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Name: Zoe
Northern BC
Tuexzen
Sep 18, 2016 12:24 AM CST
Hello!

I'm looking for information...

You see my succulents have resently under gone previous advice of being pulled out of the soil they were in, and left for a week to dry out.

So now I face the problem of re potting them in a proper, suitable environment for them.

Any suggestions? Anything at all will be more then helpful as this is my first time trying to grow them.... I don't want to kill them, help please! Smiling Thank You!
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Sep 18, 2016 2:07 AM CST
Hello Zoe and welcome to NGA Thumbs up Your plants are both what are called "tender" succulents, meaning they cannot thrive in temps below about 10 Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit)
They will love a fast draining soil, I use some pumice and add to the potting soil, if you don't have that you can buy cactus soil
The plant on the right is an easy to grow plant, can't remember the name it'll colour up in more light. These probably need to be indoor plants for you, in the brightest window you have
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Name: Zoe
Northern BC
Tuexzen
Sep 19, 2016 1:02 AM CST
Thank you, Greg!
On the right is my chic and hen.. and generally seems to grow pretty good? I keep them in my most well lit room.. but I'' really worried about the ne on the left there. All the new leaves growing in are growing in funny, and it looks more like a droopy Christmas tree rather then a sempervivum.. I'm not sure how to help him?

would the pot size have any effect? How do I make sure the soil is well drained...?
Sorry for all the questions! I'm all ears! and thank you again!
~Z
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 19, 2016 10:11 AM CST

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Hi there Zoe, and Welcome! to NGA. So glad you found your way here.
Greg gave you great advice. All are tender succulents, none are sempervivum.
In Greg's above post he talked about adding pumice to your potting soil, that would create a well drained mix for your plants.
They do look like they may not be getting enough light, so they are stretching up and out instead of staying more compact in growth. That would cause the "Christmas tree" look.

Hope we have helped you with information that is helpful? Smiling
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Sep 19, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Yes exactly what Lynn said Thumbs up nodding I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Sep 20, 2016 4:03 PM CST
@Tuexzen earlier I gave a quick response, and then Lynn gave a better one, but I've been thinking this question through and here is a more thorough response
Your question was what is fast draining soil... So most potting soil is designed for plants that want a good amount of water, to decrease how often the caretaker needs to water the soil is made up of things which naturally act as sponges holding water - this is usually called 'organic matter' and is chunks of wood, or peat, or other organic material which absorbs water.
For succulents and plants which don't want a lot of water they require the soil to be amended, with things that don't hold water, usually rock based materials. Pumice is volcanic, light weight rock material, crushed down to be easy to add to soil. In this way there are less items holding water (ie pieces of wood or peat) and the water doesn't stay on the plants roots, which causes rot in most succulent plants.
Hope that helps give a bit more info. If you don't have pumice, using small gravel, or sand can help do the same thing, just not as efficiently I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 20, 2016 9:12 PM CST

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Great explanation Greg. Thumbs up

@Tuexzen
Zoe, how are the plants doing. Were you able to get them planted? Would love to see photos of them in their new home. Hurray!
Name: Zoe
Northern BC
Tuexzen
Sep 21, 2016 11:49 PM CST
Hello everyone! And thanks again for all the advice. '' having a bit of trouble finding proper pots for my succulents... they were super dried out today... so I know it's time to re pot them.

And I'm on the hunt for pumice soil- as soon as o have them repotted, and looking s little happier- I will post a picture!

However, any and all information on these little guys would be awesome in the meantime! Thanks again!! Crossing Fingers!
~Z
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 22, 2016 12:12 PM CST
Zoe, taking a wild guess, but the tender succulent on the right looks to be a Gratopetalum?
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 23, 2016 8:50 AM CST

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I agree with Bev.

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