8 Simple Rules For Watering Your Sempervivum

Watering Sempervivum is a tricky subject. Because of their hardy nature, many people over water their Sempervivum. This can do more harm that good, especially for your rosette! Allow the soil to dry out between watering and ensure adequate drainage.

Sempervivum makes one of the excellent choices for relatively low-maintenance houseplants. The plant is naturally hardy and requires minimal watering to survive. In fact, overwatering a sempervivum plant can be catastrophic. Therefore, you need to understand your plant’s watering needs and try as much as possible to stick on it to have a lush succulent at home.

So, what are some of the golden rules for watering Sempervivum? Since the plant is highly drought-tolerant, you should only consider watering it when the potting mix is completely dry. If the soil still feels moist, there is no need to water it. How much you need depends on a wide range of factors, but you need to try as much as possible to match what the plant gets in its native habitat. Cut down on watering your plant during winter and consider using the bottom watering method to keep your plant hydrated. The best time to water your Sempervivum is early morning or in the evening to allow it to absorb as much water as possible.

Read on to learn more about sempervivum watering rules and how to create a lush succulent planting at home. We cover everything you need to know.

How Often Should I Water my Sempervivum?

Generally, you should water your Sempervivum only when the potting mix is completely dry. Although the soil may still be relatively moist at depth, feel free to water your plant as long as the top one inch of the soil feels dry.

You need to keep in mind that the soil dries at different rates depending on the time of the year. The watering frequency also depends on the presence of drainage holes and the type of soil in use.

Sempervivum in a bron pot.
Watering it at least once a week is enough to keep it happy.

Consider watering your succulent at least two times a week if it is grown in sandy soil and one time per week if it is grown in clay soil. However, no watering is necessary during winter since the plant enters a state of dormancy and no growth happens.

Water once per week during spring and autumn only if your plant grows in sandy soil. Otherwise, no watering is required during these two seasons as well.

During summer, you may notice that the topsoil of your succulent dries in a day. It doesn’t mean that you need to water it daily. In such a case, the plant will have absorbed enough moisture to survive the heat for three or four days.

Furthermore, the soil layer towards the bottom of the growing pot will still contain enough moisture to keep your plant alive. Keep in mind that if you overwater your plant, you could easily lose it due to root rot issues.

Spring is the time of the year when Sempervivum grows intensively. So, it needs a lot of water during this time. Watering it at least once a week is enough to keep it happy.

You can consider increasing the watering frequency towards the end of spring when the sun is intense, and there is no rain. This will keep your plant active and healthy.

How Much Water Do I Need?

The exact amount of water you need to give your depends on a wide range of factors, but you need to try as much as possible to match what the plant receives in its natural habitat.

Sempervivum mostly grows in the alpine region, where they receive relatively regular rainfall. However, the rain is mostly light showers.

Sempervivum in a pink pot.
A sempervivum plant requires approximately 0.5″ to 1.0″ of water once a week during the dry months of the year.

As a general rule of thumb, a sempervivum plant requires approximately 0.5″ to 1.0″ of water once a week during the dry months of the year. Sometimes, you can go slightly lower or higher than the recommended values depending on the climate of where you live.

What Type of Water Should I Use?

Rainwater is the best option for your Sempervivum. This is because it doesn’t contain any chemicals or salts found in tap water. Rainwater is natural and free from anything that could potentially damage your succulents.

Therefore, it is highly advisable to collect as much rainwater as possible during winter and store it for later use.

If you don’t have access to rainwater, go for reverse osmosis or distilled water. In this case, the water has been treated appropriately to get rid of chemicals that may build up in your potting mix and cause harm to your plant.

A water in a basin.
Rainwater doesn’t contain any chemicals or salts found in tap water.

Distilled water is the cheaper and readily available option. You can purchase distilled water from your local supermarket.

Avoid using tap water at all costs because it contains chlorine, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and fluoride, which may harm your succulent.

If it is the only option you have, let it sit in an open container overnight to allow the mineral elements to evaporate or settle at the bottom of the container before watering your plants with it.

Watering Frequency Depends on the Type of Soil

The kind of potting mix you use to grow your Sempervivum will directly impact the watering schedule. If your succulent is growing in clay soil, you don’t need to water it frequently. This is because clay soil dries slowly.

Clay soil may feel dry at the top, but it usually forms a crust that doesn’t allow the bottom layer of the soil to lose water. Therefore, Sempervivum grown in such soil doesn’t require watering at any time of the year except summer.

A pot being watered.
Watering frequency depends on the type of soil.

On the other hand, sandy soil loses water relatively quickly, even if there is no drought. So, if your succulent is growing in such soil, it requires frequent watering.

During summer, consider watering your Sempervivum at least twice a week but cut the frequency down to once a week during spring. During winter, your plant will most probably have enough moisture to keep it happy throughout the season.

What Are the Signs of Underwatering?

Even though it is a drought-tolerant plant, it doesn’t mean that Sempervivum can survive for eternity without water. Your plant gets dehydrated when it is not receiving sufficient amounts of water, and it will show you.

Generally, if you see signs of over-drying, such as wrinkled, crispy, or flexible leaves, you should start watering your Sempervivum quite often. Water deeply and frequently to revive your succulent and maintain its health.

It may take a couple of weeks before your plant starts responding. Feel free to water up to three times a week for young plants to encourage faster growth.

Don’t panic if you notice signs of underwatering in your Sempervivum. As long as you increase the watering frequency and ensure all the other conditions are ideal, your plant will be okay. You should only be worried if you start to notice signs of overwatering because that is more dangerous.

Don’t Overwater Your Sempervivum

Overwatering can be quite dangerous to your plant, especially if it is not noticed early. Most often, sempervivum plants suffer from overwatering from excess water during winter, but it can also happen during summer or spring if you are not careful.

When you manually water these plants and do it quite often, it becomes quite dangerous. Some of the common signs of overwatering include yellow and almost transparent leaves. This is a clear indication that your plant has started to rot, and you need to find ways of reviving it.

The plant can also become elongated as it tries to fight off the rot. If you notice signs of rot on your plant, you need to act quickly. Dig it out of the container and transfer it to a relatively dry place.

A plant being overwatered.
Overwatering can be quite dangerous to your plant.

Clean all the potting mix from the plant and carefully remove all the rotten parts of the plant. Place it in a dry place, prepare a fungicide solution and treat it. Let it dry before repotting.

Size of Plant Affects the Amount of Water Consumed

Another important thing that you need to remember is that the size and shape of your Sempervivum will affect its water requirements.

Generally, the large species plants require more water but need to be watered less often since they absorb and retain moisture better than the small varieties. So, water them with plenty of water once a week.

The relatively small and compact sempervivum varieties require less water but frequent watering. These varieties grow slower and don’t retain moisture for too long. Some of the common examples include sempervivum globiferum and sempervivum arachroneidum.

So, if you have a dwarf sempervivum, only feed it with a small amount of water but make sure you do it frequently. Technically, you need to water the small varieties as soon as the topsoil dries.

Best Time to Water Sempervivum

In the summer, it is better to water your outdoor succulents early in the morning so that roots can soak up moisture before the peak heat sets in. This is also the best time to water your Sempervivum during winter.

If you cannot water your plants early in the morning, then do so late in the evening. Don’t winter it during the afternoon because the scorching sun could deny the roots an opportunity to absorb as much water as possible.

Summary

Sempervivum is a highly drought-tolerant plant that can take some neglect. However, you need to be careful with your watering regime because too much or too little water can cause harm to your plants.

Don’t let your plants dry out, and don’t overwater them. We hope you have learned a few tricks on how to keep your Sempervivum happy, and you are ready to go.

read this next

Taking care of an Echeveria plant comes with the most challenging part — watering. This is because Echeveria plants are more active during summer than winter which means they require different water method during these seasons. Follow these golden rules to help you cultivate your own Echeveria plant.
Desert plants are among the low-maintenance species, which can handle relatively harsh environments and do not require much care. Decorate your garden with one of these beautiful plants: Texas Sage, Mexican Feather Grass, Pencil Plant, Living Stone, Zebra Cactus, Desert Marigold, Ocotillo, Aloe Vera, Fox Tail Agave, and Paddle Plant
When it comes to landscaping, desert plants are some of the most popular choices. This is due to several reasons. They are cheap, they require minimal maintenance and can tolerate extreme temperatures. Not to mention that most of them look spectacular. Here are 10 desert plants ideas when landscaping
Are you searching for low light houseplants? Do you want a way to decorate your home without bright sunlight from outside? There are many plants that can do well in the artificial light indoors. You can easily add some greenery to your living with these plants
Succulents are air-purifying and low-maintenance plants. They are also available in a variety of unlikely colors and textures, making them ideal for almost any decorating style. Take a look at some of the most unusual succulents to give your home an extra special touch.
Cactus offsets are also known as pups, which are produced by the parent plant. Rooting cactus pups is a technique for vegetative propagation, for that you will need to cut pups at a 45-degree angle and root them in well-draining soil
Cactus soil and succulent soil, surprisingly enough, are not the same thing.  While the two soils look similar and may be fine to use for individual plants in your collection, you will want to make sure that you understand how each kind of soil differs from the other before you plant anything in it.
Cactus plants can add a touch of desert to your home or office or brighten up any room. Some people think having a cactus is a good idea and other’s don’t. Keep reading to find out the pros and cons of having a cactus plant in your home.
Aloe Vera plant
Aloe Vera plants are grown worldwide because of their usefulness. They are easy to grow outdoors but some varieties will need attention and protection from the colder months. The article looks at the 10 best Aloe Vera types to grow outside
Echeveria Elegans is a succulent houseplant and are well known for their bright, colorful and ornamental foliage (the leaves are the plant parts). The Echeveria species originate from Mexico and they grow fast. The plant has a characteristic shape that resembles an Aloe plant, but with more contrasting and beautiful color.
Learn how to root a cactus in water in 4 quick steps: gather the cuttings, dry them, place them in water, and just wait for them to root! Stay safe when handling prickly cacti
Lithops, also known as living stones, are a fascinating group of plants with flat, leafy faces. It is very important when caring for your lithops that you keep them completely dry. Other than watering, they require no maintenance and rarely even flower! This article will tell you all about the fascinating plant and how to grow it.
Cactus fruits are edible and safe. Scientific research has proved that consuming cactus fruits offer a wide range of health benefits to the body. They can prevent lipid oxidation, lower the blood sugar level, and speed up the wound healing process
There are a few reasons why your cactus spines might turn white, but generally, it’s caused by sunburn or by being overexposed to light. Don’t worry, though—while your cactus may look dead, it’s likely that the damage isn’t permanent. There are several ways to help prevent your cactus from developing sunburn in the future.
Generally, rooting Christmas cactus cuttings in water is relatively easy. The key to success is knowing where and how to find healthy and mature cuttings and being patient with the process. Also, it takes a lot of practice to start rooting your cuttings successfully
Agave plants need full sun and sandy soil to thrive. If your agave plant is not flowering, consider moving it outside where it will have access to direct sunlight at least 12-14 hours a day. Otherwise, ensure that the plant receives enough indirect light to stay healthy.

Receive the latest news

Get Our Cacti Newsletter

Stay updated with the latest facts, tips, advice, and more!

Your privacy is important to us.