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Sep 6, 2016 6:32 PM CST
I have a succulent plant and its dying. I try to make sure it gets enough light and water but it still is dying
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toledo ohio (Zone 5b)
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Sep 6, 2016 7:00 PM CST
I`m new too
hang in there
these guys will help you
I overwatered a jade plant, I think it `was` a succulent
be patient, people here know a lot
may take a day or two
you`ll be on the right track in no time
toledo ohio (Zone 5b)
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Sep 6, 2016 7:27 PM CST
right under ask a question is a succulent forum you can check out if you`re interested
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Sep 6, 2016 7:38 PM CST
Hi Jordyn! Welcome!

Sorry to see your succulent isn't quite as happy as it should be.
** Few questions.
-What is your soil like? Coarse and well-draining? Store bought mix?
-What is the drainage hole situation on the pot? One small opening?
-How often are you watering/do you check the soil before you water?
-Do the leaves feel crisp and dry or soft, mushy, and shriveled?
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Sep 6, 2016 7:39 PM CST

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Your echeveria is not dying. As the plant grows it creates new leaves and the older ones die. Once they are completely dry, you can gently tug them off.
Also, make sure it's in fast draining soil. Echeverias seem to be one of the most sensitive plants when it comes to over watering. Even a couple days with too much water can start the rosettes to rot. When you water, soak it (soil only, not the plant) thoroughly a couple of times until it drains out of the bottom of the pot and then let it completely dry out before watering again.
They do enjoy full sun to avoid them from stretching out too much to get more light but appreciate being out of the summer afternoon intense sun.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 8, 2016 11:40 AM CST
Unless its suspose to grow that leggy !
Its not getting enough lite !
The color of the leaves look like to much water. Best combat for watering is to bottom water. Put in pail of water 20 or so minutes so soil will wick up water. Best thing to help prevent rot. And let it get dry before watering. Let it stress a little.
Less water is better than more.
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Sep 8, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Hello jordynlw,

I think that looks like a leggy Echeveria "Paul Bunyan'. No, the plant is not dying. It is normal for this plant to shed off older lower leaves. The leaves indicate to me that it may have been watered a bit frequently and has been in a lot of shade since the leaf surface is quite smooth. Typically it gets curly edges and more warty looking bumps on the surface when it is exposed to more sun so it gets much more dry out time.

Just want to double check, your container, does it have drain holes? And make sure as already mentioned by others that your media is very well draining. This plant likes a lot of bright light, dappled afternoon sun in my area, since we really get very dry here. During summer here in my area, since we get so hot and dry, it is like in a dormant state, so not much growing so I have to be careful in watering, it may try to grow new offsets or new bloomstalks later when conditions are much better when our temps return to the low to mid 80's usually in early Spring or in mid Fall.

Ideally if the succulent is getting too leggy like that, I cut off top part, let it callus and then stick back in the soil. But I try to do that in Spring.
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Sep 8, 2016 1:16 PM CST
Hurray! see how great they are?
more sun
less h2o
a trim in the spring Hurray!
happy cultivating

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