Is Your Overwatered Succulent Dying?
Know Some Competitive Tips Here to Heal and Cheer

Are you observing changes in your succulent? If it’s rotten, know How to Save an Overwatered Succulent Plant and save it from dying eventually.

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April 12, 2021

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Succulents can add beauty to any nook of your home, either windowsill or the balcony. Though it’s rare with succulents, you may notice some color and texture changes, and that may be due to the overwatering.

A bunch of succulents

Being a succulent lover for over the years, I’ve handled many conditions in my succulents as well. So, you may find these insights helpful if you think your succulent is unhealthy. Luckily, you can save your baby plant by knowing Anatomy of Succulents, and I’ll help you with my experience. Here’s what you can do!

Identify the main damages to the succulent due to overwatering which mainly include the leaf, stem, and root rotting. Then remove the discolored squishy leaves, cut out or amputate the stem with dark patches, or squeeze out the water from the roots and let it dry for some days to save the rest.

Identifying an Overwatered Succulent

Succulents are not only beautiful but also exceptionally healthy for humans. Let’s figure out whether your succulent has been overwatered or your succulent is limp due to under watering or any other reason?

If you notice the mentioned below symptoms, it means that your succelent is unfortunately overwaterd:

  • Leaves feel soft and mushy
  • Leaves look sick in appearance
  • Leaves fall off even by a gentle touch
  • The plant looks very ill in appearance
  • Discoloration of stem - black or brown spots
  • Discoloration of leaves - light or translucent leaves

What are the Different Types of Rotting?

Dig out and observe your plant. Generally, your baby succulent can face three types of rotting due to overwatering, and if you get to know the solution of each rotting kind, you can efficiently cure it.

  1. Leaf Rotting occurs in the leaves or petals of Succulent.
  2. Stem Rooting occurs in patterns on the stem.
  3. Root Rotting affects the roots of the plant.

1. How to Treat Leaf Rotting?

If you find signs of leaf rot, remove the squishy leaves at the very moment. Observe the stem or roots for any damage; if found, simply amputate that rotten portion and salvage the remaining plant.

leaf rotting in succulent plant

Leaf rotting is a result of excessive water intake by succulents that make them prone to fungal infections. The leaves show discoloration with a squishy texture. Discoloration then turns the leaves black as it starts to rot from the inside, indicating that the plant has caught a fungal disease.

Pro Tip

Soil bowl

If you get some healthy leaves shredded out due to salvage, you can put them in the soil bowl with wet topsoil, and you’ll notice new roots within weeks. A happy addition to the succulent family!

2. How to Treat Stem Rotting?

If the rotting isn’t any severe, you can separate this specific section. Observe the separated area; if there’s any rotting inside, you may need to obliterate it. The cut can be callused over within days. Once it’s done, you can plant the succulent in a comparatively dry soil following restrictive watering.

stem rotting in succulent plant

Remember that if you notice some type of black spots over the stem and notice some kind of coloration occurring from inside the stem, it’s a stem rotting sign. The stem connects leaves with the roots, and thus, you need to be careful.

No Worries

Saving the rest

Even if your succulent is gone too far, you can always salvage the leaves to save the rest.

3. How Treat Root Rotting?

If Root Rotting hasn’t gone too far, you can save the baby by digging it out and squeezing excess water and, if necessary, by cutting down the roots. You can then leave the succulent to be dried up for at least two days. Change the pot and soil and keep it aside for several days before putting it in another pot.

root rotting is seen in a succulent plant

Root rotting can badly damage the plant. You can spot root rotting with the root loss and a significant destroyed segment. The leaves may shrivel up due to water intake restriction and may look underwatered, but actually, they are overwatered.

Let us summarize How to Diagnose and Treat three different types of Rotting in Succulent plants.

Rotting Type Diagnosis Treatment
Leaf Rotting Discolored, translucent, and squishy leaves Remove the squishy leaves
Stem Rotting Black spots or coloration on the stem Cut out the rotten part. It will be callused over time
Root Rotting Shredded or swollen roots Squeeze out the water or cut the rotten part

Most of the succulents like Aloe Vera help mosquito bites and make a great choice as room plants.

How to Prevent Overwatering?

healthy, and colorful succulent plants

Prevention is always better than cure. Here’re the steps that you can take to avoid over-watering in your lovely—little succulent.

1. Opt for a Pot with friendly Drainage

Pots for healthy succulents

A pot that supports good drainage through the hole in the bottom aids healthy plants. That’s why it’s always better to use terracotta or clay pots instead of plastic ones. Regardless of the pot choice, make sure to witness dry soil before the next watering.

No Worries

Succulent can survive

Your succulent can survive repotting after being dug up, which makes it easier to deal with overwatering.

You can also consider the best succulent pots from the market to allow your plant to grow healthy.

2. Succulent Mix Soil

soil mixes for healthy succulents

Soil is the food for succulents, and that’s why it’s essential to opt for soil that supports healthy succulent growth. It’s because average soil is more prone to retain moisture. You can create your kind of succulent soil by mixing average garden soil with perlite, coarse sand, and coir or peat moss.

If it troubles you, you can find The Perfect Soil For Your Succulent in the market. Find Out How to Choose One!

3. Set A Watering Schedule

watering the succulent plants

To avoid overwatering, set up a schedule of watering your succulents. Usually, watering once a week is good to go, but obviously, it depends on the weather conditions, too. You can keep a good check by tracking the soil’s moisture. If the ground feels moist, do not water.

If something still haunts you, you can read Cacti and Succulents Handbook to do your best for your baby plant.

Cacti and Succulents Handbook

Everything you need to know about cacti and succulents packed into one easy-to-use volume!

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4. Measure the Water Level

checking the moisture level of succulents

It’s crucial to feed controlled water amounts to your succulents as it helps to avoid overwatering. Consider using a large syringe, a spray bottle, or a measuring cup to keep a reasonable control.


Spraying the soil

Be careful with spray bottles as the clogged water between leaves or stems can stimulate rotting. To avoid this, spray the soil only.


Succulents are the most diminutive demanding plants and can survive without water for weeks; still, they may face rotting due to overwatering. You can propagate healthy succulents by tracking their water intake and needs. You can save an overwatered succulent plant by resolving its rotting parts either in stem, leaves, or roots. Just do not water unnecessarily, follow prevention tips, and your succulent will go along with you.

Read Can overwatering kill succulents? to learn how often you should water your succulents depending upon climate and plant’s needs.

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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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

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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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