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jikoller
Jun 15, 2020 9:37 AM CST
My succulent is not doing so hot.
It's by a sunny window and I do not water it often but the bottom leaves keep shriveling up and falling off. Also some leaves get really brown crispy tips.

Any advice or anyone had the same issues?

Thanks in advance!
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oneeyeluke
Jun 15, 2020 11:26 PM CST
You are keep the soil too wet and not enough dry time between waterings. Succulents will fool you into giving them water when you shouldn't. Give them more dry time.
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Baja_Costero
Jun 15, 2020 11:32 PM CST
Can we see a picture of the whole plant?
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DaisyI
Jun 15, 2020 11:33 PM CST
Can you back up and take photos of the whole plant?
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jikoller
Jun 21, 2020 10:26 AM CST
Here are photos of the plant as a whole. It's mostly the leaves at the bottom that are shriveling up.

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 21, 2020 12:27 PM CST
It looks okay to me. Your plant is an Aeonium. How much and how often do you water?
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jikoller
Jun 21, 2020 12:42 PM CST
I only water it when the soil feels dry. It's felt wet for awhile so Ive been holding off. I just got concerned because the bottom leaves were shriveling up. Maybe I was overthinking!
Thanks you all for the prompt responses! I don't have a lot of experience with succulents
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Baja_Costero
Jun 21, 2020 12:57 PM CST
How often does the soil go dry? Are you just going by surface moisture or are you figuring out what's happening at depth?

If the soil seems to take a long time to dry out, consider increasing the exposure. More light will drive more evaporation, and indoors the more natural light the better for the plant itself.

Aeoniums do go through an annual cycle of growth (fall through spring) and rest (summer), if not in an absolute sense. You should expect your plant to have smaller rosettes with fewer leaves in summer, and that's typically associated with the shedding of old dry leaves. This effect should be temporary if it's just seasonal, reversing in the fall. Let's try to work out the watering, though, because that could also explain what you're observing. One thing to avoid is to "treat" the plant for its summer blues by giving it more water... excess water during summer is not a good idea with this genus. More about Aeoniums here:

The Aeoniums Database

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