WATERING

Watering is something most succulent beginners are most afraid of. Water too much die, water too little also die, how??? Remember this: watering correlates with rooting closely. Generally, good roots = watering good = happy succulent, and vice versa for bad roots. It can be said that the roots are the most important part of succulents, and without a good root system, no succulent can do well. Since we can’t fit everything in one volume, we will talk about rooting in our next zine.

What I love about succulents is that they don’t require daily watering unlike most other foliage plants. My aphelandras die in a week if not watered, my succulents? Three-four weeks of drought? No problemo. That is the main reason why some sellers claim them as the “lazy people plant”, because they are indeed suitable for lazy gardeners (like me). What most people don’t know about succulents is that they can actually love a lot of watering! (Har?? Crazy ah??) Yes it’s true! Here’s how:

FAQ about watering:

“Ok Jack, how much water should I give my succulents?” 

As much as possible. Soak it, flood it, absolutely do not give them only a spoonful of water. It is believed that by deep watering your plants, the CO2 trapped in the soil will get flushed out, replaced by fresher O2 needed by the roots. This is more apparent when your pot is huge, and if you give only a spoonful, water won’t get flushed out and CO2 gets stagnant in it longer. Moreover, because roots go where water is, deep watering will ensure that the roots grow deep as well. 


“How best to water my succulents?”

There are two methods that work best:

  1. The soaking method: Fill up a tray with water, and dip your pots into the tray. Soak them for about thirty minutes or until the topmost layer of the soil darkens, and remove the pots. Fret not, CO2 do get flushed out with this method too.
    Pros: The safest way to water your succulents especially for the very sensitive and bitchy types (like the lithops) which absolutely cannot touch any water.
    Cons: Rather troublesome and time-consuming. A great way to spread root aphids.
  1. Water along the inner wall of your pot from the top, avoiding your succulent, until water leaks out from the drainage hole. A precision spray or a small watering can will be needed to avoid spillage. 

Pros: This method will ensure that your watering is always thorough. It can also flush out any harmful pest or powderized grained soil (which is bad to have) while compressing your soil medium that could have a lot of air space especially if it’s a new mix.

Cons: Time-consuming and could go wrong if hand cacat.

For me, I uh…love to just water them with a water hose… I’m just lazy haha!