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How Often Do You Water Ice Plants? (Tips To Prevent Overwatering & Underwatering)

Ice plants are quite interesting types of flowers, that come in different names if we consider the botanical names. Anyways, it is a plant that looks very beautiful, and I say that knowing that some people don’t like it at all. An ice plant is a commonly known type of flower that is succulent, and it is seen in different areas some people love to have them in their gardens.

The name “ice plant” comes from the tiny hairs that it owns at the end of its petals. Those “hairs” reflect the light, and it gives a resemblance to the crystals of ice.

One of the most important things that need to be known about an ice plant is the watering process, and that’s basically the main reason why I am writing this article! Here, you will find the answer to the main question which is how often do you water ice plants, and not only! If you stick until the end, you can also find other informational content about these types of flowers!

Now, without losing your time any further, let’s get started!


How Often, How to, and When to Water Ice Plants?

Watering an ice plant is an essential thing to do, and it is the part that should never be forgotten! However, I would like to divide this section into some main parts, while firstly answering to you the main question that you have:

How Often to Water Ice Plants?

Every plant has its own stages of life, and an ice plant is no exception. If you just planted an ice plant, then it is important to water it once a day, in order to give its roots more strength so that they can grow and bring you flowers.

Now, if your ice plant is ready or has started blooming, the watering process or the schedule should be done every two weeks if you live in a “rainy area” or there’s rain. During the hot periods of the summer season, you should water ice plants once a week.

Note: If the winter is coming, you should let the ice plant dry completely because a dried soil of an ice plant can survive the cold pretty well!

How to Water Ice Plants?

Roots, roots, and roots! Just like many other different plants, an ice plant also needs water on its roots or better to say, put water on its soil! However, you can also spray the flowers with water, but not put too much water pressure on them as the petals can fall off easily if you do so.

When to Water Ice Plants?

The best time for watering an ice plant during the day stands the evening because that way you leave the flowers chill and rest without having contact with sunlight. You can also water them during the early morning, but still, the evenings are preferable for this type of plant.

Note: Never water an ice plant if you know that freeze is coming! As I mentioned above for the winter season, an ice plant shouldn’t be watered in any way during cold temperatures, as it can be completely dead! Also, you should never water ice plants when there is direct sunlight and the temperatures are too hot because they won’t handle it.


Symptoms of Ice Plants? – Underwatering and Overwatering

Lucky enough, ice plants show us whether they are underwater or overwatered, and in this section, I would like to mention for you some of the main symptoms!

Underwatering Symptoms

Completely related to the question of when to water ice plants, there are some symptoms that show you that your ice plant isn’t in good condition with the watering process. Those symptoms include:

  • wrinkled leaves
  • dry leaves
  • not proper growth of flowers

Overwatering Symptoms

As I mentioned above some underwatering symptoms, you should also think about the overwatering part which is an issue that really needs to be considered. The symptoms that show you that your ice plant isn’t well are:

  • soft and mushy leaves
  • black leaves (known as a fungal disease)
  • shrinking leaves

Basically, most of the symptoms are shown by the leaves of these flowers.


Things to Know: Facts and Other Considerations About Ice Plants

Name Ice Plant
Botanical Name Delosperma, Lampranthus
Family Aizoaceae
Blooming Time (Season) Spring, Summer, and Autumn
Colors Pink, Red, Orange, Purple, and Yellow
Native Area Africa

Other Things to Consider

If you are a plant lover, you definitely know that a plant cannot be completely healthy just by watering it, right? Besides water, there are some other things that you should take care of, in order to raise the best ice plants ever. There are some things that you may want to consider and they include:

  • Light
  • Soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Humidity and Temperature

Completely depending on these four things mentioned, and the fifth one which is the watering part, you can be more than sure that your ice plants will be in better condition than you can think of. Of course, as long as you do things properly!


Final Words

Coming through the end, I would like to say again that I am a fan of ice plants, but I noticed on the internet that many people are not. Still, I think that ice plants have a super simple watering process as they don’t require to be watered daily or whatever.

I really hope that this article will be your guide if you have no idea about the watering process of ice plants!


Further Reading

I would really love to give some advice to you on checking out some other articles that I have already written. As I somehow mentioned lighting in this article, there is an article that you can check out and it includes ways on telling if your plants are getting too much light!

Besides water, there are many questions around related to specific numbers of things that you can get from a specific plant, and I am more than glad to tell you about the number of loofahs for a plant, broccoli for a plant, the number of corns, and how many green beans you can get per plant!

Have fun!

Natalia Michalska

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