How to Fix Root Rot in Succulents

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The best way to care for your succulents is by keeping them in a happy and healthy environment. There are a few signs that your succulent might be suffering from root rot, but if you can fix the problem before it gets worse, there’s no need to worry about spending loads of money on replacing your plant.

What is Root Rot?

Root rot is a common problem with succulents, especially those that are grown in containers. The roots rot from the inside out as a result of poor drainage and over watering.

Here are some tips to help fix root rot in succulents:

  1. Make sure your succulent has good drainage. Watering should be done exclusively from the bottom of the pot, not soaking the entire plant. Succulents that are over watered will have waterlogged roots which will cause them to rot.
  2. Avoid over fertilizing your succulent. Over fertilization can cause excess moisture and salt buildup in the soil which will also lead to root rot. Only give your succulent what they need in terms of fertilizer – not more!
  3. Keep your succulent away from direct sunlight or heaters – both of which can damage the leaves and lead to root rot.
  4. Repot your succulent every two years or when it begins to look tired – this will help to keep the roots healthy and prevent root rot.

How common is root rot in succulents?

Root rot is a common problem in succulents, and there’s not always an easy fix. Here are five tips for curing root rot in succulents:

  1. Make sure your succulent has enough water. Succulents need water to keep their roots healthy, but too much water can also cause root rot. Check the soil every day and water only when the surface is dry.
  2. Remove damaged roots. If you see damage to your succulent’s roots, remove them immediately. Damaged roots can’t uptake water and are more likely to become infected with root rot.
  3. Clean the soil around your succulent regularly. Soil can accumulate bacteria and other harmful materials that can cause root rot. Clean the soil around your succulent with a garden hose or a hose attachment specifically designed for this purpose every week or two.
  4. Fertilize sparingly. Succulents don’t need fertilizer as much as other plants, but they do need something to help grow new roots. Apply a diluted liquid fertilizer every few weeks instead of withholding water until the soil is dry as usual to help encourage healthy root growth.
  5. Use a fungicide if

What to do if you find a plant with root rot

If you find a succulent that has root rot, there are a few things you can do to help it. First, make sure the plant is getting plenty of water. Second, try to get the plant to dry out as much as possible. Finally, you can use a fungicide to help prevent future root rot.

How to fix root rot on succulents

Root rot is a common problem with succulents, and it can be difficult to fix. Here are four tips for fixing root rot on succulents:

  1. Remove infected plants. If you have root rot, remove the infected plants and replant them in soil that is a little lighter in texture. This will help the new plants grow faster and resist root rot.
  2. Clean the soil. Clean the soil around the roots of the succulent with a garden hose or water hose fitted with a nozzle. Don’t use soap, which will destroy the succulent’s essential oils. Use a light layer of organic matter such as compost or aged manure instead.
  3. Add amendments. Add amendments to the soil around the succulent’s roots, such as compost or aged manure, to help improve its texture and fertility.
  4. Prune off dead roots. Prune off any dead roots from around the succulent’s roots, so that new growth can take hold and prevent root rot from returning.


When succulents start to show signs of root rot, it can be a frustrating experience. However, there are some simple steps that you can take to try and save your succulents from succumbing to this condition. First, make sure that the soil is well-drained and free of excess water; then add organic matter (such as compost) or bone meal to help improve the soil’s texture and promote healthy plant growth. Finally, propagate your succulent using stem cuttings taken from healthy plants rather than taking suckers from diseased plants. If you follow these tips, you should be able to get your succulents back on their feet and looking good as new in no time!

I'm Janifer, 33 years old, Succulents Enthusiast Senior Editor of Succulentsplanthub. I have been interested in Succulents since I was young. My dad had a Succulents collection and I would spend hours looking at his Collection of succulents. I love Succulents, the smell of the seed, and how they looked. I wanted to learn everything about Succulents. I am now writing articles about Succulents and sharing my knowledge with others.

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