Are Succulents Herbaceous Plants?

Of all plants on the planet, succulents are the most exotic collection from the whole lot. We are spoilt for choice from their vast array of colors, sizes, and shapes. There are succulents with rosettes and ones without — the ones that grow tall, others that remain dwarfs and others that trail along the ground. Additionally, their differing hues from green, yellow, purple to grey. From a decorative point of view, they take up the number one rank. But this is not all they are all about. Some succulents are also herbs.

Herbs are plants that serve a collection of beneficial purposes. Some are medicine; some make flavorings, fragrances, pesticides, or dyes. And some are used as food or food additives.

Herbaceous plants, in the simple definition, are the plants that have green and soft stems, leaves and roots as opposed to woody parts. The plumpness is due to the water available in their cells, of which succulents have quite a lot. Check out “5 Benefits of Succulents” for more interesting facts about succulents that can benefit you.

Are Succulents Herbaceous Plants
Definition of Herbaceous Succulents @jaayaa00

What Makes A Succulent Herbaceous?

Herb succulents first and foremost must be vascular plants with no woody stems above ground. Instead, they must have fleshy leaves and stems that are plumply filled with water in their tissue cells.

Secondly, herbaceous succulents must have savory or aromatic properties that are turned into garnishes, flavors, medicine, or fragrances. Any of the uses, as mentioned above, may be achieved from the manufacturer of processed products. Or directly by the usage of the plants in their raw states.

Types Of Herbaceous Succulents

Herb succulents are known to fit into two main significant kinds and are placed according to the purpose they serve.

Some are known as culinary herbs which are used in cooking or baking or as a garnish.  For a succulent to be fit for food, one must make sure it is well cleaned. And most importantly, it is safe to consume. Just because a succulent may look juicy, doesn’t mean it is safe to devour. Additionally, one should make sure that the part they have of that particular succulent is safe to eat as some parts of a culinary may be unfit for consumption.

The other kind is the Medicinal succulents which make a variety of medications as the main or supplement ingredient. Or are used as a remedy in their raw states. The sap found within medicinal succulents is most times the part extracted that serves the therapeutic purpose. They are used to soothe burns and scalds, heal gaping cuts, and to treat certain skin diseases such as eczema and acne.

Are Succulents Herbaceous Plants
Herbaceous Succulent Types @themerryskeleton

Examples Of Culinary And Medicinal Succulents

As mentioned earlier, Culinary plants are the succulents that are fit for human consumption. They may be boiled, fried, and in most cases are used as a salad dressing or as a garnish.

On the other hand, the medicinal ones manufacture some medications. These medications vary in potency and usage as well. Some are swallowed, and others are used as ointments.

Below are a few of the herbaceous succulents appreciated in the culinary world as well as the medical industry.

The Cuban Oregano

The Cuban Oregano is known as Plectranthus amboinicus. It is a perennial succulent that has sweet-smelling foliage. The leaves contain tart oils that can be extracted and used for cooking.

It has naturally thick, fuzzy leaves with a robust gratifying odor. The leaves have a greenish-grey hue, entirely covered with fine hairs with serrated margins. The succulent blooms in pinnacles and the flowers may be pink, lavender or white.

As compared to other oregano types, the Cuban Oregano is said to have a stronger flavor. It is therefore used in small amounts for seasoning to avoid an overpowering flavor.

Are Succulents Herbaceous Plants
Plectranthus Amboinicus @an_azure_favorite

Growing And Caring For The Cuban Oregano

The Cuban Oregano succulent thrives in a well-draining, crumbly soil mixture. The best place to put this plant is away from direct sunlight as direct solar exposure dries off the plant.

A container-grown, as well as a ground cultivated Oregano, needs regular watering. But only when the soil is dry. And it is more frequently done in the spring and summer and dialed down in the winter. Check out these tips for growing your succulent inside in “How to Successfully Grow Indoor Succulents”.

Uses Of Cuban Oregano

For food, the leaves are used as a seasoning to flavor meat stews.  The leaves are best when they have been dried and crushed. The Fresh ones are used in small amounts for soups, stews and the making of poultry stuffing. They are not quite palatable for salads because their leaves have the hairy feature to them. They would end up irritating the tongue, which is not such a pleasant feeling.

The leaves are also harvested to treat throat and respiratory infections, constipation, flatulence, rheumatism and as a lactation stimulant.

Jewels Of Opar

This succulent also goes by the scientific name Talinum paniculatum. It is also known as Pink Baby’s breath or Flame flower. These names come as a result of its red hazy of flowers that look like cotton candy hanging over the crop. It has stunning bright lime green leaves that are ideal to use as a border plant. It is also an excellent addition to your colorful garden.

Growing And Caring For The Jewels Of Opar Succulent

This succulent loves the full sun but does even better in small part shade for a few hours a day. It has a high tolerance for drought, which means it can go without water for a very long time. But if its location is in a pot, watering is done when the soil is dry. It does well in sandy, and well-drained soils, therefore, grows best in rock gardens and tropical areas. Think you may be having trouble with your succulent? Check out “5 Tips on Saving Dying Succulents” for tips on saving a dying succulent.

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Talinum Paniculatum @jenn.pineau

Uses Of Jewel Of Opar

The bright lime green juicy leaves of the succulent make an excellent addition to salads and sandwiches. They are quite economical because of their availability during the hot, dry weather when most green salad additions are scarce.

Their small seeds are very nutritious and are an excellent supplement of omega-3 oils. The leaves are also quite tasty when eaten raw and are only slightly mucilaginous. The gummy leaves should, however, not be consumed in large quantities because they contain oxalic acid.

Caution needs to be observed during consumption as taking in too much may cause shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting.

Other uses besides culinary or medicinal are that the delicate heads with their shiny red orbs make beautiful bouquet flower fillers.

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Help as a Medicinal @antara_garden365

Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera is probably one of the most sort after medicinal herbaceous succulent of the whole lot. It is a short-stemmed shrub. Aloe Vera succulent forms a rosette of thick, fleshy green blades with a slightly frigid blue-green color.

The two most essential components of the succulent are the Aloe Vera juice and the Aloe Vera gel. The juice is mainly found in a thin layer under the succulent’s skin. It is also known as the Aloe Vera latex or sap. The gel, on the other hand, is found in the middle of the leaf.

Growing And Caring For The Aloe Vera Succulent

They do best in a cactus potting mix that is fast-draining and well aerated. For best results, the soil should be improved with additional soil expanders such as perlite or builder’s sand. The plants should also be cultivated where the sun’s exposure is bright and direct. The watering is done using the soak and dry method, and only when the ground is parched. Interested in growing Aloe Vera at your house? Be sure to check out our piece on “How to Grow Aloe Vera

Uses Of Aloe Vera Succulent

The Aloe Vera is mostly grown for its medicinal purposes that are quite a number.

First, the Aloe vera gel is a crucial ingredient in some kinds of toothpaste and is active in fighting cavities. The Aloe Vera latex contains anthraquinones that actively heal and reliefs pain with its anti-inflammatory effects. The gel can also aid in reducing constipation because it has a high fiber content that will get things moving. The gel is taken in the form of liquid or capsule form once a day for a few days.

Aloe vera is also a hub of several minerals and vitamins that can be incorporated into your diet as supplements. It supplies B-12, which helps make DNA, makes nerve and blood cells. One also gets Choline, which is involved in nerve signaling, Folic acid, which is essential for fetal growth during pregnancy. Lastly, it has vitamins A, C, and E that have antioxidant capabilities.

The Aloe Vera gel has also been used to relieve burns. It accomplishes this by improving blood circulation to the affected spot and stop cell damage around the injury. The application of the gel creates an instantaneous pain relief because of its cooling sensation. The gel is part of many moisturizing creams that are used by cancer patients to protect their skin from radiation.

Check out more benefits from the Aloe Vera in “How the Aloe Vera Succulent can Help with Eczema“.

Are Succulents Herbaceous Plants
Uses Of Aloe Vera Succulent @tatanam.id

Well, from the above information, we can confidently conclude that succulents are herbaceous plants. Although you should know that not all of them are. Just a few meet the criteria of being a herb. Let us know in the comments below if you already have planted these herbaceous succulents at home. Need tips on propagating at home? Check out “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for an easy guide to propagating at home.

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The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus

If you are a sucker for succulent plants or cacti plants in general, then this piece will most definitely tickle your fancy. Succulents are a class of plants characteristically known to have water-filled thick leaves and branches and most famously for their resilience to survive harsh climatic conditions. A majority of people do prefer having such plants as house plants for the fact that they need little care to survive. Especially if you have a busy schedule that has you moving from place to place.

Known by its scientific name Hildewintera Colademononis, the Soft Monkey Tail cactus belongs to the cactus family of plants. Its origin can be traced back to the Bolivian countryside in Santa Cruz. It is of epilithic nature, meaning in its natural habitat it is most commonly found growing on or between steep rocks hanging above a jungle below.

The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus
soft monkey tail garden @_plantsmith_

Characteristics of the Monkey Tail Cactus

This plant probably owes its name to the appearance of its stems, which take up the shape and look of a monkey’s tail. Some might argue that some species of rats do take up a similar appearance, therefore also known as The Rat Tail Cactus. The stems are greenish-yellow and on them are protruding downward-facing hair-like soft white spines that cover the entire stem. To the eye, it may seem like they are safe to touch, but don’t be fooled!

A single plant can have three to five stems, which branch at the bottom. The plant grows upright for a few feet then the stems become pendant and droop. They produce bright, red flowers that are particularly very decorative. They bloom for a few days then turn to fruits with a brief life span. Apart from its natural habitat, the Monkey Tail Cactus does well as a house plant too. Preferably best grown as hanging plants due to its unique drooping stems.

Also, check out “9 Types of Cacti” for a list of buddies for your new Soft Monkey Tail Cactus!

The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus
soft monkey tail cactus @_plantsmith_

Best Growth Conditions for the Monkey Tail Cactus

The Soft Monkey Tail cactus seeds are black and are very easy to germinate if provided with the right conditions. The soil has to be light, well aerated and one that drains quickly, check out this succulent soil and see if it works for you. Meaning sandy and loamy soils are ideal for its growth. The watering of this plant should be done exclusively during the summer and spring seasons and only when the ground feels dry. The warmer the air, the more frequent the watering. Otherwise, over-watering may cause the rotting of the stems and roots. During the cold and winter season, the watering halts as this may result in the frosting of the plant which will kill it.

The Rat’s Tail Cactus is one of the few species of the cactus plant that can survive temperatures lower than the freezing point. This happens to be its dormant stage. It becomes active and grows faster to produce flowers in the spring and summer. It does well in both a shady or a direct sunlight environment.

Be sure to also read about The Burro’s Tail Succulent for an additional cascading succulent that will surely complement your Soft Monkey Tail Cactus.

The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus
soft monkey tail hanging @mcl_cacti_and_succs

Perfect Propagation Techniques for the Monkey Tail Cactus

In the natural habitat, nature has a way of taking care of its own, but if you decide to have this plant as part of your garden, then a few rules need to be followed. Otherwise, the plants won’t do well.

As mentioned above, the seeds of a Soft Monkey Tail Cactus are very easy to germinate, but cuttings can also be used in propagation as well. The cuttings are most productive during the spring and summer seasons where growth is most vigorous. The cuttings must be allowed to grow callouts and left out to dry for a few days before placing them into the soil. Check out these shears for your propagating needs.

During its active and growth periods of summer, you should apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer properly incorporated with the soil around the plant. The best application is by diluting the fertilizer with water and administer it as a liquid. Just one application is enough for a whole year’s supply!

Check out also “How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully” for more tips on propagating techniques.

The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus
soft monkey tail perfect decoration @cactus.man

How to Control Pests on Your Monkey Tail Cactus

This type of cacti is particularly prone to pest infestation too. Spider mites, scales, and mealybugs are the common culprit pests. Most of these bugs are quite a nuisance but are quite easy to control. In the case of mealybugs, you spray your plant with a pressurized water hose to wash them off. A simple shower is guaranteed to spray the buggers away— check out our article on How to Get Rid of Mealybugs for further advisement. Another simple way to wade the bugs away is to rub alcohol; isopropyl, with a soft cotton swab. And rinsing off the alcohol with water before returning the plant to its spot.

Mites are by far the most annoying pests when it comes to cacti. This is because one is unable to notice their presence until they have damaged the plant to disfigurement. Their control isn’t as easy as the mealybugs and does require a keen eye. So one is inclined to monitor the plant carefully, and if you notice brown patches, then your plant is infected by these buggers. Proper watering and constant fogging by pumping up the humidity will chase these pests away.

Scales, on the other hand, do require hands-on control measures. These pests usually clamp upon the leaves’ surface and hide under an impervious shell. Meaning, spraying them away won’t be as effective as desired. Therefore, one is advised to physically rub alcohol on the affected leaves and remove the scales. One should also pay keen attention to catch the infestation before it is too late. In the case of the Monkey Tail Cacti, the use of a soft toothbrush dipped in alcohol will be of great effect. Because if you use a cotton swab, most of it will remain stuck on the spikes.

Be sure to also read “What is Root Rot & How Do You Fix it?” for tips on how to maintain your succulents out of any rotting.

The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus
soft monkey tail by the window @james_tebbutt

Repotting the Monkey Tail Cactus

Repotting of the Soft Monkey Tail cactus is best done once a year. This is because it grows vigorously and at a speedy rate. The re-potting is ideal after the growing and flowering season is complete. If the plant is fully matured, be sure to use a bigger pot with a new soil mix. The new soil mix must contain fertilizer and should be well aerated as new cuttings need a lot of nutrients to flourish.

The growing and taking care of the Monkey Tail cactus has never been more natural than this. This unique looking plant will most definitely give your front yard a sight to behold.

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The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus
monkey tail hanging out front @lu.cy8329

After reading about the Soft Monkey Tail Cactus, is it on your wish list? It sure is on ours!

If you think this succulent will make a great addition to your indoor garden check out our articles, How to Successfully Grow indoor Succulents, or How to Care for Succulents in the Winter to make sure you’re fully prepared!

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How To Prune Succulents

Succulents are popularly known for their great exotic selection of different shapes, sizes, and colors. That is to say, most are green, some are purple, and others are blue. Some have hanging foliage; others grow upright, others trail and others remain dwarf plants. Some species produce flowers and fruits, while, others don’t. Each species is different to the next, each unique to the other! The whole succulent family is favored by both home and office owners, certainly for their decorative features, in addition to their other apparent benefits of freshening the air and creating a serene environment altogether.

The best thing about succulents is that they do not need around the clock care that most plants require. Well, besides having a working watering schedule once or twice a week, and providing the succulent grown in the right fertilized soil mix with the proper light requirements. Overall, succulents will survive if exposed to these few factors in the best ways possible.

Before reading on, be sure to also check out “Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off?” for tips.

The placement of succulents within our work and living quarters is also quite impressive. They do blend in and fit very well among most spaces of bookshelves, tables, and windowsills that would have otherwise been left bare. As a result, A bright-colored succulent plant would most definitely give your reception the welcoming ambiance that you just may require. You like the idea of bright-colored succulents? Check out “How to Make a Succulent Corsage” for creative DIY succulent projects.

How To Prune Succulents
pruned succulents @greengardensucculents

Plush and Healthy

With that said, it is, therefore, every succulent grower’s wish to have their succulent plants looking plush and healthy all year round. Even in their dormant seasons, when the growth is experienced the least, a healthy-looking succulent garden sounds like a pretty good idea. The aesthetics need to be kept at par, mostly if the succulents main job is ornamental. Further, pruning is one of the practices necessary to establish a fit-looking plant around the clock. All plants, including succulents, need to be pruned. In other words, think of it as a succulent-face-lift. Already excited about growing your succulent garden? Check this article for “Top 7 Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden” here.

How To Prune Succulents
variety of succulents @hydrocopia

Reasons To Prune Succulents

Blooming succulents over some time tend to grow wild, twisted and sprawl outwards and overgrow their container or garden space. This, in turn, makes them appear unruly, shapeless, and quite untidy. Therefore, the need for pruning arises! Pruning of your succulent garden plants is carried out for a number of reasons. Firstly, it facilitates size control, reshaping, or the propagation of some parts of the plant in the breeding of new baby succulents.

Additionally, pruning is an exercise used as a damage control remedy for diseased succulents. It is perhaps the cheapest and most sensible way to save your plant. The branches and leaves of insect or disease-infested crops are pruned off in the effort to liberate the plant or generate a new one.

Check out How to get Rid of Mealybugs in our article here.

How To Prune Succulents
cacti in the sunlight @plantbar

Best Times To Prune Succulents

Sprucing up your in-ground, outdoor succulents is best during the early spring, just before new growth commences. At the same time, the year-round tropical species can be trimmed off any time when the outdoor climate or indoor temperature is warm. The flowering species are instead thinned out in their dormant stage during the winter or soon after their blooming phase.

How To Prune Succulents
overgrown succulents @greengardensucculents

Tools Needed To Prune

The tools used for this project are chosen solely dependent on the size of the succulent, the vegetating nature of the plant; upright, trailing, or hanging. As well as the location it is planted; garden or container.

For the larger more extensive succulent plants, grown in landscapes such as Agave types, that are quite large, string trimmers or sharp, sterile large garden shears are appropriate. Other tools may be used to remove the spent flowers from low-lying Sedums and different ground cover succulents. Such devices include clean clippers, a sharp knife or a pruning saw with fine teeth. Check out this amazing pruning saw we found.

For the smaller, more delicate species you need tweezers, which are used to prune off small dead or dying leaves. Furthermore, the tweezers can be used to pull out the weeds and tuck in the exposed roots back into the soil.

Hand trowels with serrated edges are suitable for cutting through old webbed roots that are growing above ground or out from baskets. For instance, this will create more space a new succulent may occupy or simply contain the plant within the basket.

How To Prune Succulents
pink detail on the succulent @succulentlovestory

Safety

When pruning succulents with spines or ones with milky saps, one should wear waterproof protective gloves. Their usage is to make the activity more manageable and also acts as protection such that the spikes don’t prickle the gardener’s hand. They also protect against the milky sap, which, in most cases, is an irritant that will cause some inflammation or rash to the handler’s skin.

You may also need a water-based marker, like this one, that would help you mark the stems or leaves you would wish to trim off. It is an optional apparatus if you are pruning a small number of plants. But if you are pruning a whole garden, this marker will make it easier and faster for one to mark the ones they need to get rid off.

All tools used have to be clean and sterilized— especially when being used to prune off diseased leaves, branches and roots. That is to say, the sharpness is to facilitate clean cuts, as inconsistent cuts may lead to an entry point of bacteria, fungi, or virus that may kill the plant.

How To Prune Succulents
succulents on display @artiplanter

How To Prune Succulents

Before you start on the trimming off, first you need to gather all the necessary tools required for the project. Keep in mind that all the tools needed have to be sterilized and sharpened beforehand. Also, pick the size of the tools conceding to the size of the succulent.

Firstly, you have the tools at hand, secondly is to determine which of the succulent plants you wish to trim off. This will depend on the reason you are trimming off the plant.

Size Control

Above all, if you are pruning as size control, pick out the leaves, stems or branches that seem to be very close to each other. Mark the ones you wish to cut off, pick up your cutting apparatus, and carefully cut off the marked sections. The slash is made at a 45-degree angle. Here’s a reliable pair of shears for those tricky angles.

Reshaping

If you are pruning to reshape the succulent, consider making the cut ½ inch above the nodes and the ones that face the side you wish the new stem to emerge. You can also train some to grow in different directions by cutting just above a small branch pointing the desired direction. When pruning trailing species vary the lengths of each pruned stems for a more appealing visual appearance.

How to Prune Succulents
various outdoor succulents @asucculentsmuse

For Propagation

If you are trimming off a succulent for the purpose of propagation, you should pick up the plump, healthy-looking leaves. And in the case of stems, the best candidates are the stems that are taking up a woody look and feel to them. The leaves are simply twisted off or clean cut using a sterile sharp knife. The stem cuttings are cut using a clean, razor-sharp apparatus as well, and the leaves are attached to it are removed carefully not to damage the nodes.

For Health

For the pruning of the ailing succulents, you first identify the parts of the crop you wish to cut off. These parts should be the ones that exhibit any form of abnormal appearance or feel. If the leaves or stem look shriveled, seem mushy, or discolored, then those are the ones to prune off. Lastly, use a sharp, sterilized knife to cut them off. In cases that majority of the plant is damaged consider cutting off the healthy unaffected parts to use for replanting. We found the perfect garden knife to assist you out there.

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succulent collection @the_simple_succulent

Just Prune it!

Now that you have the complete guide as to how to prune succulents, it’s time to get your gear and get to work. Give those succulents the face-lift they deserve so that they look bright and healthy all year round. Now you do not have to replace your plants every time it overgrows or takes up the shape you don’t fancy. Even for the ailing ones.

Thank you for reading! Be sure to check out other similar content to this article like “7 Succulent Care Tips” or “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter”

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Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off?

It’s easy to tell when your succulent is in distress. When it starts doing things like dropping leaves left and right, you know it’s not healthy or happy. But figuring out why your succulent baby is in trouble is really hard!

There are so many factors that affect plant health. Water, sunlight, temperature, the soil you use, and even the pot you’ve put your plant in can affect its health. With so many variables, how are you supposed to figure out why your succulent’s leaves are dropping like flies?

That’s what we’re here to help you with today! Unfortunately, we can’t come to your house and diagnose your plant in person, but we can give you the info you need to figure out what’s wrong on your own. By the end of this post, you’ll be an expert plant doctor!

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Why are my succulents leaves falling off? @mijardin.pe

Low Light Succulents

Succulents can start to drop their leaves if they’re kept in low light conditions for too long. You’ll know that your plant has this issue if it looks tall and stretched out. Sun-starved succulents will also start growing towards a light source. So if your plant seems to be growing sideways to get closer to a window, that’s another sign that lack of light is the problem.

Luckily, this issue is really easy to fix! All you have to do is put your plant someplace sunnier, or put it under a grow light like this one— and for additional grow lights we recommend, check out our article, here! But before you put it outside and expose it to the sun’s blistering rays, make sure that you acclimate it first!

Plants get sun spots / burn too!

Acclimate Your Plant for the Outdoors

To start, you should only give your plant about an hour of sunlight or artificial light each day. Anything more and you’ll risk sunburning it. You can slowly increase the length of sun exposure over a period of a few weeks until your succulent is getting around six hours of bright sunlight each day, or around 12 hours of artificial light.

Your succulent should stop dropping leaves after soaking up some much-needed sun. But unfortunately, you can’t reverse some of the damage that’s been done, like your succulent’s stretched out appearance. You can propagate your original plant and grow brand new plants from it that won’t look stretched out. But giving your original plant more sun won’t make it look as compact as it was on the day you bought it. Bummer, right?

Check out our full article about the importance of sunlight for succulents!

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off
Low Light Succulents @howorthia

Overwatering Your Succulents

Overwatering can have some serious consequences for your plant! It can cause root rot, make your succulent’s leaves fall off, and can even cause total plant death. Yikes!

Overwatering is one of the easiest ways to kill your succulent, so it’s something you definitely want to avoid. If you notice that your succulent leaves are mushy, soggy, and falling off on the regular, you need to cool it with the watering can!

You should only water your succulent when the soil it’s planted in is completely dry to the touch. You’ll probably end up watering your succulents once every week or two.

If you tweak your watering schedule, your succulent leaves should make a full recovery in no time!

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off
Overwatering your succulents @momsgarden_la

Will too Much Fertilizer Hurt My Succulents?

If you put too much fertilizer on your succulent, it could actually have the opposite effect and stunt its growth! It can also cause some of its leaves to drop off, discolor the remaining leaves, and burn its root system.

If your houseplant is showing some or all these signs, it’s time to take action! If you see any white crust on the surface of the soil, grab your succulent tools and make sure you remove it all carefully. This is excess salt from the fertilizer—it can damage your plant and burn it if you leave it on there.

How to Remove Excess Fertilizer

Now, if you’re going to try to flush the excess fertilizer out of the soil by watering your succulent. Let the water drain completely, and then repeat the process once or twice to make sure there aren’t any traces of fertilizer left.

Then, make sure you remove any leaves that are damaged or dying. This will prevent your plant from using up its precious resources to try to repair damaged leaves. Your succulent will grow new leaves to replace them, so don’t worry about removing them!

If you follow these steps, we think your succulent leaves will make it! But remember in the future to only fertilize your succulents with water soluble fertilizer, like this one we use from Miracle-Gro, that’s been diluted to half-strength. You should only ever use diluted fertilizer on your plant babies to avoid chemical burns. You should also fertilize them sparingly—no more than once a month during their active growing season. That way they won’t get overloaded with salt or nutrients and start losing their leaves.

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off
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Can Succulents Survive Extreme Temperatures?

If your succulent gets too hot, its leaves will actually start dropping off. It’s a normal response to the stress caused by heat and drought. Isn’t that weird? It seems strange, but it won’t actually hurt your plant and it’s not something to worry over too much.

Still, you should try to throw some shade cloth or a plant cover over your succulent or move it to a less sunny area of your garden to try to prevent this from happening. After all, who likes to see their succulent baby stressed?

If your plants gets too cold, though, that can spell disaster. A lot of succulents can’t handle freezing temperatures, and if they’re exposed to them for too long, the cells inside their leaf tissue can freeze and burst, causing irreparable damage.

If your succulent has frozen in the cold, some of its leaves will look brown or black and kind of mushy. If the damage is really bad, the whole plant will look like it’s rotting. In that case, it’s pretty much unsalvageable. For a proper guide on how to care for succulents in the winter, dormant months, check out this article.

But if the damage has only affected a few leaves here or there, your succulent leaves will be ok. Leave the damaged leaves on your plant. When your plant grows, those leaves will fall right off on their own and be replaced by healthy ones.

For cacti-specific tips, click here to see our guide on determining if your cactus is dying.

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off?
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Those are some of the potential causes of leaf-loss and how to treat them! Did this post help you figure out what’s going on with your succulent leaves? Let us know in the comments section below!

Learn about some further ways to ensure your succulents and cacti are as healthy as can be! Check out What to Do When My Succulent Leaves are Splitting, How to Get Rid of Mealybugs, or Repotting Succulents the Right Way.

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Are Coffee Grounds Good for Succulents?

Tons of people throw their old coffee grounds into the compost pile and use the compost in their garden with good results. But as you all know, what works for other plants doesn’t always work for succulents, especially when it comes to fertilizer!

Succulents are more easily burned by chemical fertilizers than other plants, so there’s always a risk that your succulent babies could get damaged when you use them. Could coffee be a better alternative to harsh chemical fertilizers, or is it too acidic for your plants? One thing is for sure, it’s great to drink!

Today, we’re going to tell you whether or not your succulents will love coffee as much as you do! By the end of this post, you’ll have all the info you need to decide if your coffee grounds should go in your succulent pot or in your garbage can, so keep reading!

Are Coffee Grounds Good for Succulents?
Are coffee grounds good for succulents

Nutrients in Coffee

Coffee grounds are about 2% nitrogen, which is why they benefit plant health and get thrown into compost piles. Brewed coffee has some pretty great nutrients too—potassium and magnesium. Nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium are essential nutrients that your plant babies need. If the soil you plant them in doesn’t have enough of these minerals, their leaves will start to turn pale and they won’t be able to grow. Yikes!

That’s why it’s so important to fertilize your succulents, especially if their home is an adorable little pot like this one or a rustic driftwood planter, which you can learn how to make with our article here. After a while of living in that container, your succulents will use up all the available macronutrients in the soil, so you’ll have to add some nutrients back in to keep them healthy. 

Coffee seems like a great way to do that because it has so many vital nutrients… but is it too acidic for your plants?

Are Coffee Grounds Good for Succulents?
Nutrients in coffee

Coffee is Acidic, But That’s Good For Your Plants!

OK, we know what you’re thinking… acid? How can that be good for my plants? But most plants, succulents included, actually grow best in slightly acidic conditions.

It all comes down to pH levels. The tap water you use to water your plants has a slightly alkaline pH of around 8, but plants tend to grow best in slightly acidic soil. They like a pH between 5.8 and 7. So whenever you water your plants, you’re pushing the pH higher than they actually like it!

So using something slightly acidic, like coffee, as a fertilizer can actually help rebalance the pH and return it to the levels that your plant baby prefers.

We’ve seen succulent growers online report good results from planting their succulents in mildly acidic soil. Several people said their succulents looked healthier and bloomed more frequently. Those are just some of the benefits you can expect from fertilizing your succulents with coffee and paying attention to the pH levels of the soil!

Are Coffee Grounds Good for Succulents?
Coffee is acidic, but that’s good for your plants!

Use Diluted Coffee on Potted Succulents, Not Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds from your favorite coffee brand will work as fertilizer outside in your garden, but they won’t work on potted plants. Pots don’t have enough microbes hanging out in them to break down the coffee grounds into a form that your succulent can use. If you brew the coffee grounds into coffee and dilute it, though, it will work well as an alternative to chemical fertilizer!

Brew up a cup of your least favorite coffee—you wouldn’t want to waste the good stuff on your plants—and then dilute it with some water. You should use equal amounts of coffee and water on your plants. So if you brewed eight ounces of coffee, make sure to add eight ounces of tap water to it. 

Now you can use that diluted coffee to water your plants just like you usually do. Test out this DIY fertilizer a few times during your succulent’s active growing season to see if your plant baby likes it!

Take a look at the 5 benefits of having succulents!

Are Coffee Grounds Good for Succulents?
Use diluted coffee on potted succulents, not coffee grounds

Using Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

Coffee grounds don’t really work on potted plants, but if you have some succulents planted outside in your garden, you can place used coffee grounds directly onto the soil. As the coffee grounds break down, they’ll add nitrogen to the soil, which is a vital nutrient for succulents. They’ll also help aerate the soil and improve drainage, and may even suppress weeds and keep pests away.

Just remember not to add unbrewed coffee grounds to the soil—their high caffeine content can be bad for your plants! Brewed coffee grounds have a lot less caffeine, so they’re safe to use.

Are Coffee Grounds Good for Succulents?
Using coffee grounds in your garden

Now that you know the benefits of fertilizing your succulents with coffee and coffee grounds, are you going to do it? We were hesitant at first, but after learning more, we’re excited to try it out!

Continue your succulent knowledge and read some additional Succulent City articles! Take a look at Everything You Need to Know About Air Plants, Everything You Didn’t Know About the Star Cactus, or Succulents with Orange Flowers!

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Did this article help answer your succulent-care questions? We sure hope so! If not, no worries. Succulent City is devoted to aiding all succulent lovers, and that’s why we created a line of ebook guides! Check out our in-depth tips on The Correct Way to Water Succulents or even The Most Common Issues Amongst Succulent Growers today!

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