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Why Succulents Turn Yellow?

succulents turn yellow

If any part of your succulents turn yellow or transparent, you are overwatering it. How this happens can vary, and are based on a number of factors.

But before we dive into that, it is important to understand how succulents operate. Succulents are not used to having access to lots of water, so their shallow roots suck up water and store it in their leaves or stem in preparation for dry periods. Succulents literally just do not know when enough is enough and will drink themselves to death. And when they drink to much, they turn yellow or transparent, soften up and turn to mush.

Soil
A porous soil is key to keeping your succulents healthy. The more porous, the better and faster the soil will drain. We advise you let soil completely dry out between the watering sessions.

Aeration
A lack of airflow is another important and often overlooked factor to succulents turning yellow. The more airflow available to the succulent and it’s soil, the faster it will dry out.

Container
Containers like glass and plastic retain more water. They also do not breathe. These pots will work fine if you are extra careful with watering. Terra cotta and ceramic containers are excellent options, mostly because they breathe better and keep the soil dry.
It is also important to have containers that have a drainage hole. If you don’t be extra careful with watering.

Watering
Ideally, you have a drainage hole, the right succulent soil, excellent aeration, and a proper succulent container. If you have all this, water the soil evenly and thoroughly.
If you don’t have all the ideal elements, it’s fine. As long as you err on the side of less watering, the succulents should be fine.
Only water the soil when it is bone dry. Outdoor succulents will need to be watered more often than indoor ones.
Follow these tips and you will never have succulents turn yellow again.

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