Succulents store extra water in their leaves, stems, or roots, which gives them the ability to survive a while between waterings (sometimes a month or more). Because they have a reputation for being drought-tolerant and growing in dryer climates many people don’t realize that when you bring them into your home or garden, they still need to be watered regularly. In order to keep your succulents thriving it’s not a good idea to force them to go without water for weeks or months at a time.
Giving these water-thrifty plants little splashes of water here and there won’t work, give them a good soaking until water runs out the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Be sure to empty the extra moisture from the saucer beneath the plant pot; too much wetness will rot the roots. Then let the soil dry out completely before watering again. Check the soil a week after watering; if it still feels moist, wait another week.
Watering succulents outdoors ….
Summer is a good time to move your potted succulents outdoors. Though they love sun, give them a chance to acclimate to outdoor conditions by placing them in a partially shaded area before moving to a sunnier location. Keep them out of morning sunlight and late afternoon intense sun. Outdoor plants generally need more water than indoor plants. Again, your conditions will dictate how often succulents will need water. Start by checking on a weekly basis, paying attention to the condition of the potting soil and whether it’s bone dry or still has some moisture. Succulents (and cacti) grown in shallow containers may need water every few days.
These little watering tips should help you with your favorite succulent.