How to Water Succulent Plants

Have you ever wondered how much to water succulents? This post will teach you how to properly water succulents to keep them looking great!

Welcome! I am so glad you’re here!

Watering succulents seems to be one of the trickiest parts of growing succulents.

Every person I know who grows succulents, myself included, has struggled with watering at some point, so you’re not alone!

I’ve killed dozens of plants from both over watering and under watering. Once I figured out the right system though, I’ve been able to keep my succulents so much healthier!

I want to make sure you can do the same.

With the tips and tricks in this post, you’ll be able to figure out the perfect watering schedule for your own plants.

You’ll be so thrilled with how great your succulents look! You’ll want to show off your amazing plants to everyone you know.

You’ll be able to relax, knowing you’re equipped with the information you need to keep your plants happy!

Also, if you’re interested in purchasing some of the plants you see in the photos throughout the post click here. You can also click on the names below the photos to purchase. 

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Succulents above (click names to purchase): Kalanchoe luciae, Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’, Aloe arborescens, Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’, Crassula argentea ‘Crosby’s Compact’

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Before I get to the system I use, I want to tell you a couple common problems people run into when they first start growing succulents. If you can overcome these problems you’ll be way ahead of the game when it comes to preventing watering problems!

Click next to see the 3 common problems people encounter with growing succulents and how to avoid them!


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256 Responses to How to Water Succulent Plants

  1. Hi, I have a question on soil. I understand succulents need a gritty mix, but do you think perlite can be used as well? Also I live in Miami, and it can get really humid during the summer, but for right now it’s getting colder so I’m not sure how much watering I should do. I recently just got a “California sunset ” succulent… another question is on haworthia. I was gifted one that doesn’t have a drainage hole. What I did was added a bit more perlite than usual to the soil to have more airflow. However the leaves aren’t in that nice rosette form. The leaves are kinda spread out. I water it once every 2-3 weeks but was told once a week. I haven’t seen improvement so I placed it outside. Please help. Thank you:)

    • Perlite is ok, although I’d recommend pumice if you can get it. Perlite is really lightweight and is easily crushed so it ends up being more of a powder over time. It is better than not adding anything though. As far as watering frequency in the winter, take a look at this post. Every 2-3 weeks should be fine. If you notice lots of leaves drying out or the whole plant looking limp then water a little more frequently. You will want to water more frequently in the summer, anytime the soil is dry. It sounds like your Haworthia is stretched out from not enough light rather than having a watering problem. Check out this post for more info on that. You can also take a look at this post for more info on watering a pot without a drainage hole.

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