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Fred1992
May 7, 2020 7:26 PM CST
Good day to all,


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In the past 2-3 days, i've realised translucent spots appearing on the leaves of the succulent. This has probably spread down to the other leaf so i have decided to remove the succulent from the main pot and isolate it.

The bottom leaf has turned reddish brown too. It seems to be drying out prematurely.

The succulent is watered once weekly and placed near the window for natural light. Could anyone help to identify the problem? Thank You!
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Macrocentra
May 7, 2020 7:48 PM CST
Did the pot it was originally in, have drainage holes? What kind of medium was it growing in?

Some of those leaves look like the plant is overwatered.
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Fred1992
May 7, 2020 8:16 PM CST
Hi Macrocentra,

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, there were drainage holes. I am not too sure about the soil mix but they were probably a cocopeat mix since i got it off a nursery.

I have been watering them on the same frequency and this problem just surfaced a few days back. Since the succulent has been isolated, would it be a good idea to leave the roots to dry for a few days before repotting?
Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
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Macrocentra
May 7, 2020 9:14 PM CST
Bloated, yellowing and transparent leaves are common signs of an overwater. The leaves can start to fall off really easily as well.

I'd get some new medium for it that favors drainage. There's a few different mixes you can use, but generally you want to have a decent amount of coarse material that will allow water to quickly drain. These plants suck up water fairly quickly, and don't like to have their roots wet for long. I personally use a store-bought cactus/succulent mix, and then I add coarse material to it (usually fine gravel or larger grain sand) to improve the drainage. A lot of gardeners like to entirely mix their own mediums too.

You should be okay to put it back in it's new medium (though someone with more experience can hopefully confirm which route is best). I'd check the roots and stem for potential rot (squishy dark spots), if there's rot beginning, it'll be a little trickier to recover it. Don't water it for a while. Leave the medium dry till it begins to recover.

Generally for most succulents, you only want to water them when the medium has completely dried out. When it's due, give it a deep water until water comes out of the bottom of the pot, making sure the water actually penetrates through the soil. That'll keep it covered for quite a while. Most of my succulents are watered every few weeks. I often wait till I see signs of needing water, rather than watering on a schedule to be on the safe side. When in doubt, water less than more. These plants can handle less water far better than more water. Smiling
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Fred1992
May 7, 2020 9:24 PM CST
Hey Macrocentra, thank you for the kind advice Smiling
Name: TK
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Macrocentra
May 7, 2020 9:26 PM CST
No problem. Smiling
Best of luck!

73381
May 8, 2020 5:00 AM CST

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Hello, I need help. I think my pup needs to be watered more as I have been watering the bare minimum. The roots dried up, went crackly and crumbled off, the stem has blackened and is very rough. It's still growing in new leaves which is surprising but it is clearly very dried out. How much exactly should I water it and how often. I think I'm going to water it all the way through until the water come out of the draining holes and then wait for it to thoroughly dry up. I'm really really hoping it wont die.

Fred1992
May 8, 2020 8:12 AM CST
Hi there!

I am no expert in this field. I would suggest making a new thread so that others with more experience are able to help you out.

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