Why Are My Succulent arrangement Leaves Dropping?

By Kiersten Rankel

Jan 31, 20244 min read

Save your succulents 🌵 from a leafy downfall by mastering their care essentials!

  1. Overwatering causes root rot, reduce watering and dry soil before next round.
  2. Bright, indirect light for 4+ hours; avoid direct sun to prevent damage.
  3. Well-draining soil and pots with holes are crucial for healthy succulents.

When Watering Goes Wrong: The Thirsty Culprits

🌊 Overwatering Overload

Succulents are not aquatic plants, yet overwatering is a common misstep. Swollen leaves or stems and a general sogginess are distress signals.

Root rot is a stealthy saboteur, often unnoticed until it's too late. If the soil clings to your fingers, it's a cry for less water, more air.

To save your drenched plants, reduce watering immediately. Let the soil dry to a crumbly state before the next watering. Consider repotting with fresh, well-draining soil.

🏜️ Underwatering Underestimation

On the flip side, underwatering turns succulents into withered shadows of their plump selves. Shriveled leaves and stems are your cue; they're gasping for moisture.

Consistent watering is key. When the soil feels like a drought-stricken land, it's time to hydrate. But don't flood; aim for moist, not marshy.

Monitor your succulent's soil like it's a lifeline—because it is. Dry a couple of inches down? Time for a drink. Remember, moderation is the secret sauce.

External Factors: From Sunburns to Chilly Drafts

🌞 Light and Temperature Troubles

Succulents are sun worshippers but can't handle the heat. They need a minimum of 4 hours of bright, indirect light daily. Direct sunlight is a no-go—it's like a bad sunburn waiting to happen. Keep them close to a window but shielded from harsh rays to avoid leaf tan lines.

Temperature consistency is key. Think of your succulent's ideal temp as your favorite comfy sweater—not too hot, not too cold. Avoid placing them near drafts or heat sources, as these can lead to temperature-related tantrums in your plants.

Airflow and Circulation

Still air is a succulent's nemesis. Good airflow is crucial, so crack a window or let a fan create a gentle breeze. This isn't just about keeping the air fresh; it's about warding off disease. Wet soil and poor circulation are a recipe for succulent sickness.

Remember, a steady environment and clean air are as vital as proper watering. Keep your succulents breathing easy, and they'll thank you by keeping their leaves firmly attached.

Uninvited Guests: Pests and Diseases

🐜 Pests that Pack a Punch

Spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs are the usual suspects when succulents start shedding leaves. These tiny terrorists can be spotted by their signature marks: webbing for spider mites, sticky honeydew for aphids, and a white cottony presence for mealybugs.

To show these pests the door, isolate the affected succulent first. A blast of water can dislodge many of them, but for the stubborn gatecrashers, insecticidal soap or neem oil can be effective bouncers. Remember, prevention beats cure—keep your succulents in a stress-free zone to make them less inviting.

🦠 Disease Dilemmas

Fungal infections love a moist environment. If you see black spots or suspicious lesions, it's time to act. Fungicides can be your ally here, but choose one that's succulent-friendly.

For a proactive approach, ensure your succulents have good air circulation and aren't sitting in wet soil. It's like setting up a no-fun zone for fungi. And if you're bringing in new plants or soil, inspect them thoroughly to avoid introducing diseases to your green haven.

The Foundation of Health: Soil and Potting Perfection

💧 Choosing the Right Soil Mix

Well-draining soil is non-negotiable for succulents. Imagine a mix that's the botanical equivalent of a breathable rain jacket—protective yet permissive. Cactus or succulent soil mixed with perlite or sand hits the sweet spot. This combo keeps roots dry and cozy, like a bed in a well-aerated, five-star hotel.

🏺 Potting Practices

The pot is your succulent's home—make it a comfy one. Drainage holes are a must; they're like emergency exits for excess water. Size matters; a snug pot encourages a robust root system without the risk of waterlogged soil. Remember, a pot too large is a pool party invitation for root rot. Keep it tight, keep it right.

Prevent your succulents from dropping leaves by letting Greg tailor 🌵 your care routine to your home's unique conditions, ensuring perfect watering, light, and pest control.