Cactus and Succulents forum→UNDER- or OVER- watering - Which is it? (Help!) see pictures

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May 27, 2020 6:16 AM CST
Hi all,

My echeveria has been sat on a window sill in my bathroom for the past month or so. It was doing great but a recent wave of hot weather (maybe?) and it's started to look like this.

I've also watered it a couple times but maybe too much, but with all the hot weather I'm not sure?

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Is this a sign of under or over-watering?


Name: Baja
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May 27, 2020 10:19 AM CST


The plant needs a much bigger pot (like twice the width of the current one). The new pot should be wider than deep, with holes at the bottom. The soil should be fast draining, like regular potting soil mixed with an equal volume of perlite/pumice/gritty equivalent.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 27, 2020 10:21 AM CST
The problem is over-watering and under-watering look the same. When you water your Echeveria, does it perk up a little by the next day (make sure the soil is actually wet)?

Does the decorative pot have drainage or do you take it out to water? The pot looks very small; my guess would be under-watering, but it also needs a lot more sun.
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Name: Rose
Colorado (Zone 5b)
May 28, 2020 6:04 AM CST
I agree with Baja and Daisy that it looks like it could use a bigger pot, and Daisy is right on in asking whether it plumps up when you water. If it does, then problem solved -- it was just thirsty. If it does not, then your plant isn't drinking, which could mean you've over watered and have rotten roots, or have compacted soil that isn't allowing water to the roots.

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