Are you struggling to get the results you want from your succulent journey?

Planting succulents can be complicated, so you want to make sure you’re doing things right.

Succulents are easy to care but if you make one single mistake, your lovely succulent will be killed immediately without your notice. Sometimes no time for you to secure them.

Secrets to keep your succulent alive
Find out the mistake I made when I was a succulent beginner

Recently, I was killed one of my new succulent babies. I accidentally dropped one drop of water on the center of the leaves. The leaves turn softer just in a few minutes. On the second day, the problem becomes worst.

Sad, right.

Most succulent parents mess this up when it comes to being a beginner and make a ton of common mistakes. And once you do, it’s hard to recover.

If you want to fast track your success and succeed in the world of succulents, avoid these 9 mistakes below.

Mistake #1 Not Understanding Your Succulent.

The biggest mistake succulent beginners make is not understanding their succulent.

What is your succulent name?

Are they tolerant of low temperatures?

Are they summer dormant or winter dormant?

Do they like more water or more sunlight?

Can you answer these questions?

You need to know relevant and specific detail about your succulents. Then use these details to grow a healthy succulent and help your succulent to standout in your garden.

You need to satify their needs. Provide enough water and sunlight for them.

Here, I will teach you step by step how to identify your succulent

Understand your succulent are not enough, you need to understand the environment of the living area.

List down your succulent needs and the area for planting your succulent. What are the actions you need to act to provide the needs for your succulents?

With this, now you know how to take care of them so that they can alive healthy.

Mistake #2 Not Choosing The Right Soil.

Most of the beginner use any soil for their succulents. This is a big mistake because succulent needs are different from other plants. You can use any soil for your in-house plant but Not for succulents.

Let us understand what is succulent. Succulents live in South Africa which is dry and warm. Most of the succulents grow in sandy and rocky soil.

Sitting in wet soil will let the root leads to rot. Some of the succulent’s stem will rot too if the air circulation are bad. When they get too much water, the cells in the roots and leaves fall apart to cause the plant to die.

Don’t use one soil for all your succulents.

Different types of soil will be best-suited for different growing areas.

For indoors succulents, soil with large particle size is highly recommended.

You can choose a well-drained potting soil such as a ready-made cactus mix, but this soil may be too wet, you can add extra pumice, sharp sand, grit, or perlite (available at garden centers) to help drainage without breaking down with time.

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Mixing this soil by yourself may be a challenge. But now, you can buy a ready-to-go bag of this soil from Bonsai Jack Succulent.

Can I use this soil for my outdoor succulents?

This is a good question.

Bonsai Jack Succulent Gritty Mix may or may not be the right soil for you.

If your weather of the living area generally quite dry and hot in the summer, you will find that this soil will require you to water more frequently.

If you are forgetful at watering, this soil may not work for you.

You can use a mix of garden coir and pumice for your outdoor succulents.

You may find this bag of soil from Amazon.

If you are unable to find it, the best solution is to pick up a bag of “succulent and cactus mix’ from your nearby shop.

Add in some rock material such as pumice, perlite, or crushed granite.

Mistake #3: Forgot The Importance Of Light

Light is by far one of the important elements of a plant. But the bigger mistake was made by the beginner is :

  • low light
  • too much light
  • suddenly explore under the light for a long period

Low light

Succulents will survive in low light but will not thrive. The succulents that do not receive enough light will start to show signs. They will stretch and grow tall.

If your lighting condition at home is less than ideal, grow lights are the best to solve your problem.

Or you may choose the succulents that can survive well in low light conditions such as Haworthia, Rhipsalis, and Gasteria species.

Too much light

I know I was the beginner too.

When the expert told me the succulent need light. I put them under the direct sunlight without any shade.

What happens after two days?

Most of my succulents got a sunburn.

This is the common mistake I was made when I was a beginner.

Do you know how to  define

  •  direct sunlight
  •  indirect sunlight

Difficult to define, right?

Here I have an Image for you how to identify the light for your succulents.

The difference of direct sunlight and indirect sunlight


Your succulent need more sunlight to change color.

Do you hear this suggestion from your friends or others?

What will you do?

Place your succulent under the sunlight for a long period so that the leaves will change color.


This is a big mistake.

If you suddenly explore your succulent under the sunlight for long period, sunburn will appear.

What you can do is slowly increase the period. For example: Place them under the sunlight for morning sunlight for a few days, slowly increase to one hour, two hours, and so on. Your succulent need time to adapt to the changes.

Mistake #4:Using The Wrong Pot

For a beginner, select the right pot is quite important.

An unbreathable pot will cause the succulent to die.

The material of the succulent pot is an important aspect. Common pot materials include ceramic, plastic, wood, metal, and glass.


Hope to have some succulents that plant in the wood.

These two types of container are not suitable for a beginner because it doesn’t have a hole and need to monitor your watering.

The best pot for succulents is made from terracotta or ceramic. Both of these materials are breathable that will work well for a beginner.

Most of the beginners choose the pot without a hole, this is a mistake always made by the beginner. Keep in mind that the pot with a drainage hole will let your succulent alive and healthy.

Mistake #5: Not Concerning Your Succulents

What is action will you take after bought your succulent?

Keep your succulent aside? Under the tree or a corner of your house?

Most of the beginners will ignore the sign shown by their succulent.

Succulent need light and water to grow but just put them on the side without any action will kill the plant.

Repotting your succulent after brought it home, provide shade cloth during summer, or  bring them indoors, and provide light during winter. These are the basics you need to do to take care of your succulent.

Mistake #6 Wrong Watering Method And Schedule

Overwatering and underwatering is a big lesson for the beginner.

How and when should I water my succulents is a common question for you.

Before learning the watering method and schedule, you need to understand what type of soil are you using for your succulent.

Yes, the soil. Not succulent.

If you are using Gritty Mix Soil, you can water more frequently for your outdoor succulent. But not indoors, because the indoor environments don’t offer as much air circulation around indoor pots.

The best way to water succulents is the “soak and dry’ method. Soak the soil completely and then let the soil dry out completely before watering again.

You can use 14 days as a starting point and adjust the timeline as you needed. It depends on your living climate.

One more mistake always made by beginner was pouring water on your succulent.

I was made this before. Just in a few minutes, the leaves on the center become mushy and translucent

When watering, pour the water beside the pot or under the leaves.

Mistake #7: Slow Action

Once you notice your succulent having some problem like sunburn, translucent, mushy, or shrives. Don’t keep them beside the corner. Take immediate action to secure your succulents.

One mistake you’re made will kill your succulents.

One action you take will save your succulents.

I know you do not take any action because you do not know how to solve the problem.

Don’t worry.

To help you even further, you can check out my full guide on how to identify the succulent problem and the remed on my next post.

Mistake #8 : Plant Too Much In One Time

I know most of us planting succulent due to attracted by the color and the rosette leaves.

Additional the succulents are affordable. You can buy one small pot for just in a few dollars.

You will buy a lot and may bring a few bags home.

Difference succulents have different needs.

As a newbie, you can buy a ton of succulents but choose the succulents that have the same needs.

It is easy for you to take care of.

If you have a different type of succulents, you need to category them such as less water succulent, need water succulent, need more light or less light. May be need one place for an extra care area for those having problem.

All the buyers are emotional, so set your shopping list before you shop.

Mistake # 9: Not Repotting The New Plant

I always made this mistake.


Not because I forgot but I always buy a ton of succulents from the shop or online but don’t have enough pot and soil for me to repotting.

I hope you do not like me.

If yes, learn this mistake from me.

Keep in mind: Not only buy succulents, buy some pots and soil for repotting too.

Repotting new plants is encouraged by the plant expert.

Through this process, you can inspect the areas of your plant you typically don’t see when you buy the  new succulents.

Review the health of the root and trim any roots that seem damaged. As you know that the most important part of your succulent is its roots.

There You Go

These are the mistakes I was made when I started to plant my succulents.

From these 9 common mistakes I was made, the most important is using the wrong soil.

I know you may think about the watering.

I found a lot of common questions asked on social media is watering.

Watering is not the main reason to kill you succulent.

The soil you use is the killer.

If you use the right soil for your succulent with a hole drainage pot. The percentage of your succulents can alive is higher.

To keep your succulents alive is not an easy job. Learn this and make yourself more confident before for further step.

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