Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: How much water for my succulents ?

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Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 8:08 AM CST
Hi all :)

I just got 3 succulents in 8cm and 10 cm pots . They'll stay indoor mainly (but at sun next to window :)) The temperature is between 20 and 24°C
- aeonium kiwi
- sedum nussbaumerianum
- sedum rubrotinctum

I know they don't need a lots of water, but I'd like to be sure how often I need to give them water ? Because I read something about 1 time every 2 weeks, or 1 over 3 weeks, and sometimes no water like in winter ? But I'm not sure if it's for outdoor or indoor :/

Thanks for any advices :)
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Lilies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Sep 25, 2016 8:33 AM CST
Hi. I dont think there's an exact quantity or how often.
You probably have them because you like them, meaning you like to look at them. When you do that, try to see or feel the soil in pots. That's how i often decide to water or not.
It also depends on the plants, how big, what soil it is in the pots, etc.
Really you should figure out if your plants need water.
But anyway, less is better than more :)
Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 8:39 AM CST
Thanx :)

So if I understand, i can just check if the soil is dry, and then it means they need water ? I'm not used to have plants :)
Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
Beekeeper Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 8:53 AM CST
When the soil feels dry wait a few days and then water. Over watering is one of, if not the biggest problem with indoor succulents.

Plant size, pot size and material, soil composition, temperature and humidity all effect watering needs. Succulents do better under watered vs over watered.

ETA: Welcome to the forum.
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Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 8:57 AM CST
okay, thanx for all the answer :)

Last question, what will be the symptom (except the dry soil, I mean on the plant itself) when they really really need water ?

Thanx for the welcoming, it's a nice forum here
Name: Karen
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Sep 25, 2016 9:24 AM CST
They will need water if you see any shriveling or wrinkling on the plant. Sometimes they look like they are wilting.
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Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 9:46 AM CST
Ok, thanx all :)
Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
Beekeeper Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 10:58 AM CST
I agree

What Karen said! Succulents can go for weeks without water before you see the leaf start to shrivel up. Give it a drink and it can recover within hours.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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Sep 25, 2016 5:59 PM CST
If you do see it shrivel and water, that is a fair enough way to start to learn about these plants, but go one better, and keep track of how long it took from last watering to when it began to shrivel. Then water one day sooner
Water needs change with winter and shorter days, because it gets less hours of sun, and it grows more slowly or not at all. Turning on the heat leaving the air dryer, can affect watering.
Just keep a watchful eye on your plant. When it is freshly watered, pick up the pot, feel how heavy it is. Remember it. Then as it is ready to be watered again, and good and dry, look at the plant carefully, does it look different to you than when it was freshly watered, is it a bit dull? Pick the pot up again, and notice how light it feels. Remember this as well.

And finally, if your just not sure, If in doubt wait a day or two to water.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Sep 27, 2016 10:31 PM CST
There is the soil drainage. There is warmth. There is light. All matter.

Get a water meter. When it says the middle of "dry", water succulents.

Or, if you are daring, water them only when it rains in Phoenix AZ! I had a friend who did that and he was quite succussful with them.. *I* tend to overwater them.
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Dec 5, 2016 2:37 PM CST
not to scare you... but depending on the type of succulent you have (some are more rot prone than others) and to a degree your personality.

your far... far... more likely to Overwater than underwater. This is the old phrase kill with kindness. These plants have adapted to go long periods without water. Succulent roots are kind of like the old saying 'horses to water' they drink and drink and don't know when to stop. You have to be the one to know when enough is enough.

Signs of overwatering include death of the plant, brown mushy stems or yellowing leaves.

Watering cacti and succulents is an art better error on the side of caution.
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