Reasons Why Your Succulent Plants Fail to Thrive

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Growing or raising succulents may seem easy, especially after seeing colorful, beautiful, and healthy succulent plants in your friends' houses. Yet, it may be the opposite when growing one yourself; being thin or fading and lacking moisture. The main reason might be you don't really know how to grow a succulent properly – and this is not your fault.

Here are the secrets to growing succulent plants nicely and adequately and turning them into flourishing nature.


Expose the succulents to more sunlight


Succulents, especially sedum succulents, need light. Therefore, if you want them to become healthy and lovely, the most important thing is to expose them to more sunlight. The succulents raised outdoors are usually more nutritious than those raised indoors because of sufficient light.

Therefore, outdoor succulents should be kept where the sun can shine if you want your succulents to thrive.


A grow light installed above a succulent


Additionally, you should note that the succulents may need to be covered during summer when the temperatures are too high and the sun is scorching. Otherwise, it would help if you exposed the succulents to the sun in spring, autumn and winter. The longer the exposure time is, the better it grows. It's better to expose the succulents for more than 8 hours under the sun. The plant should not be separated from the sun with glass because the glass blocks a lot of ultraviolet rays which are also very useful for sufficient plant growth.

If you keep your succulents indoors, please try to put the small plants where the light is the strongest most of the time. However, in cases where it is not possible, you should equip your succulents with a plant grow light as a substitution for sunlight.


Strictly water the succulents


Many people think succulents don't need water to grow well. Yet, succulents are highly saturated with water. However, strict watering will only make it easier to raise succulents.

On the other hand, overwatering will make your succulents grow taller, and the plant's root system may rot. This will accelerate the death of the plant. Therefore, watering succulents strictly is also a matter of concern.

When watered, the succulents use their leaves to store water, and the leaves will gradually become plump. But, of course, it should not be too short of water. If it is too dry, the leaves will wither.

It would be best if you strictly controlled watering routines so that the succulents are moderately dehydrated. In addition, try to maintain the amount and frequency of watering.

Succulents that have just been put into the pot and are still slowly growing their roots may need more water. But, the succulents whose roots have grown generally need to be watered once every 1-2 weeks in a growing season. Therefore, water them thoroughly, preferably in the morning or evening.


Oxygenate the soil


The growing soil for succulents must be breathable. It should also store water and provide the nutrients needed for succulent growth.

So, how do you ensure this? First, you can use this method to equip the soil: pave the top with the type of pebbles you like and use 40% quagmire + 50% particles (coarse gravel, medical stone, etc.) + 10% grass ash in the middle.

You can also oxygenate the soil more straightforwardly, using mixing 50% coarse gravel and 50% peat soil. Although the ratio is simple, it is convenient and nutritious.


Large temperature difference


If you want succulents to have a more stunning color, you must consider the temperature difference in the environment. For example, if it is spring and autumn, the temperature difference between indoors and outdoors is more than 15°C。

With outdoor maintenance, three days is enough to make a pot of succulents change color! It's even better if you have special temperature control conditions in your home.