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Does Farina on Succulents Grow Back?

I’ve already explained to you what Farina is. However, if you’re still unsure what and why it’s crucial for succulents, I recommend reading those articles first.

Farina does not regenerate. It is important to note that once removed, Farina does not restore. Since your succulent plant lacks its natural defenses, you risk leaving it vulnerable to harm.

Is My Succulent Going to Die?

This is a common query that I receive:

I removed the Farina from my succulents and then read that I should not have done so: will my succulents die without Farina?

Removing the plant’s Farina from the leaves or stems is quite common. Cleaning the succulent, either by the slight rubbing of a finger or by ignorance, because the Farina, at times, can give a certain feeling of dirt.

Eliminating the Farina or epicuticular wax is a mistake because it leaves our plant vulnerable and does not regenerate.

That being said, the answer is no. When a plant loses its Farina or epicuticular wax, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will die.

However, the plant is more vulnerable to common threats faced by all succulents because it is exposed to them to a greater extent.

The following are four simple tips to help you save your succulent plant if you accidentally remove the Farina. You must take these preventive measures as soon as you notice that the plant has lost its Farina.

What To Do If I Remove Farina From My Succulents?

Farina on Succulent
Farina on Succulent

[1] Avoid Exposing The Succulent To Direct Sunlight At All Costs

You should keep in mind that when your succulent loses its Farina or epicuticular wax, it loses its ability to protect itself from sunlight. Because of this, it is subjected to the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet light.

Keeping the plant out of direct sunlight for an extended period each day or when it is at its most intense will help it grow stronger and more efficiently. However, the plant is more vulnerable to burns during these times.

[2] Watering With Extreme Caution

It is one of the functions of the Farina or epicuticular wax to direct water from the leaves to the stem and root zone.

As a result of the loss of Farina, this characteristic will be lost as well. As a result, when watering your succulents, take extra care not to wet the leaf, as this can encourage fungus growth or cause the leaf to rot completely.

[3] Controlling The Appearance Of Pests

Succulent leaves with Farina or epicuticular wax have the added benefit of making it more difficult for insects to walk around the plant and lay their eggs. As soon as Farina is removed, the difficulty for the insects is gone.

You must be on the lookout for any signs that our plant has been infested by these unwanted guests. You need to step up our efforts to keep pests out.

[4] Consider Succulent’s Transpiration When Determining The Watering Frequency

The epicuticular wax prevents the plant from transpiring, allowing it to retain and utilize every drop of water.

Suppose your succulent plant loses its epicuticular wax. In that case, it will dry out much faster, and you may need to adjust its watering frequency.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your succulent will remain beautiful and healthy for many years to come. 

Also, keep in mind that the epicuticular wax is not renewed when it is removed, but the plant’s new leaves will bloom. 

Eventually, the plant will regrow its leaves, allowing it to regain its natural defenses. Unfortunately, due to the slow growth of succulents, this process takes a long time.

The fact that your succulent plant has lost its Farina or epicuticular wax doesn’t necessarily mean that it will die. All you need to do is follow a few simple guidelines to keep it healthy and strong.

Succulent plants need Farina to thrive, so don’t get rid of it. However, this can be a problem when dealing with pests or cleaning dirt and dust from plants.