Why Are Your Potted Succulents Dying?

Do you ever have dying succulents and you just don’t know what to do? If yes, you would want to continue reading on this.

Sometime when you look at your dying succulent, you just can’t find any obvious sign of infestation. In addition, you will find that the appearance of the plant is looking quite healthy. So what is actually happen to the succulent?

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Let’s see what are the reasons that can cause your succulent dying.

Over Watering

This is the major issue for most people who are having the succulents dying problem. This is something that all of us have done at some point. So why does watering kill a plant? Well, a few things begin to happen when you overwater your succulents.

They become very susceptible to disease which can kill them. You actually drown your succulents as they need some air and oxygen around the root area. So if the roots are sitting in water, then the plant begins to literally drown.

It tends to happen during winter where your succulents got over-watered because they’re growing much slower in the winter and they don’t use as much water as they did in other seasons.

If you notice your succulents begin to turn brown or yellowish, you should stop watering it and letting it dry out. Once it is dry out, it may begin to get some nice new growth and the plant will continue to thrive.

Succulents don’t like soaking wet. That was the problem if your succulents are sitting in water for several weeks and one of the repercussions of that is that the leaves will begin to fall off.

They can fall off quite quickly so you need to stop watering it when you seeing some new leaves start to come out.

Move The Plant Out of Its Position

Sometimes they can lose their leaves if you move the plant out of its normal position. This could cause it to abort the flower. So when it’s coming into flower do not move your cactus or succulents.

Keep It Too Dry

Also, if you keep it too dry, it can also drop the leaves. So make sure you keep it well-watered during the budding stage.

Save Energy for Other Leaves

The main reason why some succulents drop their leaves or flowers for the reason of saving energy. They can look dying even you have kept it well watered. This is because the plant is not having enough energy to raise all the leaves.

In order for it to continue to survive, it will start to drop some leaves so the energy can be distributed to others.


Different succulents are having different life span. Some may die after a few years and some can live up to 100 years. For example, Hens and Chicks has a lifespan of 3 years on the lower end. While for the Jade Plant, it is a life time plant where it can live for many years, like 70 to 100 years.

So if your succulent is dying, it is something because of its life span been reached.

Read also: How To Save A Dying Jade Plant

Pest Invasion

We’re talking about a lot of critters that have kind of invaded our area or have blossomed in terms of their populations because so many of us are turning to the kinds of plants that Jeff

I love succulents but these beautiful plants that do so well in hot weather all have pests that seem to be particularly attracted to them.

People buy those plants because they are so low maintenance and when pest pop up, they’re kind of shocked because they actually have to do something with them or their succulents will die.

It’s very devastating to a gardener where they can lose most of their succulents to pest. The blossoming of insect populations is because they are following our habits. Many people are turning to succulents as a kind of architectural piece in the landscape and they are very low maintenance.

Once they’re established they’re great plants to have. But pest is just a terrible pest when you found them in your yard.


Some succulents are dying because of diseases. There are some common diseases that can infect the life of succulents.

Viral Disease

The viral disease is one kind of disease that can be infected by succulents. Most of the time, succulents are getting viruses through insects when the insects are feeding on the succulent sap. To prevent viral disease, you need to take good care of your succulents by making sure there is no insect come close to them.

Fungal Disease

Fungal tend to caused by cold weather like wintertime or raining season. When your succulents get wet and cold for a certain period of time, the fungal will start to be found on the plant. If you didn’t treat them, your succulent may end up dying.


This disease is caused by excess fluid retention. What happens is when they are deprived of moisture for a long time, and they get too much moisture, the cell inside of their leaves gets rupture. This can also cause little lesions on the outside of the plant and turn the leaves into a cork-like texture. This disease is especially common in Jade.

Why Are The Bottom Leaves Of Your Succulents Dying?

when the lower leaves on your succulents start to die or look bad, it can put you into a panic and cause you to find all kinds of remedies to try in order to save your succulent.

But there might not actually be any cause for alarm. I’m going to discuss what the lower leaves of your succulents are telling you and whether or not you actually have a problem.

First, let’s talk about dried-up leaves on the bottom of your succulent. This is actually something that’s really normal for succulents and all of the leaves at some point are going to die just like any other plant.

The lower leaves will eventually die off and make room for the new growth. Sometimes this happens in a month and sometimes it happens maybe over the course of a year. This can vary depending on the type of succulent you have.

However, if you notice that an unusually high number of leaves are shriveling up and dying, it’s likely there is something wrong going on and if the leaves are dry, it’s most likely that your succulent isn’t getting enough water. In this case, you’ll want to gradually increase your watering frequency.

Making sure that you’re using the soak and dry method to ensure your succulents are getting a good deep watering and then have that period of time to dry out to enable really healthy root growth. Don’t make any drastic changes to your watering frequency over the next few weeks and your succulent will begin to look better. The new growth will perk up, be healthy and firm.

You’ll notice that the lower leaves on the succulents that are already dried up won’t recover or come back alive. But you may notice new growth on this stem where those leaves used to be. If you find that instead of drying up, the lower leaves on your succulents are turning yellow or translucent, this is a sign that they’re getting too much water your first inclination may be that you’re watering it too frequently.

Using a dense soil or a soil that doesn’t drain can actually be just as problematic. You’ll first want to make sure that your succulent is in well-draining soil. If it is, then start to gradually reduce your watering frequency. It’s probably a good idea also to leave your succulent for about a week without water. Making sure that soil is completely dry from top to bottom after letting the soil dry out completely.

You’ll want to make sure you are watering less frequently. You may not want to make drastic changes again because that can be problematic. But you will want to make sure you’re allowing a few more days between each watering.


If your succulent is not in well-draining soil, you’ll want to repot your succulent and make sure you’re using a soil that works really well for succulents like the bonsai jack mix. When you’re replanting you want to make sure that these succulent roots are dry and also that the soil you’re going to be placing them into is dry.

Once you have repotted, let it sit for two to three days before you start watering again. This will give it adequate time for the roots to heal. It will give it a good dry spell so that it’s ready to receive more water. You can probably use the same watering frequency that you were before but this new soil will allow your succulent to get that dry period it needs.

Just keep an eye on your succulent and make sure that as you make adjustments, things are improving. Those lower leaves might not look any different and for a little bit, a few more leaves might start to die. But as long as the new growth is healthy, firm and looks vibrant, your succulent is improving and the watering changes you’ve made are working.

Also, make sure that you remember that the lower leaves on succulents will die eventually. So you want to look at the new growth and the upper growth to make sure it’s healthy before you make changes. Assume that there’s a problem I’d love to know if you tend to overwater or underwater your succulents.

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