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Name: Clara
Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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SuccsToSuck
Jan 5, 2020 1:12 AM CST
Hi everyone! I recently got a few new plants and one of them is not doing well. My plant has been loosing many of its larger leaves. Additionally the new growth in the center of the plant seems to be mutated. The mutated leaves were present when I bought the plant, they are not a new development.

I have been moving recently so I have not been able to provide as much light as I usually can. However, he has gotten some light and my other succulents have been doing fine. I have attached a picture of my plant, any help is greatly appreciated!

tldr; My plant has been loosing leaves and has mutated new growth, is there any way I can help him out?


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Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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skopjecollection
Jan 5, 2020 1:23 AM CST
I think its an echeveria black knight. I see bulges and spots where there shouldnt be any. Its possible it was munched on by some bug , and what youre seeing now is the aftermath. Maybe keep it a bit dryer for now any in time it could recover.
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cullen_
Jan 5, 2020 4:13 AM CST
I believe it is powdery mildew. PM does not always have the normal symptom of the powder, but instead shows up as distorts plant growth. If its a new plant return or exchange it. Its not worth the hassle or worth the risk of spreading to the other plants.
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jan 5, 2020 10:35 AM CST

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I agree, return or exchange the plant if you can.

When I see distorted leaves like that I usually suspect prior insect activity, like that seen on this Dudleya, which had an earlier mealy problem that was resolved:



or I may suspect a virus, especially if there is rough surface texture involved.

E. affinis does tend to lose its leaves prematurely (ie. while still inflated with water, not only after they have dried up) in response to stress and sometimes for no apparent reason at all. The smaller rosette that results may recover just fine with good care.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 5, 2020 12:06 PM CST
Check the stem of your plant, undersides of the leaves, sometimes that nasty powdery mildew concentrates there, and it eventually causes the leaf drop and that distorted growth at the center. Those dropped leaves, some of them are still salvageable. If there is no rotting, you can set it aside and it may still root.
Name: Clara
Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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SuccsToSuck
Jan 5, 2020 11:20 PM CST
Thanks everyone! The shop I got the plant from is quite a distance from my house so returning it would be quite a hassle. Instead I'll keep him separate from my other plants and try propagating from the leaves that fell!
Name: Steve
Stoke-on-Trent, UK
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ketsui73
Jan 11, 2020 7:13 AM CST
@clara
good luck with the propagation. Black knight looks amazing when fully grown.
Steve

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