How to Make Succulents Grow Fast?

How to Make Succulents Grow Fast
How to make succulents grow fast

How to make succulents grow fast? This is one of the most exciting questions I asked to myself back when I was started. In this post, I will be sharing with you some of the things I learned along the way to grow my succulents in easy and fast ways.

Succulents are some of the most amazing variety of plants that can grow easily with minimal care requirements. However, if these plants don’t get what they need, they don’t grow fast and beautifully.

So, how can you make succulents grow fast?

Well, the best thing you can do is to make sure that you pick good quality succulents and provide them with the right soil, pot, amount of sunlight, and water.

In this post, I will share with you the techniques that you can use to make succulent grow faster as they could.

Here are the things you need to put into consideration.

1) Choosing Healthy Plants

First of all, you should pick a good quality of the succulent plant. It must be good looking and healthy.

If you are going to buy a seedling or baby plant, the first thing that you may consider is that you should select a seedling with a green color. There is a high chance that you pick. If the leaves have a brown color even if it is a whole leaf or shallow part, you shouldn’t buy those.

However, you should also consider the variety of the plant. This is because some succulents have brown color or spots on their leaves but they are healthy. What I mean by this is that not all brown color plants are unhealthy.

In addition, there are succulents that have pale color too. Paleness, however, is a sign of underwatering or lack of sunlight.

If you see your succulents turning into pale, check the moisture in the soil or its location because it may be begging for water or sunlight.

2) Choosing the Right Soil

Soil is another very important ingredient in growing succulents fast. You should buy mixed soils on the succulents’ vendor or simply do it on your own. If you want to do it, try to consult with an expert for a better result.

You have to remember that succulents, although versatile, they don’t grow well in a compact soil. What they love is the type of soil mix that promotes aeration and water drainage.

Related: Best Soil for Succulents in Pots

3) Pick A Pot with Good Drainage

After having a good quality of well-mixed soil you should also have a good quality pot to allow excess water to drain. Make sure that you’re using a pot that has a drainage hole in it.

The reason why you should use a pot with drainage holes is that succulents can die if exposed to overwatering. Pots without drainage holes tend to store water at the bottom of the pot which will in turn cause root rot.

So, whatever type of pots you’re using, make sure they have drainage holes. Not only this will eliminate excess water, but it will also make the watering easier.

4) Make sure they get enough sunlight

You should always remember that succulent plants need a certain amount of sunshine exposure. But they could get burned if exposed to too much sunlight.

If you are growing succulents outdoor, you need to place under direct sunlight for at least 4-6 hours a day.

This sunlight requirement is a challenge if you grow succulents indoor. This is because the temperature inside is very different from the outside.

The solution is to place your succulents near the window just to get sunlight in the morning. For long rainy or winter season, you can use grow lights or improvise sunlight for your succulents.

The one that I recommend is the LED grow light (check my favorite grow light on Amazon). This helps the succulents survive in an indoor environment.

5) Enough Water

Like sunlight, succulents need enough water. Although succulents are versatile plants, they cannot stand too much moisture or water.

The best way to avoid overwatering is by using a soak and dry method. This strategy is simple. When watering, soak the root of the succulents then let it dry. Water again if the soil is completely dry.

6) Be Patient

The patient is a virtue. And that is true in all aspects of life. Growing succulents also requires patience. Just like anything in life, growing succulents take time. But there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the plants gradually grow.

How long does it take for a succulent to grow?

Well, the answer to this question depends on many factors. Some succulents do grow fast while others are not. This is due to its size. There are succulents that only grow for several inches. While other varieties reach up to several feet.

But generally, you see the growth in several days or weeks. Again, you should take the variety of succulent plant into consideration.

The growth period is also influential in the growth of the succulents. Not all succulents are equal. Some grow in any given season while others are dormant.

The best thing to do if you really want to know how fast your succulents grow is to know what variety you are growing. This way you’ll know what could potentially affect or help succulents grow faster.

The good news is that there are succulents known to be fast growers. Some of them are Echeveria, Graptoveria, Kalanchoe, Aloe, Sedum, Graptosedum and Crassula.

If there are fast growers, there are also slow growers. Examples of these varieties are the Haworthia and Gasteria.

Final Thoughts on How to Make Succulents Grow Fast

The amount and quality of care you give to your succulents, in most cases, determine the growth of the plants.

That said, if you give them what you need, they will faster and healthier than you expect them to be. On the other hand, poor care is detrimental to succulents.

In my experience, the common causes of succulent deaths are either overwatering or underwatering. Either case is bad. As you might already know, succulents don’t like too much or too little water.

I hope that you get something from this post that will help your succulent plants thrive. If you want more information about succulent growing, visit my Succulent Guide.


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

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