In general, succulents are considered low-maintenance plants that require very little attention… However, there are still a few of us out there who are having a tough time keeping their plants happy.
Here are few tips to help your succulent thrive:
- Dry leaves on the bottom of your plant: keep in mind that dying leaves are a natural part of every plant's life and succulents are no exception. If you’re seeing dry, crispy leaves only at the bottom of your plant - that is normal. Dead leaves at the bottom of your succulent are perfectly healthy!
- Dead leaves on the upper parts of new growth are a sign of a problem: this can be mean over- or under-watering. You can spot an over-watered succulent by it’s puffy-looking stems or leaves. The plant can also look generally unhealthy; the leaves may be starting to yellow and become transparent or mushy to touch like a marshmallow - this is normal for a healthy plant.
- Succulents can go three days, and sometimes even a week or more without water. The best way to avoid over-watering is to make sure your soil is completely dried out before watering again. As soon as you notice the symptoms of over-watering, start by cutting back on your watering schedule. Also, switching to better soil may help.
- On the other hand, dry leaves caused by under watering are softer to the touch than when fully hydrated. They don’t look translucent and soggy like an over watered leaves. Instead, wrinkles on the skin and the leaves can become apparent. But unlike over-watered succulents, dehydrated succulents are easier to revive; they often bounce back after two or three water cycles.
To sum it all up, proper hydration is everything. A succulent's most common problems are due to over-watering or under-watering. That is why, as with everything we do, it should be done in moderation because too much of anything is a bad thing.