How to Water a Succulent: The Ultimate Guide

How to Water a Succulent: The Ultimate Guide


Succulents are one of the most popular house plants right now. They’re easy to care for, and they come in a variety of beautiful colors and textures. But did you know that succulents vary in their water needs? Some need more than others! This blog post will help you learn how to properly water your succulent so that it thrives and continues to look great.

This blog post is especially helpful because it will teach you how to water succulents to keep your succulents happy and alive for a very long time. So, lets get started.

Make sure to use a pot (container/planter) with a drainage hole.

Succulent Drainage Pot
Credit: Mountain Crest Garden

When it comes to watering your succulent, the container you choose is crucial. The first thing to think about is if the pot has a drainage hole. This allows water to drain from the soil rather than accumulating at the bottom and rotting the roots of your plants. It also aids in re-watering because excess moisture can escape.

A drainage hole in the pot can also assist you avoid overwatering your succulent since it will be able to breathe and air spaces in between soil particles will not be squeezed, making it difficult for water molecules to evaporate.

A pot’s material is equally important. Clay pots are porous and will dry out faster than plastic or glass pots, making them unsuitable for succulents that require a lot of water because you’ll have to re-water them more frequently. Read various article to select best pot for your succulent.

Use right type of soil

Succulent Soil
Credit: Garden Up

The type of soil you use can have a huge impact on how much water your succulent needs. When shopping for soil, opt for one that says “light” and is branded as being specifically designed for cacti or succulents.

Some soils do not drain well at all, which means they hold water and your succulent will need to be watered more frequently than if it was in a better draining soil. Succulents can decay if they are constantly immersed in moist soil. When planting your succulent, we recommend that you use quick-draining soil. A cacti mix or an orchid mix, which can be found at any garden store, is one sort of soil that’s perfect for succulents. When you plant it, you should also add some sand to the pot to provide extra drainage in case the soil becomes too moist and soggy.

Water succulents instead of spraying

Watering succulents
Credit: SucculentsBox

You should always water your succulents from the roots rather than spraying them. This is due to the fact that succulents store water in their leaves, stems, and roots. When you spray them with a hose or simply saturate the soil, your plant will lose water from its organs, which can result in the death of other sections of the plant, including leaf loss. Watering succulents on the roots causes the water to sink into the soil and be absorbed by the roots. Succulents require root watering since they are drought tolerant plants; water stays in their organs, which is beneficial to succulent health.

Also, rather than using a hose or anything else that could cause too much water to get into one location, which could lead to the death of other sections, simply bathe your plant using a watering can.

How do i know if my succulent needs water?

Do you see the leaves beginning to turn brown at tips? That means it’s time for a drink!

Is there plenty of room between the dirt and the base of your succulent? If so, then give it some water.

Are its roots exposed or is soil missing from around them? It might need a sip!

Do you notice that the soil is beginning to feel dry? Don’t wait – water it!

Are there any other signs or symptoms of dehydration, such as wilting or curling leaves? It might need a drink right now. Be careful not to over-water succulents by overwatering them with too much at once.

Some types of succulents need more water than others. For example:

Echeveria – these require much less watering as they are more like cacti

Jade – these need to be watered once a week or so

Agave – this type of succulent needs the most water, as it is able to store up water much better than other types. In general, they should only drink every few days.

It’s always important that you remember what type of succulent you have so that you know how to properly care for it.

Frequently asked succulent watering questions:


  1. Can i water succulents with ice cubes?
    You cannot water succulents with ice cubes. This will damage the plant and can lead to it dying. You should never put anything that isn’t potting soil in a pots because this is also damaging for your plants health.
  2. Can i water succulents after repotting them?
    This is a really interesting question, but I think that you should wait at least two weeks after repotting your succulent before watering it again. This will give the roots time to adjust and grow into the new soil and pot. If you accidentally overwater immediately after repotting then this could cause root rot, which would be harmful for your succulent. This is just my opinion and I would love to hear what you think in the comments below!
  3. Can i water succulents at night?
    Yes, succulents can be watered at night. It is best to water the plants in the morning or evening so that they dry out during the day and do not sit wet all day long.

Thats it for this post on how to water a succulent. I hope you enjoyed it and found this helpful! If you have any questions , please feel free to leave a comment below or contact us at our instagram page @succulentig.

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