Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Help! Does my succulent have root rot?

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Apr 25, 2016 10:42 PM CST
Hello everyone! I've had this succulent for over a year and until a month or two ago it seemed to be doing great. Lots of growth and new leaves. Seemingly overnight, the tips of the leaves turned brown and shriveled, and there are brown spots starting to appear on the healthy upper leaves now. I decreased watering as I feared I had watered too much and it got root rot or a fungus. The brown parts don't seem to be increasing. It has been like this for a few weeks now.

Any ideas? What should I do? Should I cut the top part off and try to re-grow? Any advice it much appreciated! Thanks!

Troubled leaves
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How it started out
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Seemingly healthy top
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Name: Gene Staver
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Apr 26, 2016 12:26 AM CST
Succulents are fairly hardy. Take it out of the pot and look at the roots. Won't hurt it. How do they look and smell? Gene
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Apr 26, 2016 9:38 AM CST
I agree And check to see how wet/dry the soil is. Healthy roots are white, rotten roots are brown.
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Apr 26, 2016 12:46 PM CST
I agree as well. Checking the soil at the right time will also allow you to confirm whether you are watering when the soil is dry or not.

I have seen roots with all sorts of strange colors (the native agave makes bright red ones) but brown or yellow and soft is always a bad combination, to be removed from the situation at once (ideally with a clean cut through healthy tissue).
Apr 30, 2016 10:15 PM CST
Thanks everybody! I took a look at the roots and it is hard to tell (they are pretty small) but it looks like they are brown, so they may have rotted. In that case, should I just clip the top and try to propagate? Not sure if this type of succulent does that (are all succulents capable of propagating? I am still so new to this, ha!).

Thank you for your advice!

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