Why Are My Outdoor Succulents Dying
This is a blog post about how to care for succulent plants and what are the basics for planting and caring for them in an outdoor space.
Why do succulents die outdoors?
Outdoor succulents are susceptible to a number of factors that can lead to their death, including weather extremes, pests and diseases. Succulents thrive in well-draining soil with consistent moisture levels, but if they’re not able to withstand harsh weather conditions or are attacked by pests and diseases, they will eventually die.
Causes of succulents dying
Succulents are succulent plants, which means they have adapted to life in a dry climate. When it comes to succulents, there are many factors that can lead to their death including:
-Changing weather patterns (drought and heat waves can be especially deadly for succulents)
-Overwatering (succulents like water, but too much can cause them to rot)
-Insects and pests (including aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites)
-Fertilizer burn (overuse of fertilizers can actually harm succulents)
-Accidental damage (root penetration by a lawn mower or weed eater, for example)
How to save a dying succulent
There are a few things you can do to save a succulent that is exhibiting signs of dying. If the succulent is not actively dying, you may be able to spruce it up and encourage it to live another year. Here are six tips for saving a succulent that is on the verge of death:
- Water it well – A succulent needs consistent moisture in order to survive. Don’t give up on your succulent if it’s losing water quickly, though – check the soil surrounding the plant and make sure there isn’t an issue with drainage. Over-watering can also be detrimental to a succulent’s health.
- Fertilize sparingly – Succulents don’t need fertilizer as often as other plants. When fertilizing, use a low-nitrogen product specifically designed for succulents instead of general garden fertilizer. Do not overfertilize your succulent; doing so can cause roots to rot and leaves to yellow and fall off.
- Prune dead or damaged leaves – Dead or damaged leaves on a succulent will not photosynthesize and will therefore lose vital nutrients – this can cause the leaves to rot and fall off. Before pruning your succulent, wear a dust mask, rubber gloves and safety goggles. Prune dead or damaged leaves back to healthy growth.4. Water well – Over-watering causes roots to rot and losses nutrients from the soil; over-fertilizing dries out the soil, causing plants to suffer from nutrient deficiencies or even die.5. Dust away pests – Succulents are very susceptible to infestations of insects or disease when growing outdoors in natural habitats or indoors in pots or containers that collect ants and other insects that may cause damage. Be sure to remove any stagnant water from areas surrounding your succulent planting as pests also breed in warm temperatures.6. Prune – Pruning is the process of taking off a section of the plant, or collecting a branch by cutting it back to a lower level. This can be done in order to shape your succulent shrubs into different shapes, or to encourage new growth in spring.
Outdoor succulents are a popular choice for gardeners because they grow quickly and have a long life span. However, in some cases, the succulents may be dying due to factors such as too much water or too little water. If you notice that your succulent is wilting or his leaves are turning yellow and brown, it might be time to reduce the amount of water he is getting. Alternatively, if you live in an area where there is regular rainfall, try watering your succulent a bit less often so that he doesn’t get over-watered. Succulents need approximately half as much water as other plants do in order to thrive, so make sure you monitor his watering schedule closely to ensure he receives the right amount of moisture.