Did you know that plants talk? Okay, maybe they don’t actually talk but they are great at showing you what they want or need. You just have to learn their language and you’ll be able to understand what they need to make them happy! We get a lot of customers who come into the shop claiming that they can’t keep succulents alive and they don’t understand why. Sometimes you just have to pay a little more attention and they will tell you what’s going on. So if your succulent is showing these signs…
When Your Succulent is Getting Really Tall
If your succulent is growing or getting “leggy” it means that it wants more light. It’s growing to search for more light so move it to a sunnier spot or outdoors. It won’t shrink back once it’s in the light but it will keep it from getting taller and will eventually have some plant babies or side growths if it’s happy.
When Your Succulent is Wrinkly or Squishy
This means that you are overwatering your succulent. This happens a lot with your plant is planted in a pot with no drainage. The soil on top appears to be dry but the dirt underneath is still very wet. If you see this happening with your succulent stop watering immediately and pour out the water sitting on the bottom. You can also replant the succulent. Pull out your succulent and throw away the dirt on the bottom. Before adding more soil, be sure to add some pea gravel for extra drainage (or replant in a pot that has a drainage hole) first and then use fresh cacti/succulent soil and plant your succulent. If your succulent sits a pot with too much water, it may start collecting bacteria due to the constant dampness and make your succulent moldy and sick.
When You Get Brown Tips on Succulent Petals
This means you need to water your plant a little more. Again, be sure you have proper drainage. Faded color in the succulent means your plant needs some more sunlight. But don’t place in hot direct sun because it may sunburn your plant. Bright indirect light is best.
For more great tips on how to care for succulents, check out: How to Care for Succulents (And Not Kill Them): 9 Plant-Care Tips.