The Q&A Archives: Succulents Dying

Question: I recently planted a vareity of suculents in a container on my apt patio. I am watering only once a week or so when the soil is completely dry. The leaves are falling off of most of the varieties and they do not seem to be doing well. Too much water? Not enough sun? The are only gets a couple hours of direct sunlight a day but is a sunny area generally.

Answer: Succulents thrive in hot, dry, sunny locations. They do need to be watered regularly and it sounds as though you're doing it right - waiting for the soil to dry out is just about right. I usually water thoroughly and then wait 3-4 days and stick my finger into the soil. If it's still moist an inch below the soil surface, wait another 3-4 days before watering again. If the soil is dry one inch below the surface, it's time to water. Your plants will do much better in 6-8 hours of direct sunshine each day. Hope this information is helpful.

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