It can be quite frustrating when you put a lot of work and effort into growing your succulents but you see nothing in return. You succulent simply isn't growing. As a succulent amateur, I have definitely experienced this in the past. Let's have a look at what I did to make my succulents grow again and what to do with yours!
Your succulents stop growing when the conditions aren't optimal. Succulents have specific growing requirements in order to keep them happily growing. In my case, my succulents just needed a little bit more light and attention. Now let's look at what might be the case for you!
Why your succulent isn't growing
Succulents may have the reputation of being very easy to grow, which many of us have proven completely wrong. Your succulent is a specialized houseplant that needs certain conditions to be able to keep actively growing. These conditions are not difficult to create but are often overlooked.
For example, you have to make sure your succulent gets enough direct sunlight, gets the proper amount of water and gets fresh nutrients from time to time. Within this blog post, we will go over a simple guideline you can stick to and make sure your succulent stays growing happily for years to come.
The soil your succulent is planted in will also affect its growth performance. There are probably hundreds of what will be claimed "best" soil mixtures. In reality, I aim to have a mixture of about 1/3 washed sand, 1/3 soil and 1/3 gritty amendment such as pumice (volcanic rock).
If your soil mixture contains to much sand it will compact your soil and make a very heavy mix. This will result in the roots of your succulents being unable to grow deeper into the planter pot, and therefore not grow.
If otherwise, your soil mixture contains to much soil with not enough gritty amendment (adding drainage) your soil mixture would stay to wet. This would rather result in the roots of your succulent rotting than your succulent stopping from growing.
Yes, the size of your planter does matter, if your planter pot is too big, your succulent might only be growing roots instead of growing your succulent itself. It will fill your planter with roots first before growing your succulent. If otherwise, your planter pot is to small your succulent will be unable to grow sufficient roots to sustain your plant. This will make your succulent stop growing.
Like most other plants, your succulents won't grow at the same pace all year round. With fluctuations in environmental influences, most succulents will go through growth phases where they grow less (dormancy) or grow more (actively growing).
Even with the best care, some species of succulents will go into a dormant state for several months. This typically happens during the winter months when temperatures drop. If an otherwise healthy succulent that normally does well on the amount of water received begins to shrivel or stops growing, it is probably going into a dormant period. When the weather warms up, it will return to its normal state and start to actively grow again.
How to make your succulents growing again
Most succulents will grow during the warm summer months and not grow at all during the winter months. During the summer months, you should put them out on the patio or in front of a sunny window. The best way to ensure growth is to place them outside into full to at least partial sun with protection from heavy rain.
But remember that the more sun they get, the more water they’ll need. You can leave your succulents outside from about Easter till the end of November, just before the first killing freeze of the year.
Even when you think your succulents get enough sunlight throughout the day. Make sure your plants get the early morning sun as well, this is the sunlight they like the most.
Just like with any other garden or houseplant, fertilizing your succulent plants will help them adapt, actively grow and even multiply if that’s one of their characteristics. Succulent fertilizer requirements are very easy. Any good houseplant food (diluted to half) that’s higher in phosphorus than nitrogen is a good choice.
At a minimum, you should fertilize your succulent plants once a year. But if you’re really organized and can set up a schedule, feeding them 2-3 times per year in the spring, summer and fall will easily satisfy your succulent fertilizer requirements.
This may sound a little harsh, but remember to be patient! Succulents are slow-growing plants, and if you make any changes to help your succulent adapt, it will take a few days or even weeks/months to see any results.