You just bought some succulents for the very first time from your local nursery, or even better online with 3 day shipping. You finally have potted your succulents, and now you are very excited to see them grow very healthy, beautiful, and of course happy.
You’re still learning how to grow succulents, but you aren’t sure if they are growing healthy, or happy. There are many signs to tell if your succulent is healthy, or happy. There are also many signs to tell if your succulent is unhealthy, dying, or unhappy.
By the end of reading this article, you will now know if your succulent is healthy, happy, or unhealthy, or unhappy.
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SIGNS OF A HEALTHY SUCCULENT
We’re going to start with some common signs if your succulent is healthy or not!
A healthy/happy succulent will look very firm, tight, and secured. If your succulent looks firm, tight, secured, it means that it has been drinking its water. Succulents absorb water into their cells, this is how they stay hydrated.
A healthy succulent that is hydrated will always look very firm, tight, and secured. If your succulent looks like that, then be stoked! Your succulent is healthy, and happy because of the amount of water it has absorbed! You’re doing a great job watering your succulent!
Succulents are drought tolerant plants, but they still need their water! But not too much! If your succulent gets too much water then your succulent will experience root rot.
Another sign of a healthy/happy succulent is if the roots are healthy! The roots will be healthy and not rotten, due to correct watering for your succulent.
You can’t really check if the roots are healthy when your succulent is potted, so no don’t unpot it and check! You will know if the roots are healthy, simply if your succulent looks healthy and happy!
An easy common sign to tell if your succulents are healthy/happy, is if your succulent has its color! All succulents have their different unique beautiful colors, this is what makes succulents so fun to grow!
Your healthy/happy succulent should stand out! It should have such beautiful color! Make sure your succulent has its beautiful color, it’s probably the most common sign of a healthy, happy succulent!
Those are the most common signs of healthy, and happy succulents!
Now what are some signs of unhealthy, unhappy succulents?
UNHEALTHY/UNHAPPY SIGNS OF A SUCCULENT
LACK OF FIRMNESS/MOLDY LOOK
If your succulent doesn’t look firm or looks like it is moldy and rotting, then your succulent isn’t healthy or happy. Your succulent looks like this because it may be experiencing root rot. Root rot is caused by overwatering.
Succulents don’t need much water, they want to absorb water, and then go back to sitting in dry soil. Your succulent doesn’t want to sit in a wet puddle, it wants to stay dry. If your succulent is getting overwatered and is constantly sitting in a wet puddle, root rot will start to appear.
Root rot is one of the most common ways on why a succulent will die. You must try to avoid root rot for your succulents, because if you don’t your succulent will most likely die.
So if your succulent looks like it's mushy, moldy, rotting, and has lack of firmness then your succulent is unhealthy/unhappy. You must do something asap, so your succulent can live and grow healthy again.
If your succulent is stretching or even looks tall, don’t be tricked. It's not growing! Many beginners think their succulent is growing super fast because it looks taller. It’s not growing, your succulent is simply going through etiolation.
Etiolation happens when your succulent is lacking sunlight. Your succulent will begin to stretch and look tall. These aren’t signs of a healthy growing succulent, these are signs your succulent needs sunlight/light and it needs it now.
Your succulent is stretching, or growing tall because etiolation is happening. They stretch or grow tall because your succulent is stretching to find the nearest source of light. It's craving sunlight so it will begin to stretch and look for some light anywhere!
You must stop this from happening, if you don’t your succulent will stretch to the point when their stem snaps. Once your stem snaps your succulent is most likely dead, but the roots are still there so it can grow back but will take a while.
Don’t be tricked thinking your succulent is growing, it’s not! If you see any signs of stretching or growing tall then your succulent is unhealthy/unhappy!
Another common sign that your succulent is unhealthy/unhappy is if your succulent has dry or wrinkled leaves.
Your succulent has dry/wrinkled leaves because it is lacking water. Succulents don’t need much water, they can go days without it, but if they don’t get the water they need they will show it. Their leaves will look super dry and wrinkled because your succulent is craving water, and it needs water asap.
Once your succulent absorbs water, the dry and wrinkled leaves will be filled with water, and your succulent will look back to its healthy/happy look again.
LACK OF COLOR
If your succulent looks like it is lacking color, then this is a sign of an unhealthy/unhappy succulent.
Your succulent is lacking its color because it’s not getting enough light. Succulents need light to get their color, they use sunlight to produce their pretty colors.
If you’re growing your succulents indoors, and your house doesn’t get much light, then you might want to invest in some grow lights.
If your succulent is lacking color then you must give it more light! It needs sunlight to show off their beautiful color!
Those are the most common signs of healthy/unhealthy succulents! You will seriously know and feel if your succulent is healthy or unhealthy. Your succulent will give off that look and talk to you telling you it needs help!
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