How to Revive Dying Succulent Plants

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Succulent plants are a popular choice among gardeners and indoor plant lovers. They are easy to care for, low-maintenance, and can add some nice color to your home or office. Succulents are hardy plants, but they can still die if neglected. Luckily, you can revive your dying succulent plants and restore their full glory. Here are tips on how to revive dying succulent plants.

Common Reasons for Dying Succulents

The leading reasons for succulent plants dying are;

  • Overwatering: Succulents are drought-resistant houseplants that prefer less watering. Overwatering succulents in poor drawing soil can lead to root rot. Signs of overwatering problems include succulent leaves or stem turning brown yellow or leaves having a mushy texture.
  • Underwatering: Succulents are drought resistant, but they can’t survive with no water. Signs of underwatering on your succulents include leaves shriveling or wrinkling with a sagging appearance. The leaves may also have a crispy texture.
  • Pests problems: Succulent plants can grow healthy if you follow proper watering and pest control measures. Common pests infestations on succulents include spider mites, mealybugs, and fungus gnats. The signs of pests infestation will depend on the type of pest and the variety of your succulent plant. It is easier to control pests if you detect them early.

How to Revive Succulent Plants

Reviving Overwatered Succulents

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Succulents can die as a result of overwatering, which causes root rot. By detecting the overwatering problems (yellowing of leaves) early enough. Here is what to do;

  • Remove the succulent plant from its container, shake off as much wet soil as you can from the roots.
  • Lay the plant in a bright but indirect sunlight spot for like a week to dry. This period will allow moisture to dry out, removing any probable cause of root rot.
  • Replant the succulents in another container pot (with good drainage holes) using fresh and well-draining planting soil.
  • Watering should be done after a week and not immediately after repotting your succulents.

Reviving Underwatered Succulents

It is easier to save underwatered succulents through water therapy. This is the quickest way to replenish the water supply to underwatered succulents. Here’s how to do it:

  • Get a container and fill it with water. 
  • Proceed and remove your succulents from their containers, shake the soil off the roots. You can run these roots underwater to ascertain they are free from soil. Any soil traces left on the roots can cause root rot when the roots are immense in water, so avoid this.
  • Carefully put the succulent roots in the container filled with water. Ensure the leaves and stems don’t come into contact with the water. Leave the roots to water bathe for about 24 to 72 hours.
  • Take the plant from the water and allow the roots to dry before repotting.

Saving Infested Succulents

Infestation of pests on succulents is a common occurrence. In severe cases, the infestation can significantly affect the growth rates of your succulents. You can prevent this severity by inspecting your plants frequently.

If your plants already have some infestations;

  • Identify the type of infestation; different pests require different treatment.
  • You can use your fingernails or tweezers to scrape off the pests from your succulents.
  • As an alternative, you can use a garden hose to spray the pests off your plants. Ensure the spray is not too powerful to damage your plants. 
  • After removing all the pests from your succulents, apply a systemic insecticide to prevent the pests from coming back. Applying this insecticide will make your plant poisonous to pests.


Succulents are dry-resistant houseplants. However, these plants can also die due to overwatering and underwatering, while pests can affect their growth. Fortunately, you can save them using the tips above.

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