Did you know that succulents are one of the varieties of plants that is most susceptible to root rot? It’s true. Because succulents store water in their leaves, they are really sensitive to overwatering. In fact, overwatering can turn a succulent from healthy into mush within just a few days! But don’t despair, there’s a way to save your beloved succulents. All that is required is to learn how to water succulents the right way. Keep reading to learn how below.
First off, make sure that your succulent is planted in the right soil. Psst…it involves a sandy, well-draining potting mix! You’ll need a pot with a hole in the bottom of it too, as this allows for the extra water to drain out. Standing water in the bottom of pots is ALWAYS the number one cause of root rot.
After you have determined whether or not your plant is potted in the correct soil, it’s time to start watering! Rather than giving your succulents sips of water (I’ve even heard that some gardeners use ice cubes to water succulents..this is bad!) it’s better to give them deep drinks. Water when the soil at the bottom of the pot feels dry (stick your finger in to see or use a Moisture Meter). When watering, make sure that the water runs fully out of the bottom of the pot. This will give your succulents the kind of deep drink that they crave.
With succulents it is really better to be more on the dry side. I hope this helps you in growing your plants!
Bell Tower Festival
at the gardens
Gardens are always open
10:00 - 4:00 PM Daily
Weekends: May - October
10:00 - 4:00
201 East Lincoln Way
Jefferson, Iowa 50129
The Thomas Jefferson Gardens bring to life the prairies that welcomed Lewis and Clark explorers and early settlers, heritage plants from Monticello, farming practices of Thomas Jefferson’s time, outdoor musical instruments to experience, a children’s garden, and so much more.