Sunburnt Succulents


Sometimes, when you leave a succulent in full sunfull sun direct sunlight for at least 8 hours of the day for too long or introduce it to full sun without slowly acclimating it, it will become sunburnt, may lose its leaves and will definitely turn brown. This is not necessarily a bad thing—if you can see new growth coming out of the stem after a few days.

picture showing what sunburn on a succulent looks like
Aeonium nobilis that I put in full sun without acclimating first.

Some succulents can be sunburned when placed in direct sunlight for extended periods.

Some succulents are more susceptible to sunburn than others. If you’re looking to add some plants to your collection, we recommend purchasing a variety that isn’t as sensitive to the sun. Sunburnt succulents develop brown leaves and stems, making them unattractive but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re dead.

To prevent this from happening:

  • Place your new succulent in a shaded area where it won’t receive direct sunlight for long periods of time (ideally at least 6 hours per day). If you live in an area where there is no shade available, try using a plant stand or planter with an umbrella over it!
  • Water your new plant often enough so that its soil remains moist but not soggy—this will help reduce damage caused by dehydration from prolonged exposure to heat waves!
picture showing what sunburn on a succulent looks like
Sunburnt sedum clavatum

But there is good news! A sunburnt succulent can still recover.

But there is good news! A sunburnt succulent can still recover. The key is to give them time to heal and allow new leaves to sprout from the stem. Just be sure not to water them until you see new growth in less than a week, or else they’ll rot.

If you were wondering how long this takes, I’m afraid we don’t know for sure—it depends on your plant’s specific circumstances. In general, however: if you see new growth emerging from your succulent after about 10 days (or less), then start your care cycle as normal again!

Watering your sunburnt succulent, especially when it’s in full direct sunlight, is not recommended, as that may cause more damage to the plant.

When it comes to watering your sunburnt succulent, especially when it’s in full direct sunlight, you should definitely avoid doing so. This may cause more damage to the plant than just having a water bottle left out on its own.

The plant is in shock and needs time to recover. You can’t force-feed it with water or think that by making a few tweaks here and there will make everything all better again—it won’t! The best thing that you can do for your sunburnt succulent is allow him/her some quiet time away from any direct sunlight and let him/her rest until he/she feels like moving again.

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Graptoveria Afterglow showing signs of sunburn.

During recovery time, place your sunburnt succulents in a shaded spot with indirect sunlight.

During recovery time, place your sunburnt succulents in a shaded spot with indirect sunlight. This will help to protect them from further damage and keep their leaves green. You can provide shade by using an umbrella or some other method that keeps the sun away from your plants but still allows them to receive light. Be careful not to put too much shade on them because this can cause more harm than good! If you want more permanent protection for your plants, consider putting them under a covered porch!

If you have a succulent that has been sitting in full sun for too long, don’t water it right away – allow it some time to recover first!

If you have a succulent that has been sitting in full sun for too long, don’t water it right away – allow it some time to recover first!

The plant needs time to recover from the sunburn. You can help this process by providing shade or moving it into a shaded area where its skin will begin healing and repairing itself faster.

Shade cloth is my preferred way to protect my succulents while acclimating them to full sun. In San Diego, I’m very fortunate to be able to put my succulents in the full sun all day, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get sunburnt as shown by the pictures in this post. Here’s some shade cloth that you can use to protect your soft succies from the sun’s harsh rays:

Fertilizing Succulents


Like most plants, succulents need fertilizer to grow. But not all succulents are created equal: some require more nutrients than others do, and some types can’t tolerate fertilizers at all. Before you add any fertilizer to your garden, it’s important to understand what kind of plant it is and how much fertilizer it needs. In this article we’ll explain how often you should fertilize your succulent plants as well as what type of fertilizer works best for each type of plant—and when not to use them at all!

If you do choose fertilizer, don’t overdo it.

If you do choose to fertilize, don’t overdo it. Fertilizer can be harmful if too much is applied at one time. It should be applied in small amounts throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons to encourage healthy growth and coloration.

Fertilizing Succulents: Do’s and Don’ts

A soil with more nitrogen will cause the plants to grow more leaves and stems, but less roots and flowers

If you have soil that’s too acidic or low in nutrients, it can cause your plants to grow more leaves and stems but less roots and flowers. This is called “nitrogen deficiency.” The opposite is called “nitrogen overabundance,” which means that there’s not enough nitrogen in the soil for healthy growth of roots and flowers.

You’ll want to use fertilizer with a balancedbalanced referring to the nutrient content or NPK numbers. An example of balanced fertilizer has 15-15-15 on the label. blend of NPK (nitrogen, phosphate, potassium) levels so that each type of plant has what it needs!

Feeding your succulents too much can be harmful.

  • Too much fertilizer can cause succulents to grow too quickly.
  • Too much fertilizer can cause succulents to grow too thick.
  • Too much fertilizer can cause succulents to grow too tall.

Some types of succulents can’t tolerate fertilizer at all.

Some types of succulents can’t tolerate fertilizer at all. This is because they’re sensitive to certain nutrients, and can burn the plant if you apply too much.

If your succulent is being damaged by excess fertilizer, try using less or switching to a different type of fertilizer.

Start by adding only half the recommended amount of fertilizer and gradually increase the amount if necessary.

When it comes to fertilizing succulents, there are some rules you should follow. First and foremost, use only half the recommended amount at first and gradually increase the amount if necessary. If your plant is growing slowly or shows no signs of growth, try reducing the dose again until you find a dosage that works for your plant.

If you’re looking to add more nutrients than just nitrogen and phosphorus (P), look into using other types such as potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca). These elements can help strengthen root systems so they grow stronger over time—a great way to make sure they don’t get lost in all that dirt!

Also be careful not let too much fertilizer touch the leaves; this could lead them toward nutrient burn which means losing all their leaves except one which leads directly into death due how severe it gets when left untreated long enough.


Succulents are not hard to care for, but they may seem a little overwhelming at first. If you’re new to succulents, then it may seem like there’s a lot to learn about them. But once you get the hang of it, caring for your succulent garden will be easy and fun! We hope this guide has helped you understand some basic tips on how best to fertilize your plants without causing any harm. It’s important that we all take care of our gardens so they’ll remain healthy long into future generations.

My favorite type of fertilizer is a solid kind that I just mix into the soil. The nutrients are released slowly so as to not burn the succulents. You can find it here:

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Osmocote Solid Succulent fertilizer won’t burn your plants.

Bird’s Nest Fungus

birds nest fungus in succulent soil information

picture showing what bird's nest fungus looks like up close


Fungus is not always a bad thing. In fact, some types are used as food in some parts of the world. The plant grows a fungus that resembles birds nests. It does this for two reasons: firstly because it helps attract insects to help it spread its seeds and secondly because this way it can hide its own flowers from predators like birds and lizards who might eat them

The plant grows a fungus that resembles birds nests.

The plant and fungus are members of a symbiotic relationship. The fungi provide nutrients to the plant, while it provides shade and protection from predators.

The fungi are also mutualistic: they help spread the spores of other plants on which they live to new locations, thus increasing their own chances of survival.

A parasitic relationship exists between some fungi and their host plants; for example, when one overgrows another one nearby (or vice versa), it can kill off both plants by blocking out more sunlight than necessary for each individual’s survival as well as preventing photosynthesisphotosynthesis The production by a plant of compounds required for its growth, promoted by light acting on the plant's chlorophyll. Also needed in the process are water and carbon dioxide. from occurring nearby. This could lead to an overgrowth problem if left unchecked! Even though this might not seem like much at first glance…

The bird’s nest fungus helps for two reasons.

The roots of the plant are growing and sending out new roots. It also acts as a nutrient source for these new roots, which helps them grow better.

Fungus is not always a bad thing.

Fungus can be a good thing.

Fungi are the natural soil organisms that help plants (not just succulents!) grow and protect them from disease, pests, and other harmful conditions. They also play a role in recycling nutrients back into the soil so they can be used by future generations of plants. This symbiotic relationship between fungi and their hosts—the plants—has existed for millions of years!


Fungus is a common occurrence in nature, and can be beneficial to the ecosystem. This fungus looks like birds nests and mimics them to attract insects that are preyed upon by birds. The insects are attracted by the smell of bird droppings, which contain nitrogen and other nutrients needed for their survival as they feed on seeds or plants growing near the ground. This kind of fungus is a sign that your soil is healthy!

Treating your succulents for mealy bugs the natural way

Succulents aren’t without their problems and you might find yourself wanting to know how to treat succulents for mealy bugs. Succulents are susceptible to mealy bugs, which are small, whitish-gray insects that cause damage by sucking the sap from plants. This is why you want to keep your succulent well-watered and in good soil conditions.

Mealy bugs are a common problem for succulents.

Mealy bugs are tiny insects that feed on the leaves of succulents. They’re often found around the flowers and leaves, but can also be found in the soil around your plant’s roots. They love new growth, so you’ll see them on bloom stalks and in the center of rosettes.

Mealy bugs are often mistaken for scale or whiteflies because they appear similar to both of those pests. However, whereas scales cause a shiny sheen on your plant’s leaves, mealy bugs leave behind a white substance that coats your plant’s surface (and looks like dandruff).

Check the soil as well as your plant for mealy bugs.

  • Check the soil as well as your plant for mealy bugs. If you find mealy bugs on plants, they tend to congregate near the roots of the succulent. The white cottony masses on stems or leaves are a sign that you have mealy bugs present in your soil.
  • Look for them under leaves and also check between leaf blades for any signs of tunnels made by these tiny mites (which look like grains of sand).
  • You can test your potting mix by mixing it with some dishwashing detergent and soaking some small pieces in it overnight; if there are no visible signs of infestation within 24 hours then this means there is no evidence suggesting that they’re present!

Spray the soil with a solution of neem oil and water.

Neem oil is a natural pesticide that can be used on succulents. It’s safe for use and won’t harm your plants, but you’ll want to follow these steps closely:

  • Make sure you mix up the neem oil with water. You’ll need one part neem oil (1 teaspoon) and three parts water (3 tablespoons).
  • Store it in an airtight container until you are ready to use it. Then, pour out enough solution into a spray bottle so that there’s about 1/4 inch at the top of your container; this should be enough for treating one gallon of soil at a time (or less). If you have larger amounts of soil or plan on treating large areas like patios or yards, consider buying an automatic misting system instead; these machines make applying pesticides easy!
  • Spray the soil where mealy bugs are present with this mixture using an eyedropper-like applicator tool that has been cleaned thoroughly with rubbing alcohol before each use—it’s important not only because it helps prevent cross contamination but also because any leftover residue from previous applications will surely attract more pests than good!

Use cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl alcohol to remove them.

If you want to remove the mealy bugs, but don’t have access to a microscope or other specialized equipment, try using cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl alcohol. This will help you get rid of all of your infestation without damaging the plant itself. To use this method, simply soak the cotton swab in some isopropyl alcohol and then use it on each leaf where there are mealy bugs. If you do not see any signs of damage after removing mealybugs from your succulent garden with this method, then it should be safe for them to grow back again!

Succulents are very susceptible to mealy bugs, so keep watch!

Mealy bugs are a common problem for succulents. They love to eat the leaves, stems and flowers of your succulents. If you’re not careful, they can completely destroy your succulents in a very short time!

In order to prevent this from happening, it’s important that you maintain a balancedbalanced referring to the nutrient content or NPK numbers. An example of balanced fertilizer has 15-15-15 on the label. growing environment. This means keeping everything at the same level (don’t let soil get too wet or dry) so there aren’t any sudden changes in moisture levels around your succulents. You should also make sure that all watering sources are evenly distributed throughout their container so they don’t get too much one area while other parts aren’t getting enough water (and vice versa).

You’ll want to use diluted solutions of neem oil and water when treating mealy bugs because it doesn’t harm them as much as other pesticides would–just be careful not overdo it though! And remember: check both sides of each leaf before treating them; if there’s no sign then move onto another part until you find what works best for yours


If you’re plant is infested with mealy bugs, don’t panic. Taking a few simple steps can help to prevent them from hurting your succulent and keep them under control. To begin with, check your soil for any signs of pests and treat any that are found if necessary. Next up is spraying the plants with a solution of neem oil and water so that they do not become infected in the first place! Finally, use cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl alcohol as well as some insecticidal soap (you can find these items at most garden stores) to remove them from within their little hiding places on or around your plant’s leaves. Now sit back relax while watching those cute little guys grow!

Drill Bit for Drilling Holes in Succulent Pots

Why are there so many beautiful pots that don’t have drainage holes?! It is maddening when I find the perfect pot for a succulent I want to have in its own pot. A good rule of thumb for succulent soil and plant pots is to make sure you provide proper drainage to limit sitting water. Let’s learn how to use the proper drill bit for your ceramic succulent pots.

In order to grow healthy, long-lived succulents you should use containers that have adequate drainage holes at the bottom. Succulents also need to be watered DEEPLY to the point where water is flowing out of the drainage hole. The fix for a hole-less pot is pretty simple if you are comfortable working a drill. A round drill bit will make that pot have drainage in just a few minutes. I got mine on Amazon and they look something like this:

Some tips to make your drainage hole project easier:
– Keep a squirt bottle of water nearby to lubricate the surface of the pot.
– Hold the drill/drill bit at an angle and use a solid surface (I used the ground) to anchor the drill when you start to drill your hole.
– Once you have your hole drilled, use mesh drywall tape on the inside of the pot to keep your dirt from falling out. Or, if you have leftover window screen material, that works too!

If your succulents are getting too much water, they will often exhibit signs such as dropping leaves and root rot. The most common mistakes made when caring for succulent plants are over watering, placing the plant in too much light, and under watering. Head over to my page on watering succulents so they don’t die for signs that your current watering habits are killing your plants.

Don’t get bogged down by confusing gardening advice – these tips will help you keep your plants healthy!