How long does it take to grow a succulent? In this post, I will share with you what I learned throughout the years of growing succulents. If you are interested, read until the end of this post.
Succulents are exciting to grow. No wonder why many of the first time growers want to grow these plants fast. But how fast do succulents grow?
There are many factors that affect the growth of succulent plants. Those factors include the variety of the plant, the growing conditions, and your own perception on what is fast or slow growing.
The truth is that succulents are not the same. There are varieties that can grow quicker than others. Some of them achieve tremendous growth for just several weeks while others need years to attain the same growth.
What Makes Succulents Grow Faster?
As mentioned, there are several factors that shape the growth of succulent plants. One of which is growth period. Every year, succulents have dormant and growing season.
In most cases, winter is when most succulents are dormant and do not actively growing. Most succulents grow actively in summer.
The other factor is the environment where succulent plants are growing. The environmental factor includes the sunlight, the type of soil being used, temperature, and humidity.
Succulents that have the appropriate sunlight exposure, soil, temperature, and humidity grow faster and thrive.
Are There Fast Growing Succulents?
As mentioned earlier, there are some varieties that grow faster than others. I listed below some of the succulent varieties that grow faster.
Number 1 in this list is Echeveria. This succulent usually grows fast in spring and summer seasons. One of the indicators that the plant grows healthily is the leaves in the center of the plant. When you see those little leaves, it means that your echeveria is growing well. Echeveria also usually blooms during these months.
This succulent is the relative of Echeveria which means that graptoveria has similar characteristics to the former. That said, graptoveria also blooms in summer.
If you are looking for a succulent variety that grows fast, Kalanchoe can be your best choice. Within weeks, Kalanchoe can be grown out of seeds or cuttings. The good thing about Kalanchoe is that it only requires little to no effort.
4. Aloe Vera
There are many kinds of Aloe Vera. If you are looking for fast-growing aloe vera, then the arborescens, and barbadensis are best for you. These plants can grow from 2 to 6 inches for a year.
There are many types of Sedum that can be hybridized with each other. The good thing about sedum is that they are resilient and require less care. They can occupy any vacant space in your garden.
Aside from these examples, there are many fast-growing succulent plants you can find. The five that I share in this post are the ones that I am familiar with.
If you want to find more, you can ask your friends or do research online. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, maybe you might want to speed up the growth of your existing succulents.
The truth is that succulents have several needs that needed to be satisfied in order for them to grow healthily and fast. Let me share with you some of the simple things you can do.
Tips to Make Succulents Grow Faster
If you are a new succulent grower, you might be excited to see your plants grow. This often frustrates newbies because succulents usually do not grow fast as expected.
Succulents grow even slower if they experience lack or inappropriate care. Here are the five things you need to remember to make sure that succulents grow fast.
1. Avoid Crowded Setup
I know that making a succulent arrangement is certainly amazing. However, it is important to remember that when succulents are too crowded in the pot, they do not grow well.
Their roots will struggle to get enough nutrient. Every plant in the pot will get less resulting in poor growth. They simply fight for survival.
That said, I recommend that you do not plant more succulents in a pot. Just give enough space for the plant to breathe and grow. The best option in this case is to replant other plants.
2. Provide Good Quality Succulent Soil
Every one may agree with me when I say that soil is one of the most important factors of succulents’ growth. Using the wrong soil can detriment the growth and health of succulents.
The best soil for succulents is the one that is fast-draining (click here to check my recommended soil on Amazon). The reason for this is that succulents do not like to be soaked in too much moisture. If they do, they will suffer from root rot.
A well-draining succulent soil not only keeps the succulent safe from root rot but also provides good aeration to the plant.
3. Provide Pot with Drainage Hole
Aside from well-draining soil, it is also important to plant succulents in a pot with a drainage hole. The drainage hole of the pot will serve as an exit point to the excess water. The water should not be stored at the bottom of the pot for it could in turn cause root rot.
Trust me, you do not want to see your succulent plant wilt and die. So choose the right kind of pot for succulent plants.
4. Help Succulents Grow Fast by Spreading their Roots
As a grower, there is something you can do to speed up the growth of your succulent plants. The best thing you can do is to spread the roots. Find the crowded roots and spread them around.
Spreading the roots can help succulents explore the unoccupied space of the pot. This will enable the roots to absorb available nutrients.
What I like to do in this process is I take the succulent plant from the pot and gently squeeze the soil until it separates from the roots. However, if you do this, make sure that you don’t damage the root systems of the plants.
Once done, plant the succulent into a new pot filled with well-draining soil. Make sure that you spread the roots in the pot.
5. Take the Offsets Out from The Mother Plant Regularly
As mentioned earlier, when crowded, succulents won’t grow fast and healthy. Naturally, if the offsets are left to grow freely, they will occupy some of the space in the pot. These offsets also consume the nutrients. As a result, there will be a constant battle between the mother plant and the offsets.
The best thing you need to do is to take the offsets separated from the mother plant regularly. This will prevent crowding in the pot and also provide succulents enough nutrients to grow fast.
6. Keep Succulents Safe from Human and Pet Disturbance
Most plants are sensitive and can be damaged through physical contact. This is also true in succulent plants. Any damage on the succulent stems may take several weeks or even months to completely heal.
That said, you need to place succulent plants in a place away from pets or human disturbance. Do not place succulents in the busy part of the house because it is highly likely that they get damaged unintentionally.
Instead, provide a safe place for succulents in your house. This way, they will be able to grow fast and thrive.