Can Succulents Survive Rain?

Can Succulents Survive Rain
Can Succulents Survive Rain

Can succulents survive rain? In this post, let’s talk about this question. If you have the same query, then you’re in the right place.

We all know that water is very essential to a plant. When there’s rain, we don’t worry enough. In fact, we’ll be thankful for the rain because it means we don’t have to water the outdoor plants.

But when growing succulents, the rainy season could somehow be alarming. The rain brings too much water that may cause some issues with the growth of the succulent plants.

So, can succulents survive rain?

Well, to some extent, rain can have some benefits to the succulent plants. But generally, succulents do not commonly survive with it. This is because succulents especially the soft ones could not survive in too much moisture or water.

But a good amount of rain can nurture and actually help a succulent to glow, to be alive or flourish. The following are some of the benefits that succulents can get from enough rain:

  • rain can clean a succulent by removing the dirt out of it that’s restraining photosynthesis;
  • rain can also wash away salts and damaging chemicals that came from the soil;
  • and lastly, rain can give nitrogen that is important to the growth of a succulent plant

Succulents are said to be better in regions where yearly rainfall is not exceeding 25 inches or not more than 20 inches. It’s okay to let the succulent under the pouring rain but too much or excessive rain might destroy your succulent plant.

Excessive amounts of water can make the roots of a succulent plant decompose especially if the soil is too drenched.

Here are things you can do during a rainy season:

  • Place your succulents under your home’s eaves.
  • Make sure to have patio umbrellas that have strong bases to protect the succulent plants from heavy rain. This will also help to keep the soil from draining.
  • You can also put pumice around the soil of the plant. Pumice can absorb excess moisture that’s coming from the soil.

After the rainy season, you can cover your succulent plants with fabric or frost cloth to protect the succulent from the scourging sun. Do not use a plastic cover because it may only damage the plant by restricting light and air for your succulents and it traps moistures.

For the proper watering of succulents in pots and in-ground, you should always remember and keep in your mind that it is important to keep the soil moist enough like a wet sponge. The fatter the plant is, the more capable it is to store water in its tissues.

Thus, it needs less amount of water. But when it’s not, water thoroughly the plant to wet-down the roots and to be able to wash away the salts and dust from it.

Many people who grow succulents often asked if it is needed to be drenched, drain and dry. For me, it is good practice. I call it the soak and dry method.

This means that, when watering succulents, make sure that the roots and soil receive enough water. And the best way to do that is by soaking. Then, give the succulent water if the soil gets completely dry.

Overwatering may cause root rot. Although a succulent may grow new roots, keep in mind that the old or dead roots may damage the plant as the rotten roots can harbor pathogens or bacteria and viruses that can spread across the healthy tissues of the plant.

Cacti, however, seem to be the needier for the rain especially the Opuntia. Opuntia cacti (the round and flat cacti) rapidly grow new pads that maybe twice the size of the old pad in just a matter of weeks.

Also, the ribbed cacti (the long that shapes like an oblong) pops and stretches out whenever they sink or have heavy contact with water. They are simple plants yet very beautiful they grow.

What is the Best Way to Protect Succulents from Heavy Rain?

To protect your succulents from heavy rain, it is better to have a tent or shelter that can protect your plant. The tent should be made from fiberglass panels and the bars are made from metal to make it strong enough.

The tent should be tall enough to allow aeration for the succulents.

When planting a succulent soil, it should be on a rocky and elevated area as it helps the water to easily drain.

Succulent plants mostly prefer to be planted in a pot that drains water quickly. Some people grow succulents in areas where there is not much enough water that can soak into the soil and water may drain or wash away easily.

This keeps the succulents safe, especially during the rainy season. You can also have a free draining soil to your plant by putting a potting mix.

Make sure that it has good quality; perlite or fine will also work. Keep in mind that when you add sand into the soil, the succulents will have difficulty in growing because when the soil becomes wet, it will be heavy and the roots will be deprived of oxygen.

To make your succulents happy and in good condition outdoor, always place them where water drains easily. Allow your succulents to breathe by proving soil that can supply enough oxygen.

Better to put them in a place where they can have enough sunlight. It also helps drains excess water more quickly.

Final Thoughts on Can Succulents Survive Rain

Rain is essential to succulents. But it can also harm these tiny pretty plants. Some succulent variety though can survive. But the majority do not.

My final word is that always treat your succulent plants, especially because indeed, they are special. They may be versatile but vulnerable to some environmental conditions.

While there is no general rule on how to protect succulents from heavy rain, it is always a good idea to provide them shade.

To learn more about succulents, visit my Succulent Growing guide.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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