10 Ways You’re Killing Your Succulents

Hey, there fellow plant lovers! This video talks about how we sometimes accidentally kill our beloved succulents. These little guys are so cute and trendy right now, but they’re not invincible.

So, let’s dive into the 10 ways you could be killing your succulents without even knowing it!

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Treating succulents as low-light plants – Did you know that succulents need lots of bright light? They may look like they can handle shade, but really they need some serious sunshine.

Pot too large – Don’t give your succulent a mansion to live in. Too big of a pot can lead to overwatering and root rot.

Not preventing pests – Ew, aphids on your precious baby! Make sure to regularly check for invaders and take action if needed.

Not using succulent soil – Your garden dirt might work well for other plants but not these buddies. Succulent soil is specially formulated with nutrients tailored specifically for them.

Withholding water too much – Don’t treat your plants like an ex you just want to ignore! Succulents do need water, just in small doses infrequently.

Not using proper watering technique – Speaking of watering, don’t plop a bucket on top of them and flood the soil! Water from below or use a spray bottle to avoid soaking them entirely.

Not enough airflow around plant – Everyone needs their space—plants included! Proper circulation helps prevent mold growth caused by extra moisture build-up around the leaves or stem.

Wrong type of pot – Some pots look super cute but might not be practical for our desert dwellers friends aka special drainage capability allowing excess water out!

Allowing to get too leggy – No one likes when something gets too tall without enough support beams! So make sure their growth rate isn’t dependent on others (aka those dang supports).

Incorrect fertilizing – Too much fertilizer is like heaven to a succulent’s roots, leading to overgrowth and burning of the leaves. Use a slow-release formula in moderation for better results.


Do all succulents require direct sunlight?

While some specific types have adapted to thrive indoors under artificial lighting or minimal window-light exposure like Snake Plants/ZZ Plants, most other common types require strong sunlight through direct &/or unobstructed medium to bright indirection.

How often should I water my succulent?

The widely recommended rule is ‘when fully dried out.’ Most owners work with a total 7-day cycle – allowing proper dryness periods between watering schedules; others use once-per-fortnight regimes.

So take these tips with you on your plant-parenting journey! Keep that sunshine shining, practice those watering techniques, love the right kind of pot, prevent pests where ya can & let airflow gently soothe your succulent’s wings!


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