What Gets Your Succulent Plants Sick?

Succulent plants are very beneficial to have in your homes because they make the garden and living room look great and they are easy to take care of. If you love plants but don’t have time to water it daily or put it under sunlight, you may want to consider having a cacti or succulents garden instead.

Succulents like CAL Farms Beautiful 36 of 2″ Assorted Succulents are the easiest kind of plants to maintain because they require minimal supervision, water, and sunlight. This makes them a perfect fit for busy people like you.

However, it cannot be helped that every once in a while, succulents suffer from illnesses and problems caused by a variety of reasons but mostly, environmental and the presence of bugs, critters, fungus, and diseases. To better understand what causes your succulents to ill, it’s better to read as much about it as you can. Environmental factors include overwatering, sunburn, etiolation, desiccation, frost damage, and pot bound.


Succulents are called such because they store their water in their leaves. This allows them to survive long and dry periods. Cacti are succulents by definition, which means they can easily take up water from their roots. But the problem is, they don’t use much of the water they take up and they don’t easily get rid of it. This means that succulents need little water and they rarely need to be “refilled” every day. Most people just water their succulents twice or thrice a week, making very sure not to overwater them because that can leave them ill or worse, it could cause their “death.”

Notice something different between cacti in cultivation and those in their natural habitat? Those in cultivation look plumper and happier because they are watered correctly. The problem occurs only if you, as an owner, will overwater the plants because you can definitely drown succulents through improper watering.


Etiolation means your succulents are suffering from lack or absence of light. We’re sure you know by now that succulents need sunlight to thrive.

Cacti, in particular, need lots of very bright light in order to survive since the desert is their natural habitat. The level of light needed by cacti is hard to come by in the city and most especially, if you place your cacti indoors.

What you can do is place it in an area that will likely get the most sun; south-facing windows with no obstruction is an example. Artificial lighting doesn’t cure the disease. You can use HID lights but these are expensive and not many people want to have HID lights in their living spaces.

The effect of etiolation is permanent, though the succulents can still survive by changing the conditions and placing them under stronger light. But remember, a cactus that has been put on etiolated growth cannot be introduced to strong light immediately.

You have to do it gradually to prevent the plant from having sunburns. Even healthy plants can get sunburn from a dramatic increase in light. You have to be very careful with introducing stronger lights to etiolated plants.

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