So Far succulents are the most strong and self-sufficient plants. They are not required to be watered everyday infact they tend to groom and nourish themselves without any assistance from other living beings even they can survive without sunlight for a couple of days particularly. Succulents are not fond of relying upon others for the sake of living. This means they are the sort of plants that can exert energy, water, moisture from themselves rather than be reliant upon other humans to feed them, water them, or either moist them. This all can be done by succulents themselves, which represents how dependent they are, and that is why there are fewer chances of them being died or suffered. Succulents store water in their stems, tissues, and leaves. That is why these plants can survive in a drought without being watered by someone.
However, if your succulents are dying, then you need to ponder whether you are overwatering them or either under watering them or it might be a natural phenomenon. So just calm yourselves down and commence analyzing what is making your succulents to suffer. Even there can be bad days when sunlight for your succulent might not be sufficient enough, and that is why they dye. Furthermore, to make succulents grow properly or prevent dying, one has to use proper quality and quantity of soil; otherwise, it will utterly collapse, or even it might dye soon.
Why Succulents Dying?
Causes of death, there can be many reasons why succulents die, but most highlighted ones are overwatering, underwatering, poor quality soil, and inappropriate quantity of sunlight and even infections.
An early sign of over-watering is that leaves will start to fall off with just a slight bump. If you start to notice soft black spots on your plant’s leaves or stem, the over-watering is getting severe, and it may be difficult to save your succulent. If your plant’s leaves are starting to look yellow and transparent and feel soggy or mushy to the touch, it’s likely suffered from overwatering. You will get clumps of soil and not separate grains of earth.
This is due to the excess water bursting the walls of the water-storage cells. No longer neatly stored within specialized cells, the water runs through the leaf, diluting its colour, and making the blade feel squishy as it begins to rot. Soon, these are succulent leaves falling off the plant. When overwatered, i.e., when these balloons are overfilled, they burst, and the cell structures are severely damaged, resulting in rotting leaves and roots
2. Under Watered
Underwatering is the most astonishing fact because everyone usually underestimates this. Since succulents are the self-sufficient plants, they have stored water within them, but this does not mean that one forgets watering them. Many succulents are also sensitive to under-watering.
Dry leaves caused by underwatering are softer to the touch than when fully hydrated but don’t look translucent and soggy like overwatered leaves. As the moisture pressure inside the tissue of the leaves and stems reduces, there will be wrinkles on the skin, and the leaves will look droopy with sagging tips.
If your plant’s upper leaves are starting to wrinkle and get dry and crispy, then it’s probably time to give your succulents a little more water. However, plants like Senecio Haworthii and Portulacaria Afra love to be watered more frequently compared to other succulents.
These following features represent that succulents is underwatered:
Shrivelled leaves–An underwatered plant will start to have wrinkly, shrivelling leaves as its water storage continues to run low. The plant will begin to look droopy and wilted, the more severe the water deprivation is.
Dried up, brown, dead leaves–You will notice plenty of dried up, dead leaves from the bottom of the plant. As the plant starts losing its water storage, the bottom leaves begin to dry out first. Some plants will also start to drop dried up leaves to conserve water and energy for survival.
Leaves feel soft and flat–When touched, the leaves will feel smooth and flat. The leaves will lose their plumpness and firmness. An underwatered succulent will feel like they have deflated leaves.
Save an over-watered succulent
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 on one of your plants, start by cutting back on your watering schedule. Don’t water it until the soil is dry when you want to get rid of the excess water from the ground.
The rationale is this. The succulent is already under stress from too much water, and direct sunlight just compounds the problem. This step is essential; otherwise, you might encounter the same overwatering problem the next time. There are two ways you can do this: take another pot that’s larger than your succulent pot and put 2 inches of gravel or expanded shale in it. Place your succulent planter on it, so the roots don’t have to sit in excess water each time you water. The second method requires the succulent soil.
Save an under-watered succulent
If your’s SUCCULENTS are just starting to wrinkle, they’ll probably perk up pretty quickly after one or two watering cycles. However, if they’ve almost wholly dried up, I’m sorry to tell you that they’re probably too far gone to recover.
To help them recover best from under watering, make sure you soak the soil really well when you water. Make sure you check out my post on how to water succulents to do this the right way.
While over or under watering tends to be the most common problem new succulent growers face, there are a few more issues you may run into. These may include: stretching out, bug infestations, internal infections, and more.
One should continue self-diagnosing their succulent. Just observe the patterns of leaves and their colors, stem’s freshness, or leaves’ growth. They all together speak louder about the health of plants. So do observe!