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Why is my succulent dry and crispy?

Succulents are usually known for loving dry air and soil but if you let your plant go dry for too long the roots will start to die back.

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If you find the soil is bone dry along with crispy leaves, your succulent could use a good soak. Here’s how to bottom-water your plant:

  • Place your plant in your sink or tub without the saucer. Fill your basin up with about 3-4″ of water.
  • Allow your plant to soak up water through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot for at least 45 min.
  • Feel the top of the soil after your plant has been soaking–has the water reached the top 2-3” of soil? If not all the soil feels saturated, water your plant slightly from the top of the soil to help speed up the saturation.
  • When your plant’s soil is evenly damp, drain the sink/tub and allow the plant to rest while it drains thoroughly. Place the plant back on its saucer and back in its proper spot.

Wait a week to prune any crispy leaves that don’t recover to help your plant focus on new and healthy growth.

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We're confident your Succulent will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.