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Apr 5, 2018 6:04 AM CST
Hi all,

I got these succulents a month ago and they were doing fine until a few weeks ago.

I can't tell if they are over or under watered. I have to admit that the temperature has been getting warmer and drier but before deciding to water it more, I just want to make sure that under watering is the case first.

Right now the soil is completely dry.

Thank you in advance for any feedbacks!
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Name: Alex
Galloway, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Apr 5, 2018 6:17 AM CST
It's usually better for succulents to err on the side of underwatered than overwatered, so allowing the soil to dry out a bit is a good idea! It's a lot easier to overwater a succulent than to underwater it.

What kind of lighting are you giving them? Is it direct constant sunlight (as in on a bright windowsill)? My soft succulents tend to wilt that way when the lighting is just a bit too much. Maybe try moving them a little bit away from you light source so they aren't hit with too much.

Apr 5, 2018 6:35 PM CST
Does it look like the leaves are rotting (gray, black, moldy-looking leaves)? Or do they look hard and dry? Succulents carry a lot of moisture in their thick leaves, so sometimes the color can be a good indicator.

I recently did a video on a Zebra Haworthia succulent that was overwatered. If you want to take a look at it, it's on my YouTube channel "Growing to Live."

Obviously, the soil is a huge indicator too. As mentioned above, it's better to underwater succulents than to overwater. They're very similar to aloe, I overwatered my aloe and several of its leaves curled and rotted.
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Apr 7, 2018 8:31 AM CST
Dry on the surface of the soil may not be dry enough. If the roots are healthy, the top half inch or more may need to dry before you add water.
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Horticultural Help, NYC
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