Myth Busted! Succulents Actually Love Lots of Water

  • Posted by zayla
  • On February 14, 2019
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There is a common misconception that succulents don’t like to be watered. So common, in fact, that I recently read a care card that directed the the carer to use a water droplet to water the succulent only 10 drops every 2 weeks. This is oh so wrong.

The truth of the matter is that succulents love lots of water, paired with very good drainage. In the desert, their natural habitat, they are subjected to long periods without water. When they do receive water, the skies open up and flood them. Then the sandy soil quickly drains the excess liquid away.

The best way to care for a plant is to replicate the environment from which it derives. Here is my best method for watering my succulents.

1. I place my succulent in the kitchen sink
2. I hold my finger over the drainage hole and water it until the soil is completely saturated
3. I release my finger from the drainage hole and let the plant fully drain out in the sink for 5-10 minutes
4. I always water first thing in the morning, so that the soil is completely dry by sundown.

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