The Best Way to Water Succulents (to help them thrive)

Succulents are not like most other plants. So naturally, if you try to water them like other plants, especially other house plants, they aren’t going to survive! However, this doesn’t mean you can neglect them completely. 

To help you even further, click the link below to download my free cheat sheet to see what it looks like when your succulents need more or less water. 

Record each time you water your plants to prevent over and under watering them. The Succulent Tracker app is a great tool to help with this. 

Keep a record

Soak the soil completely then let the soil dry out completely before watering again. Make sure the succulents are in a well draining soil in a pot with a drainage hole (more on that in a minute). 

How to Water Succulent Plants (indoors and outdoors)

For indoor succulents, it is generally best if water doesn’t get on top of the leaves. If it sits on a leaf for too long it can cause rot. Use a small spout watering can or a squeeze bottle. Click the link below to see our favorites. 

If possible, just pour water onto the soil around your succulents until it is completely soaked. DO NOT water your succulents again until the soil has dried out — from the top of the pot to the bottom. Succulents do not like to sit in wet soil for more than 2-3 days.

Many indoor succulent growers find that watering 14-21 days is a good frequency to keep their succulents alive. Use this timeline as a starting point and adjust as needed. 

How often should I water my succulents?

Tap the link below to see full details how to water succulent plants.