Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: HELP!!! Elephant plant dying slowly

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Dec 11, 2012 7:12 AM CST
My elephant bush's are dropping leaves like crazy.They are sitting on a counter & every morning i have to clean up leaves.It's actually 2 different plant that are doing this.The only thing that has happened to them is a few months back this started after i got mealies in a small plant i spray the plant end of creepy crawlies.There was a bunch of other plants around this plant that i treated and they got a mist of the insecticide i used,which was simply a neem based product.Every succulent that got misted with the insecticide dropped the leaves on the bottom of the plant where they were sprayed.I had no idea that neem oil would have that bad of an effect on succulents.but all the other plants are fine except the elephant plants.It is still getting new leaves they just fall off.

Any advice is greatly appreciated
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These pictures were taken in the last week or two,the plant has a lot less leaves now.The new growth it's getting on the tip of the stems are really stretched out the leaves aren't small & oval shaped they are growing leggy.I guess not enough sun light.I can put them under the grow light to see if that helps.I wish i knew what was causing it.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 11, 2012 11:25 AM CST
Too wet? They really want dry and they are sitting in that saucer.... and the stretched out growth would point to not enough light.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Dec 11, 2012 12:28 PM CST
Elephant bush loves the sun, maybe put the plant in a brighter location, if you cannot bring it out. My plant stays outdoors year round, and endures extreme heat and cold. Have noticed the stems are maturing already, hardening up with bark like texture, so it seems much more able to handle the temperature swings.
Name: Mark Mallon
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a2b1c3
Dec 11, 2012 5:15 PM CST
pull it out of the pot see if its got root rot. if you cant figure it out find the best branch and cut it off and let it sit there in a dim spot dry for the rest of winter mby some sand no water till spring. you wont kill it by pulling it out and letting it sit bare root till spring thats what i would do right off the bat. even if it is trying to grow right now that should kick it into dormancy. also cold put it in unheated garage or something.
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