The Aquatic Secret: Growing Succulents in Water - Splashy Succulents 🌊

Yes, it is possible to grow succulent plants in water, but it is not the most ideal method of care for these unique plants. While succulents are known for their ability to store water in their leaves and stems, they still require a well-draining soil mix to thrive. Growing succulents in water, also known as water propagation or hydroponic care, can be a fun experiment or a temporary solution, but it is not a long-term sustainable option for their overall health and growth.

Succulents are adapted to survive in arid environments, where water is scarce. Their specialized leaves and stems allow them to store water, which they can use during periods of drought. However, when succulents are grown in water, their roots do not have access to the oxygen they need to survive. Over time, this lack of oxygen can lead to root rot and ultimately the death of the plant.

If you are interested in trying water propagation or hydroponic care for your succulents, here are some important tips to keep in mind:

1. Choose the right succulents: Not all succulents are suitable for water culture. Some succulents, such as Sedum morganianum (Burro's Tail) and Crassula ovata (Jade Plant), have thicker leaves and can tolerate being grown in water for short periods. However, most succulents are not adapted to this type of care and will not thrive in water.

2. Use clean water: When growing succulents in water, it is crucial to use clean, filtered water. Tap water may contain chemicals, such as chlorine or fluoride, which can harm the plants. Let the water sit for 24 hours to allow any chlorine to dissipate before using it.

3. Change the water regularly: To prevent the buildup of bacteria and algae, it is important to change the water every week or two. Rinse the roots gently with clean water before placing the succulent back in its container.

4. Provide adequate light: Succulents need bright, indirect light to grow and thrive. Place your water-grown succulents near a window where they can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. If natural light is limited, you can supplement with a grow light.

5. Transition to soil: While water propagation can be a fun way to propagate succulents and watch them grow roots, it is essential to eventually transition them to a well-draining soil mix. Once the roots have developed, carefully remove the succulent from the water and plant it in a pot with a succulent-specific soil mix.

In conclusion, while succulents can be grown in water for short periods or as an experiment, it is not the best long-term care option for their overall health and growth. Succulents thrive in well-draining soil mixes that allow their roots to access oxygen. If you want to ensure the longevity and success of your succulents, it is recommended to plant them in a suitable soil mix and provide them with proper care, including adequate light, water, and occasional fertilization.

Rick Terry
Art, painting, succulent arrangements

Rick Terry is a master in the art of succulent arrangements and terrarium creation. His passion lies in exploring a variety of colors and textures to concoct unique and intriguing designs. Outside of his succulent world, Rick channels his creativity into painting and sketching, further honing his artistic skills.