Watering Ice Plant

Ice plants or delosperma are succulent perennials native to South Africa. Water is essential for new or recently transplanted ice plants to help them survive and settle in. These plants have moderate water needs and generally thrive with minimal attention once established. 


How To Tell If Ice Plant Needs Watered

Ice plants need water when the top few inches of soil are dry. Dry, cracked soil are indicators the plant needs water. Dry plants may droop, or the foliage will have a shriveled appearance. Dry leaves that wrinkle and fall off are signs of severe dryness.

How Often To Water Ice Plant

Newly planted ice plants need water daily or every few days, depending on the sunlight the plant receives. While new plants have increased water needs, avoid overwatering because too much moisture can be damaging.

Ice plants are succulents, so they store water that can sustain them, and they only need water when necessary. Established ice plants need water every other week or when the top few inches of soil are dry. Sunlight, humidity, and rainfall impact how often the plant needs water, so check the soil and inspect the plant for signs of dryness before watering.

Potted ice plants need water more often than plants in the ground. As succulents, ice plants store water but need long drinks to thrive during the growing season. Plan to water container-grown ice plants every few days or when the plant shows signs of drying out. 

Best Time To Water Ice Plant

Water immediately if the plant is withering or showing signs of drying out. The ideal time to water ice plants is in the morning, so the plants can soak up moisture before the hot afternoon sun hits. 

How to Water Ice Plant

Step 1 - Check the plant for signs of dryness.

Shriveled, drooping foliage and dry, cracked soil indicate the plant is too dry.

Step 2 - Feel the soil to determine the dryness. 

Water ice plants when the top few inches of soil are dry.

Step 3 - Saturate the soil.

Drench the soil so the root ball is wet.

Ice Plant Watering Tips

  • Feel the soil and water when the top few inches are dry.
  • Monitor the plant for drooping or wilted stems and leaves.
  • Water the ground around the plant, drenching the soil.


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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 06-03-2023