Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: What is wrong with my succulent?

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AwesomeSauce99
Sep 20, 2016 4:07 PM CST
I recently purchased 3 succulents, gorgeous little thing. They are my first. But one has brownish tips on the end of it that it didn't have before. I have a south facing window and they get about 2 hours of direct light and about 8 more indirect light. Its leaves aren't mushy so I'm thinking its not over watering. Any ideas? I will add pics of what it looks like. My first photo is just what all of them look like.
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gg5
Sep 20, 2016 4:58 PM CST
Cute arrangement! Thumbs up And Welcome to NGA Welcome! The one plant in the shell that has lighter green coloration at the center - that looks to be a signal for more light. For me I cut back on the amount of water I give if my plant begins showing signs of needing more light. I water the same time frame but less water. So if you water once per week - keep doing that but less water. Or you could spray mist around the soil and only water every other week. Do the planters have drainage? If not then there is a possibility for rotting, and black leaf tips or other discolorations can be a sign of that.
Good luck! I have my succulents under grow lights because they needed more light - and even still I only water every other week Thumbs up
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madcratebuilder
Sep 20, 2016 5:12 PM CST
More light, most do best in full sun. Water very little when indoors.

These are 3 month old cutting growing in full sun for 8+ hrs a day.
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DaisyI
Sep 20, 2016 5:29 PM CST
Do those containers have drainage holes? If not, you can't help but overwater as the moisture has no place to go. Yes, more light.
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purpleinopp
Sep 21, 2016 9:07 AM CST
The reddish tip of the leaf in the 2nd pic looks like the coloring these plants get from direct light. There's a distinct pic of it here:



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AwesomeSauce99
Sep 23, 2016 3:36 PM CST
Thank you so much for your help! I did do a lot of research because I know they do not like a lot of water. Both the jar and the shell have rocks on the bottom for drainage and so far I am watering about once a week, letting the soil get dry. I will hopefully get a grow light if you guys think that is necessary for extra light. Do you reccomend anything. Please keep it cheap, I don't exactly have a lot of money to spend.
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Baja_Costero
Sep 23, 2016 6:13 PM CST
Daisy made this point earlier but the container for one of these plants should have holes in the bottom. You need to flush the soil, not just wet it. These plants enjoy it when the soil goes completely wet, then dries out almost all the way. That's what you should aim for. They will gradually waste away if they receive a few drops now and then. It's not so much that they do not like a lot of water (they love it actually), it just has to be spaced out over wide enough intervals that the soil can go dry in between. It's more a matter of timing than quantity.

The rocks on the bottom for drainage are not doing anything without drainage holes, and in the end they don't do all that much anyway (except use up space within the pot), from what I have observed. Ideally you want to mix some rock evenly into the soil. I use pumice but whatever is cheap and available should work. An all-organic soil mix will stay wetter longer and makes it trickier to manage the watering cycle. If the pots are right on the windowsill next to the glass and they get hours of sun through the window every day, that should be okay for now. Whatever window you have that gets the most sun.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Sep 23, 2016 7:32 PM CST
Yes usually the plants in this type of arrangement don't live long, plants I've found to be easier in this or any setting are graptopetalum
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Name: Laurie Basler
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lauriebasler
Sep 24, 2016 12:45 PM CST
Hi AwesomeSauce99:

Your plants look so pretty in those containers. You created a perfect composition with the placement of each plant, each container and even the mat it is sitting on. There is an artist/designer in you that probably shows itself throughout your whole home and gardens.

I am very visually driven, and "need" things looking pleasing to me, and I have grown plants in containers with no drainage many times. I was very careful to water lightly, I even have a book that demonstrates with pictures how to place rock or shards in a closed container for drainage, and I followed it.

I had a few friends who shook their heads, warning me I would kill the plants, but I loved how my plants looked, and was not knocked out by their sometimes unappealing old terra cotta stained pots, and I watered so carefully.

All those plants are long gone. The warnings are true, and it is absolutely non negotiable, and I really really hated accepting it. It is a slow slow death, and by the time I accepted I was killing them, the rot was too severe. I hope you don't loose as many as I did so many many years ago.

There are drill bits for glass, that help people like you and I get holes in things that don't have them. I am not sure if glass canning jars can be drilled, but most ceramics for sure. You can have those pretty containers and healthy plants. Good luck, and very pretty planting.
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gg5
Sep 24, 2016 6:30 PM CST
Laurie yes exactly my experience as well...i have some succulents that I grow specifically to repot into noon draining pots and then move then when they look sad. So it is possible to do this but not sustain over long term Thumbs up
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slothfullebanese
Sep 25, 2016 12:45 AM CST
The shell is going to be hard to drain water out

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AwesomeSauce99
Sep 25, 2016 1:36 PM CST
I cannot drill throught the shell, it is stupid to. My grandma found that herself when she went diving once. I water them heavily, then wait until the soil is almost completely dry to water again. It is Semptember now and I live in the northern part of the US. The sun is slowly getting weaker and my trees are loosing their leaves. Should I get a lamp for them? And yes, I love being creative. DIYs rule in my house. Made a hamster cage from scrap (my hamster is my profile pic).
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Hamwild
Sep 25, 2016 1:42 PM CST
I was just about to ask if that was a hamster in your avatar. I have two fur babies (hamsters) myself. My name means I'm wild about hamsters (not ham, the edible food. Hilarious! Not that anyone would have been able to guess that.). Lovey dubby
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AwesomeSauce99
Sep 25, 2016 1:57 PM CST
That's so cool! This is my third but first dwarf. My other two sweatharts were Syrians. I have her in a 45 gal bin cage.
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Hamwild
Sep 25, 2016 2:01 PM CST
I have a Robo and a Syrian atm, my first dwarf passed in June. The latest addition (the Robo) makes her the 8th hamster I've owned. *Blush* Mine both live in 40g breeders. That's so cool you made your own hamster cage!
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gg5
Sep 25, 2016 2:53 PM CST
Awesomesauce99 what I use for the least expensive lights are the clamp lamps (from any big box or hardware store) and the fluorescent coil bulbs. There are several different kinds, if you're able to get an actual grow light bulb they work best
Cute hamster!
Hamwild I wondered what your user name meant, very cool
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AwesomeSauce99
Sep 25, 2016 7:23 PM CST
Thank You!
I will try to get a light for the winter, *** is the place where the healthy hardware grows, maybe succulents too!
Name: Laurie Basler
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lauriebasler
Sep 26, 2016 6:28 PM CST
@Awesomesauce Love the hamster, and @Hamwild, I thought you liked pork!!!
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Hamwild
Sep 26, 2016 6:33 PM CST
lauriebasler said:@Awesomesauce Love the hamster, and @Hamwild, I thought you liked pork!!!


Haha, yeah, my name would imply that, eh? If cooked right (I'm no chef myself), I do like pork. Whistling

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