Soft Leaves on Succulents

I have noticed a few of my succulents are getting really soft leaves. I’m having a hard time telling if they are getting too much or too little water. I’ve been watering them about every 2-3 days lately because it is so hot outside. As it turns out… I think that might be the cause. I’ve been researching and reading as much as I can about succulents lately but I haven’t been able to find much information about this. So, I joined a succulent forum!

I decided to join the Garden Web Forum for two reasons: it was free; and there seemed to be a lot of active people commenting on the forum and their advice seemed to be right on the money! If you need to get an ID for succulents, check out this post!

After scouring all the old posts and looking at anything that looked remotely similar to my problem I still didn’t feel like I had a great answer as to the problem. So, I took some photos (the photos posted below) and posted my question on the succulent forum. Within a day there was a response! You can take a look at the post on the forum here, but this was the response:

“Your problem could be, that they don’t have enough roots to suck up the water … i water my succulents once a week, with the soil drying out within 3 days. They need the dry period to send out more roots to be able to suck up more water as they age and get larger.”

So, from that here is what I’ve decided to do… When I photographed the plants they were pretty dry and I hadn’t done anything with them since the photos. I planted those plants all in the same container and waited another day, just to be sure they were pretty dry. Then I watered them. I gave them a good soak and now I’ve let them be. That was on Thursday last week. My plan now is to water them just once a week and see what happens. I’ll be sure to keep you updated! I’m headed out of town on Tuesday night so I’ll water them tomorrow morning. I’ll be gone for almost a week so I won’t be tempted to water again until a full week :). Hopefully it works!

The moral of this story is listen to all the succulent advice out there! Over watering really is super easy to do! I have been much more careful about my watering schedule lately. The other pots have only been getting soaked once a week and sometimes I’ve gone a little longer in between. They seem to be doing great with nice firm leaves and beautiful color. When I get back I’ll have more photos and updates for you!

Aeonium Kiwi

Echeveria derenbergii

Sedum Pachyphyllum

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I'm Cassidy, a professional photographer turned succulent addict and the author and photographer here at Succulents and Sunshine. This is me with my wonderful husband and super cute baby!

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