Asked 4 days ago

How do I keep my succulents looking as good as the day I bought them?

Cathye Pieper LettermanFlipturnDiana
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE succulents. But it never fails that they become unruly and a mere shadow of themselves. I truly have tried to trim them back, sculpt them like a topiary etc. They don't die and they seem healthy... just ugly. These are pictures of one just starting to change

q how do i keep my succulents looking good like the day i bought them
q how do i keep my succulents looking good like the day i bought them
7 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    4 days ago

    HI THERE,

    Don't over water.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    4 days ago

    You might have too much water or your soil is properly draining. I put gravel in the bottom of my pots and add it to the soil to make sure it drains well.

  • Vimarhonor
    3 days ago

    Hello, Mine do fine *totally* ignored in zone 7 —for years. Do not over water make sure there’s drainage holes.

    • Vimarhonor
      3 days ago

      More details..... sometimes I do have a habit of putting a sprinkle of soil moist in my planters when pot up and establish my plants. I may have done it in these situations.


      Last photo— the Hen n chicks, they have been on my back deck since 2011 without any care -only recently this year I pulled out some “baby” pieces to put another pots. Totally on self-care without any attention with old soil and no watering and a lot of sun on elevated deck. You can see how awful the foam planter looks with weathered uncared for treatment.


      The other plants are scissor cutting thrown on soil to make new plants— they need no watering or special care either and it’s been a very dry summer here in central Virginia it’s amazing how resilient and good these plants look in that circumstance.


      I do have one newer plant in a newly purchased fancy hanging planter that I think has some sort self watering feature? it’s hanging in the sun it may not be thriving ( running over the edges) as well as some of these other plants in thinner cheaper pots—- perhaps it’s the planter design fault. Not sure. Hope further disclosure might be helpful.

  • Diana
    3 days ago

    That's easy!

    Buy fake ones!


    That's what I resorted to after several fails.

    • Vimarhonor
      3 days ago

      That’s exactly how I feel Cindy, I understand your feelings completely. I even tried to rescue select plants on the clearance shelf to save them from the dumpster.

  • Flipturn
    3 days ago

    I first thought about overwatering, as others have mentioned.

    But I am also wondering how old the soil in the pots is, and if it may be too compacted for the water and nutrients to effectively get absorbed by the roots? or if the pots are adequately large enough for the roots to flourish?

  • I make their potting soil from 2 parts soil, 1 part sand (contractor, not play), 1/2 peat and 1/2 vermIculite occasionally feed and water in zone 7

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