What most people are worried about when it comes to succulent plants like CAL Farms 36 of 2″ Beautiful Rosettes Succulents is the possibility of overwatering them. Since we are used to watering our garden plants on a regular basis (read that as daily), we might do the same to the succulents. The problem is that succulent plants are not water-hungry. They can go without water for days, but that does not mean that they can live without at least being watered a day or two each week.

Overwatering succulents can cause it to die prematurely. Dead leaves at the bottom of the succulents are fine and sometimes, even expected. What you should be worried about are dead leaves on the upper part of new growth. This signifies a problem in the maintenance of the plants and it is usually because the succulents have been overwatered or underwatered. Using the wrong soil can also cause a problem for your plants. The same goes for containers.

One of the tell-tale signs that your plants are overwatered is if the leaves are starting to turn a bit yellowish and transparent. They may also be soggy or mushy to the touch. An early sign of overwatering is when the leaves start to fall off with just a slight bump. However, once you noticed black spots on the leaves or the stem of the plants, that means that the problem is severe and it may be difficult to save the succulent.

Before deciding which succulent plants to grow, you must first study what their needs are in terms of watering and sunlight. This will help you decide on which fits your lifestyle. Some succulents are more sensitive to overwatering than other breeds.

The Echeverias, for example, is one of the most sensitive succulents plants to overwatering. After two or three days with too much water, these beautiful plants may rot and die almost immediately.

Saving a Withering Succulent

To avoid overwatering your plants, you must have a well-draining soil and you must make sure that the soil is completely dry before watering the plants again. Most succulents can go three days to a week without getting water. So, when in doubt, it is best to just wait and test if the soil is completely dry.

As soon as you notice the signs that your plants have been overwatered, what you should do is to immediately cut back on your watering schedule. You should also check your soil mixture because you may need to change it. But if you’re seeing black spots on the leaves and the stems, you would have to perform a little surgery on the plants.

To remove the black spots, cut off the top of the plant and trim away any black spots. Give the plant three to five days to dry out and plant it again in a new soil. The original plant may not survive the overwatering, but there’s a good chance that you could propagate a new plant from the old one. This time, make sure to water it just right.

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Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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