What all succulents have in common is that they store water, usually in their thick fleshy leaves and stems. This is what allows them to survive in the arid locations they are native to – it’s also this trait that makes them one of the most forgiving indoor plants to take care of. It has however, also led to one of the most common misunderstandings about succulents.
So often people say to me, ‘ah yes, succulents never need watering, do they?’… This isn’t strictly true! While they don’t need much water in the winter months (from October to March), if they aren’t watered in the spring and summer they won’t grow much and will eventually die. In fact, throughout the summer they should be watered generously, often just as much as your regular house plants!