task but at the right time. For that, You just have to identify your succulents needs to know often to water them depending on Climate change and species. Healthy succulents not just enhance your surrounding beauty but also gives you lots of benefits.

If you liked this article, you probably would love our other articles on succulents caring, succulents growing tips, and benefits that you can get from succulents.

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!



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