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Saving Succulents: Don’t Drown Your Plant, Trim Off the Rot!

Are your succulent’s roots rotting? Is your lawn being taken over by leaves? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we will be discussing the importance of trimming the affected part of your succulent’s roots and how to prevent leaf drop in your lawn. We’ll also be talking about the best ways to avoid overwatering your succulent and how to get it ready for repotting. So, read on to learn more about why and how to keep your succulents looking healthy and happy!

Understanding Why Succulent Leaves Fall Off

Succulents are known to be resilient plants, able to survive in a variety of climates and conditions. However, they may experience periods of intense heat or drought that can cause them to drop their leaves. This is a natural defense mechanism for the plant as it helps conserve energy and maintain its water supply.

Although it can be worrying when succulent leaves fall off, there is no need to panic. In most cases, new leaves will sprout on top of the plant where the old ones have fallen off.

Signs of Overwatering in Succulents

When repotting a succulent, it is important to consider when to begin watering the plant again. To ensure that the roots of your succulent take hold in the new soil and receive adequate moisture, it is best to wait at least a week before watering. Depending on the type of succulent and when it was last watered, you may need less or more water for its new pot. However, be sure not to drown the soil if it is dry – instead, wet it thoroughly until all of its particles are dampened.

It is possible to overwater a succulent, and if you do, there are signs that will let you know. Discoloration of the leaves and changes in their form are the first signs of overwatering. The leaves will become translucent, soft, and squishy; unlike those that have been under-watered, they will be dropped by the plant rather than recovered.

How to Care for Low Light Succulents

It is also important to pay attention to the amount of heat your succulent is exposed to. If it gets too hot, the leaves may start falling off as a way for it to protect itself from further stress. It may seem strange that your succulent would shed its leaves in response to an increase in temperature, but this is a normal reaction and should not be cause for alarm.

Generally, succulents prefer indirect morning to afternoon sun. If you have a sunny South facing window, then your Succulent will be very happy in that spot. For those who don’t have the luxury of such an ideal location, there are low light succulents which can still thrive in your home without direct sunlight.

According to Silverman, “Succulents and cacti are tolerant of low-light conditions. They don’t have to be close to a window to thrive.” Many succulents will grow in areas without natural light, such as rooms without windows.

Hybrid Succulents such as Compton Carousels and Silver Prince are extremely beautiful succulents, but they are one of the most difficult plants to grow. They require a lot of care and attention, so if you’re looking for an easy-care succulent, these may not be the best option for you.

Managing Fallen Leaves and Acclimatizing Succulents for Optimal Growth

In order to prevent leaf drop, it is important to make the transition from outdoor to indoor temperatures gradual. When nighttime temperatures are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, bring your succulents inside at night and move them back outside during the day. This will help acclimatize your plants to indoor temperatures over a period of one week. Furthermore, pay attention to the amount of sunlight that your succulent receives and make sure that it does not get too hot or cold in order for them to thrive in an optimal environment.

Fortunately, if your succulents experience leaf drop due to the change in temperature and environment, there is a good chance that the leaves will grow back next spring. As long as the roots and parts of the tree are intact, it should produce a new round of foliage when temperatures become more favorable.

However, it is important to note that you should not leave fallen leaves on your lawn. Leaving fallen leaves to be composted does return valuable nutrients to the soil, provides habitat for lots of important and valuable insect species over winter, and acts as a natural mulch.

Turtles, toads, birds, mammals, and other creatures rely on leaf litter for food, shelter, and nest material. Caterpillars of many moths and butterflies overwinter in fallen leaves before emerging in spring. Therefore it is important to be mindful when disposing of fallen leaves.

A thick layer of leaves on your yard prevents it from absorbing light and air. As it becomes difficult for air, water, sunlight, and nutrients to reach the lawn’s root system, a lawn may develop disease, cause flooding, or even attract pests. Therefore it is important to rake up the leaves that have fallen on your property in order to keep your lawn healthy.

How to Save an Overwatered Succulent

Unfortunately, if your succulent is losing its bottom leaves and turning black, it is likely too late to save the plant. This could be a sign that the succulent has been overwatered – look for yellowing leaves, mushy feel, and easy fall off. Overwatering can lead to root rot in succulents which can eventually kill them. If you have been watering your succulent too often or too much, it’s important to stop immediately and let the soil dry out completely before watering again. If root rot has already set in, it is best to discard the plant instead of attempting to save it as this will prevent further spread of the disease in other plants or areas of your garden. It may also be necessary to clean any tools you used on that particular plant with soap and water before using them on other plants as well.

However, if you would still like to attempt to save the succulent, the first step is to dig it out of the soil and remove any excess soil stuck on its roots. Cut off any brown or black roots as these are already rotten. Leave the plant on a mesh or strainer for at least two to three days in order for the roots to dry out completely. Once they are dried out, you can replant them back into their pot.

Make sure to use well-draining soil and not overwater the plant.


In conclusion, caring for succulents and cacti can be tricky, but with the right knowledge, you can keep your plants healthy and looking their best. Repotting is essential and must be done with caution. If you find the roots have become rotten, trimming the affected part will help prevent the plant from dying. Leaves may drop off in periods of extreme heat or drought, but they can grow back in the same place or on top of the plant. As long as you provide the right environment and amount of water, your succulent will thrive.