How Often Should You Water Succulents?

November 03, 2021

How Often Should You Water Succulents?

You don’t trust yourself to keep an adorable little doggo alive, so you decided on the next best thing — a succulent. Congratulations and welcome to the exciting world of plant parenthood!

As a new parent to a baby succulent, there are a few things that you’re going to need to know if you want to keep your plant alive. And obviously, you want to keep your newest and most precious family member from dying, don’t you? 

We thought so — that’s why we put together this post to teach you everything you need to know about caring for your tiny succulent.

From fertilizing and watering to sunlight and bugs, there’s quite a bit to unpack, so let’s get started!

Succulent Care 101: What You Need To Know 

For those who don’t have a self-proclaimed “green thumb” or for anyone working with small living quarters, succulents offer versatility, convenience, and beauty. They don’t need too much care or attention in order to thrive, and the adorable tiny plant adds a lovely low-maintenance addition to any room.

A type of plant that stores water in its roots, stems, and leaves, the term “succulent” comes from the Latin word Succus, which means juice or sap. Also known under the moniker fat plants, these cuties thrive in areas with higher temperatures and little rainfall, aka the desert. 

While there are many different succulent species, some of the most popular include:

  • Burro’s Tail
  • Crown of Thorns
  • Aloe Vera
  • Panda Plant
  • Snake Plant

Some succulents are harder to care for than others. However, there are some succulents for beginners that will fit right into almost any indoor environment. 

Do Succulents Need H2O? 

Just like any other plant, succulents require H2O to survive. But unlike the others, these babies aren’t thirsty 24/7 and don’t need water every day: no thirst trap here.

In fact, when it comes to succulents, the golden rule is to only water them when the soil is bone dry. Yup, it’s true — if the soil in your succulent’s growing container isn’t crumbly, dry dirt, don’t water it.

What About Fertilizing?

Just like water, succulents really don’t require much fertilizer, but you can give your plant baby light sprinkles of the good stuff during the spring and summer (this is their growing season). Just be careful not to over-fertilize because it can cause your little buddy to grow too quickly and become weak. 

How Much Vitamin D? 

Succulents love sunlight and need around six hours of it each and every day to stay healthy and happy. We recommend placing your beloved plant in a well-ventilated area or on a sunny windowsill. 

That being said, if your succulent sits in the same exact spot day after day, there’s a pretty good chance that only one side of the plant is getting enough light. Be sure to rotate it often. 

Bug Off 

If your succulents are indoor plants, icky insects really shouldn’t be a problem, but occasionally you may have to deal with them. Gnats and mealybugs are the two succulent-lovin’ bugs that you might come in contact with. But don’t worry, the buzzy pests are no match for a little rubbing alcohol. 

Perfectly safe for succulents, if your plant baby is suffering from an infestation, simply spray rubbing alcohol directly onto the pests, and voila... no more creepy crawlies! 

Plants Don’t Succ 

So, how often should you water succulents, you ask? 

Simply put, when the soil in your succulents’ container feels dry, give it a little hydration. Unlike other plants, these babies require a very small amount of H2O each week to thrive.

At Famous IRL, we’re suckers for succulents. We also make awesome shirts with character because life is way too short to wear boring clothes. 

Whether you’re a plant parent or plant based, you can always count on us to provide you with cool apparel that’s second to none. 

Sources:

Research Guides: Succulents In Your Home: Growing Non-Cacti Succulents Indoors | Libguides

Cactus and Other Desert Plants | Ask A Biologist

Best Succulents to Grow Indoors | Better Homes and Gardens


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