Water therapy is useful for number-one dehydrated succulents. Dehydrated succulent leaves have lots of wrinkles. Wrinkles starts at the lower leaves going up to newer leaves. An indication that it is using its water reserve from its leaves. This needs a serious water therapy. After 24 hours of water therapy I caught it in dry soil, wrinkles are gone after five days. The lower leaves did not survive and dried off but the rest of the leaves started to get fat and healthy again. Looks like there’s water stored in the leaves again.
How to handle shipped succulents
Number two: Shipped succulents. I bought this Black Prince Echeveria, the seller just received it from courier and repotted it. Looking at its roots and leaves looks dehydrated. Leaves are thin and soft roots look dry dead. Ends of the roots are dead dry. Here’s how I do it. Look for a jar that will hold the head of the succulent from falling off the water. Fill it with water until it reaches the roots but doesn’t reach the leaves. Let it be for 8 hours (for minor cases like this) or more depending on the dryness of the succulent. The most could be 48 hours. I repotted it in a fast draining dry soil.
Use with caution
Basing on this experiment, this is an aggressive and effective way to treat dehydrated succulents but beware that overdoing this will kill your succulent. Use with caution.
Here’s the reason why for the sake of experiment I continued water therapy for another 24 hours and here’s what happened. Leeds burst and fall this is an indication that your succulent is over watered and this can kill your succulent. In just another 24 hours, look at the damage. If you continue doing this, eventually the leaves trunk and roots will rot so use this method with caution. Although it is very useful for saving dehydrated succulents but overdoing it will kill your succulent.