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StrawberrySucculents
Nov 15, 2019 4:38 PM CST
I have a sedum Burrito that I left on my windowsill and now the leaves facing out the window have gone a whitish colour and a bit wrinkled. I'm presuming its sunburn and if it is, is there anything I can do? I have moved it to a much more shady place and turned the plant around. Is this all i can do? Sorry the picture isnt very good. ☹

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DaisyI
Nov 15, 2019 8:46 PM CST
Welcome!

It may be it wasn't too much sun but, too much sun too soon. Plants from nurseries are not used to anything more than shade. But, in the long run, your Burro's Tail should have as much indoor sun as you can provide. By turning the plant around, you have now exposed the otherside to sunburn. Now that the first side is sunburned, move it back to the window with the first side facing out and wait for the plant to acclimate. As it gets used to more light, you can turn it to keep it even. I turn mine everytime I water.
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StrawberrySucculents
Nov 19, 2019 4:23 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

It may be it wasn't too much sun but, too much sun too soon. Plants from nurseries are not used to anything more than shade. But, in the long run, your Burro's Tail should have as much indoor sun as you can provide. By turning the plant around, you have now exposed the otherside to sunburn. Now that the first side is sunburned, move it back to the window with the first side facing out and wait for the plant to acclimate. As it gets used to more light, you can turn it to keep it even. I turn mine everytime I water.


Ohhh! Thank you! So if I place it back on my windowsill with the sunburnt bit facing outwards will it recover? Or shall I just turn in slowly like I do my other plants. It will be that it had too much sun exposure too soon because it happened right after I got it. Thank you every much for your help 👍
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DaisyI
Nov 19, 2019 6:24 PM CST
The sunburned leaves will not recover. They will dry up and fall off, but the new leaves will be acclimated. I suspect you will lose leaves as you turn the plant, but they will grow back. New leaves, because they grew in that light level, will be ok.
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tarev
Nov 20, 2019 12:57 PM CST
If that were mine, I would just keep it by your window. At this time of the year, light levels are not that strong and duration not that long either.

Actually, too deep green color will indicate it is not receiving enough light. To me your plant looks generally okay. Give it more time to acclimate to that growing area. Be mindful of watering though. It takes longer to dry out indoors.
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StrawberrySucculents
Nov 21, 2019 1:33 AM CST
tarev said:If that were mine, I would just keep it by your window. At this time of the year, light levels are not that strong and duration not that long either.

Actually, too deep green color will indicate it is not receiving enough light. To me your plant looks generally okay. Give it more time to acclimate to that growing area. Be mindful of watering though. It takes longer to dry out indoors.


Okay thank you. I will pit it back in my window sill and hope for the best! 🤞

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