How to Make Succulents Grow Faster – Beginner’s Guide

Succulents may be the prettiest houseplants you can get your hands on, but their slow growth can be a bit of a bore sometimes. It gets boring after a while waiting for the plant to show the tiniest sign of growth. That’s why we’ll tell you here how to make succulents grow faster.

If you’re putting too many succulents in one pot, separating them will cause them to grow faster. They’ll also grow faster if you make sure they’re getting enough light and the right temperature.

In this article, we’ll explain the main factors affecting their growth and how to make them grow faster.

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1.   Provide Appropriate Lighting

Succulents need plenty of lighting to grow. The amount of light needed depends on the species of your succulent, but most types have the same requirements.

They need at least six hours of direct sunlight daily or through the windowsill. Artificial lights like full-spectrum LED grow lights can be used too if sunlight is not an option.

It’s important to note that direct light indoors is not as strong as outdoors since the window filters it. This matters only if you have an indoor succulent and plan to move it outside. The sudden change in sun exposure can lead to burns on the leaves. So, this change should be done gradually.

If the plant is receiving less light than required, you will notice it growing incredibly slowly or showing a leggy appearance.

Meanwhile, if the plant is receiving too much light, it will show signs of discoloration or some brownish spots. That’s why it’s vital to provide just the right amount of light.

2.   Provide the Right Pot

Your succulent may be growing slowly because it’s confined in a small pot. Or, the pot may not be draining the water efficiently, which causes stunted growth due to root rot.

When choosing a pot for your succulent, prioritize clay pots because they offer excellent ventilation.

If you already have a plastic pot, don’t worry; you can still use it. However, the plastic pot should be about two or more inches bigger than the plant, giving it enough room to thrive and grow. If your pot is smaller, it’s time for a new one.

Read more: How to Plant Succulents in a Terrarium?

3.   Make Sure the Soil Is Well-Draining

Succulents are highly prone to root rot if their soil isn’t well-draining. They can’t handle too much moisture, so if anything goes wrong with their soil, you may see them growing slower.

Generally, a succulent’s soil should be grainy with a lot of perlite, and it should be loose enough to let water through quickly. If the soil isn’t fulfilling these conditions, you may want to create a new soil mix and repot the plant.

4.   Water the Succulent Properly

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Overwatering is one of the most common reasons for slow growth in succulents, and it can sometimes cause root rot if the pot doesn’t have drainage holes.

Before watering the plant, place your finger in the soil to test the waters(literally!). If you can feel moisture, abstain from watering the plant until the first 2 inches of the soil are dry.

When the soil is entirely dry, water the succulent thoroughly until the entire soil is wet and water runs out of the pot’s drainage hole.

The water requirement varies depending on:

  • The season
  • The plant’s size
  • The soil
  • The pot’s size

During the warm seasons, the plant needs more water, so you can water it once a week. During the colder seasons, it’s usually enough to water it once every couple of weeks or even monthly.

5.   Adjust the Temperature

Succulents are dependable plants that adapt to a wide range of temperature fluctuations. As they thrive in desert-like conditions, they’re used to high temperatures in the morning and low nighttime temperatures; that temperature difference actually helps accelerate the flower’s bud formation.

However, unless you have a greenhouse, it’s quite a challenge to imitate these conditions. That’s especially if you live in a cold area. The best you can do is provide an ambient temperature of 40–80 degrees F. If the temperature is lower than that, it may be the reason for your succulent’s slow growth.

6.   Separate the Succulent

Having your plants in one pot together is a very enjoyable sight. However, that beautiful crowd can be the reason why your plants are not growing.

When you’re growing two or more succulents in one pot, there’s a chance the nutrients aren’t enough for them. This will ultimately cause them to compete, and they’ll grow slower than usual because they can’t get all the nutrients they need. They’ll use all the water and light available to survive, so there won’t be enough for growth.

The best thing to do is to separate the succulents and keep each one in its pot with different soil.

Also Check: How to Prepare Soil for Succulents

7.   Loosen the Roots

If you want your succulent to grow faster, you should spread its roots from time to time. Succulents crowd their roots in a circle, which may cause slowed growth. You can easily fix that by loosening the roots using your fingers.

The way to do it is simple. Add a few drops of water to loosen the soil, then very gently take the plant out of the soil. Avoid using any sharp object to prevent any damage to the root system.

When the succulent is out, shake the soil off the roots using your fingers. Then, plant the roots again in new soil, trying to keep the roots loosened without crowding them.

8.   Treat Pest Infestations

Pests are rarely considered a threat to succulents. But, if you notice scales or mealybugs on your plant, wipe them off with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. The infestation may grow bigger and affect the whole plant, so it’s better to act early.

It’s worth noting, though, that if there’s another reason for the succulent’s slow growth, treating the pest infestation may not make much of a difference. However, it’s still necessary to maintain a healthy plant.

9.   Prevent Physical Damage

Any physical damage can slow down your succulent’s growth or even cause it to stop completely.

In fact, most plants will show slow growth when they’re physically harmed because the nutrients they take will be focused on healing rather than growth.

Keep your succulent safe by keeping it on a high shelf that’s out of reach. If the succulent is on a table or a low surface, it may be subject to kids’ attacks.

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10. Remove the Offsets

If your only goal for your succulent is to grow faster, don’t let the offsets bloom. These offsets consume the plant’s energy and nutrients, so if you don’t want a new plant growing out of this one, it’s better to remove them as soon as they appear.

As the offset is forming, snip its stem at the base; this will stop the growth and redirect the plant’s energy toward growing rather than blooming.

Wrap-Up: How to Make Your Succulents Grow Faster

By now, you should know that succulents’ growth depends on plenty of factors. Here’s a round-up to sum it up:

  • The amount of direct light the plant receives
  • The type of pot and its drainage
  • The soil mix and its draining capabilities
  • The amount of water given to the plant
  • The room available for the roots to grow

If your succulent grows slowly, keep an eye on the factors mentioned above to identify the problem correctly and how to fix it. And, try to protect it from physical damage by keeping it on a high shelf.