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How to Revive a Succulent Plant

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Overview

Succulents are plants that hold moisture in their leaves. Popular succulents are cacti and jade plants. Many people buy succulents because they are easy to care for and while this is true, at times you may notice that your plants are starting to wilt, turn yellow and not bloom as expected. In these cases, before you throw out your plant, try several techniques to revive your succulent plant back to full health.

Step 1

Slow down your watering. If you have been watering your succulents too much and the soil has been kept too moist, chances are that is what is causing your plants to be unhealthy. Let the soil dry out between waterings. Stick your finger into the soil about an inch or two deep. If you feel moisture, don't water it yet. In addition, do not let your plants sit in a container of water. If the water seeps out the bottom, discard it.

Step 2

Repot into a larger pot. Perhaps your succulent has outgrown its container. If your plant has a large canopy and the stems are near the rim of the container, then repot into the next size container. Use fresh new potting soil, not the old soil.

Step 3

Check out the lighting needs of your succulent plant. You may be giving it too much or too little light depending on variety. Most succulents need full sun, and a south facing window sill is ideal.

Step 4

Increase the humidity. Some succulents need humidity in order to thrive, especially during the winter when heat in the home can cause the air to dry out. Set your succulents on a tray with water and pebbles, mist the foliage on occasion or set the plants in in a higher humidity area of your home (but still near light) such as the kitchen or bathroom. Also, keep plants near each other since they give off humidity and therefore make the area around the plants more humid.

Step 5

Identify any diseases or insects your succulent plant may have. If you notice spots, rings anything else unusual on your plants, take a sample to your local nursery. They may be able to identify the problem and head you in the right direction for treatment, such as simply washing your leaves or using an insecticide or pesticide.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Tray
  • Pebbles
  • Water

References

  • North Dakota State University Extension: Questions on Cactus
  • Landscape Planet: About Jade Plant Care
Keywords: succulent plant, revive plant, water succulent

About this Author

Melissa Lewis graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has written over 20 episodes for the radio drama entitled "A Work in Progress." She also writes for several online outlets, including Gardenguides, Travels and Examiner, and is currently finalizing a movie script to be filmed in 2010.