What will be the acceptable duration of sogginess and moistness for the succulent mix to be soggy and then moist?

I thought succulent mix should become dry after a few hours. My succulent mix (succulent mix + Pumice) is still soggy after 6 hours of planting and not sure how long it wil lstay like that. The pots are quite wide but shallow and has a drainage holes. I watered them thoroughly after planting and the water ran out quickly.

White pot: The height is 2.5" (soil filled till 2.25") and diameter of 7".

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Blue pot: The height is 3.5" (soil filled till 2.75") and diameter of 7".

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Pics of soil (all pics taken after 6-7 hours after thoroughly watering):

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    Did you cover the drainage holes with anything (like gravel or sand)?
    – Jurp
    Feb 7, 2020 at 22:31
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    try using terracotta pots. as the material allows air to pass through it, speeding up the time needed for drying the soil Feb 8, 2020 at 4:04
  • @Jurp Nope. The hole is not blocked.
    – 4-K
    Feb 8, 2020 at 9:59
  • What's the weather like? How hot has it been? Is the air humid or dry?
    – GardenGems
    Feb 8, 2020 at 11:29
  • So, I can assume that the potting mix goes to the bottom of the pot? The reason I ask is that gravel or sand above a drainage hole will actually cause the pot to drain very poorly, with a danger of rotting the plant's roots.
    – Jurp
    Feb 8, 2020 at 14:16

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dampsoil should be fine as long as the roots are not water logged. and allowed to dry.

possible reasons why this could be happening:

1) your plant could be dormant. plants do not require much water via the roots when they are dormant so you will notice that it will take much longer for the medium to dry out.

2) not enough ventilation in a cool place or a very humid environment stopping the water from evaporating naturally. the pots you are using should be terracotta(non glazed), as that material would significantly speed up the soil drying time by allowing air to pass through the clay pot and all around the roots

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    I think it is due to cold weather? Shallow terracotta pots are not easy to find here. I had a hard time finding these shallow pots.
    – 4-K
    Feb 9, 2020 at 17:05
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    also they are difficult to post as they tend to break easily Feb 9, 2020 at 18:51
  • It will be a joke if one cannot find terracotta products in India, but the ones that are available here are not for succulents as they are quite tall and very narrow at the bottom.
    – 4-K
    Feb 11, 2020 at 16:24

The potting mix should be well draining enough for the water to run out of the bottom fairly fast after you pour it in, but hold enough water to keep your plants alive until the next watering.

I don't think yours is capable of drying out even in a couple days. It seem too hold to much water. More importantly it is lacking in good aeration. Tiny air pockets that provide you plant's roots with oxygen even after you water it. Your appears to be water logged. A good succulent potting mix should never look like mud.

I can give you a better answer if you add to you post what you put in your potting mix and that proportion. In my experience sand is never a good material to use. It tends to fill in all the little pore spaces that would normally exist, like clogging up your pumice's pores.

You get mud and sand and you create concrete. Wet sloppy concrete that once it dries if becomes hard as a rock. It also appears you use garden soil in your mix. If you did what type of soil is it? Does it have a lot of clay. If you added a clay based soil to sand you did create concrete.

The sizes of the matter you are using is too disproportional. You have some really large white pieces that serve no purpose if all the rest of the stuff is much smaller. All the small stuff will work its way to the bottom of the pot. Eventually you will not be able to see any soil. All you will see is the large white rock on top. You will have no idea when to water and when the soil is water logged. I really think we need to start over. I will help you.

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    The potting mix really drains well, but it's retaining too much water, I guess. And it's not my custom made mix, but bought online. I added pumice stone to it, in good quantity. But for how long it should stay like that? I mean an ideal succulent mix? And I don't think the mix has any soil or clay in it.
    – 4-K
    Feb 8, 2020 at 10:05
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    It should stay moist until the next watering. Keep an eye on it. what is the weather like right now. Is it the rainy season? I would add 1:1 pumice to bought mix. Unless the big white stuff rock is your pumice. If so, it's too big for this mix.
    – user27862
    Feb 8, 2020 at 11:23
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    Max 20c and min 8c. Yeah, the size is not uniform. It varies, there are many small chunks of it in the mix. Not rainy season. It's late winter. Humidity is around 75%
    – 4-K
    Feb 8, 2020 at 16:03
  • India stretches the same latitudes as Northern California to Northern Panama. So, winter could mean lots of things. Is the plant inside or out? Now that at least a day has past how does the soil look now?
    – user27862
    Feb 8, 2020 at 17:40
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    The plant is outside.The soil is definitely not as wet/soggy as it was, and the soil is drying now, I guess. I have posted some pictures here: imgur.com/a/0V7zPxL
    – 4-K
    Feb 9, 2020 at 17:04

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