Reasons Your Succulents Keep Dying And How To Revive Them

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Succulents are beloved by many as they are easy to maintain and add a unique touch to any indoor or outdoor space. However, seeing your succulent collection wither and die can be disheartening. If you are struggling with this problem, you are not alone.

Let’s explore why succulents don’t make it and how to revive them.

Top Reasons Succulents Don’t Make It

There are various reasons your succulent isn’t making it; however, it could be one of the following or a combination of a few.


Watering succulents is challenging because it requires a careful balance. Too much water can cause the plant’s roots to rot, and not enough can result in dehydration. To avoid these problems, water your succulents only when the soil is completely dry. You can assess the soil’s moisture content with a moisture meter.


Succulents require plenty of sunlight to thrive. However, excessive direct sunlight can cause the leaves to become scorched and turn brown. And yet, not enough sunlight can cause the plant to stretch out and become leggy. Therefore, place your succulents in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight.


The container you choose for your succulent can have a significant impact on its health. First, ensure the container has proper drainage to prevent water from pooling at the bottom. Additionally, choose a container that is appropriately sized for your plant, as a container that is too big can hold too much moisture.


Succulents require well-draining soil to prevent water from sitting in the roots. A mix of cactus soil, perlite, and sand is ideal for most succulents. Avoid using regular potting soil, which retains too much moisture.


Succulents are adapted to warm, arid climates and cannot tolerate extreme temperatures. As a result, they may face difficulties thriving in regions with harsh winters or excessive humidity. Consider bringing them indoors during the winter months or providing additional protection.


Succulents do not require frequent fertilization but benefit from occasional feeding. However, too much nitrogen in fertilizer can result in weak growth, so opt for a balanced fertilizer with a low nitrogen content for your succulent.


Succulents can attract pests, including mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects. Take action immediately if you notice any signs of infestation, such as webbing or white, cottony spots. Use a mild insecticidal soap or neem oil to control the infestation.

How To Revive Your Dying Succulents

If your succulents show distress, you can take several steps to revive them. First, identify the problem by checking the soil moisture, light exposure, and container drainage. Then, take corrective action if you notice any signs.

Next, trim away dead or damaged leaves or stems to encourage new growth. If the plant is severely damaged, you may need to propagate it by taking cuttings and starting a new plant.

Finally, boost your succulent with a balanced fertilizer and proper light and water. With a little bit of TLC, your succulent can make a full recovery.

Take Control Of Your Succulent’s Health Today!

Your succulents could be struggling for several reasons. By understanding the unique needs of succulents and taking steps to address any issues, you can keep your plants healthy and vibrant.

At Succs On Tap, we are here to assist and provide guidance for keeping your succulents healthy and thriving.

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