There has been a lot of questions, ideas and opinions on when and how often to water Succulents in containers. Since succulents hold water in their stems, leaves or roots, they can withstand a long period of time without water. The big question is how long do we wait in between watering ? How long can you let a succulent go without water and what happens with the soil ? I decided to take one of my potted plants from my “plant hospital area” and do some experimentation.
This has been an interesting process and I hope that it helps answer many of the questions. One thing I learned is that when a plant goes too bone dry to the point that the soil separates from it’s pot, I will have to just start over again or end up just wasting our precious water.
In conclusion, once the soil has become hydrophobic is it almost impossible to get the soil completely watered again. When and how often to water is something that can only be answered with “it depends” . It depends on the environment condition. When it is too hot, water evaporates faster therefore you need to do more watering. It depends on the container that the plant is in. Porous material, like a terra cotta pot, water evaporates faster and therefore plants may need more watering than when planted is ceramic pot. Small and shallow containers will also dry out faster. Container with no drainage will need to be watered very sparingly making sure that the plants gets enough water but with no excess water sitting in the pot.
I hope this information helps. ~ Till Next Time ~