Ask a Question forum→Succulent leaves falling off!

Views: 755, Replies: 14 » Jump to the end
London
Jana01jana
Oct 25, 2020 4:07 AM CST
I've had this succulent for quite a while now, and it's dropped leaves before, but just the lower ones, and they would get very shrivelled up before falling. This time the are falling from all over the plant and shrivel once fallen. They're not mushy or anything so I doubt its over watering... I recently moved house, could it be stress? How can I save her??



Thumb of 2020-10-25/Jana01jana/e7f50d

Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Image
BigBill
Oct 25, 2020 4:23 AM CST
Probably due to a lack of good sunlight.
When you grow orchids, it is all about the ROOTS!!!
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas Salvias Roses Hibiscus Plumerias
luis_pr
Oct 25, 2020 4:27 AM CST
Could be transplant shock since the new place will not provide the exact same conditions as the previous one. How is the environment in its new location? Is it getting different temperatures, is it in a drafty area; did you overfertilize it; maybe it is getting less sunlight than before? I assume you looked for pests already? Did the problem start after the move?
London
Jana01jana
Oct 25, 2020 4:35 AM CST
BigBill said:Probably due to a lack of good sunlight.


It's getting less sunlight than before the move, but it's still getting plenty.... I'll try to move it to a better place, thanks
London
Jana01jana
Oct 25, 2020 4:38 AM CST
luis_pr said:Could be transplant shock since the new place will not provide the exact same conditions as the previous one. How is the environment in its new location? Is it getting different temperatures, is it in a drafty area; did you overfertilize it; maybe it is getting less sunlight than before? I assume you looked for pests already? Did the problem start after the move?


Thanks for your reply!
It's got less sunlight and I think this room is probably a bit warmer than my old one, not a drafty area at all... Apart from the leaves falling, it's looking really healthy so I don't think it's a pest, although I don't really know. Yes, the problem started straight after the move.
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Image
BigBill
Oct 25, 2020 8:40 AM CST
Jana, you may think that it is enough light but the leaves dropping off say different. Try moving it to a real sunny spot for a few months a see what happens.
When you grow orchids, it is all about the ROOTS!!!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Roses Clematis
Houseplants Foliage Fan Keeper of Poultry Dog Lover Birds Hummingbirder
Image
Calif_Sue
Oct 25, 2020 10:24 AM CST

Plants Admin

I agree lack of sunlight as it's extremely etiolated so it's not "getting plenty" of sunlight.
My gardening Blog!
Handmade quilts, new & vintage fabrics in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Instagram Sewing posts
[Last edited by Calif_Sue - Oct 25, 2020 10:25 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #2371307 (7)
London
Jana01jana
Oct 25, 2020 11:57 AM CST
Calif_Sue said: I agree lack of sunlight as it's extremely etiolated so it's not "getting plenty" of sunlight.


Great, thanks! So do you think it'll be okay if I just put it in a place with lots of light?
London
Jana01jana
Oct 25, 2020 11:58 AM CST
BigBill said:Jana, you may think that it is enough light but the leaves dropping off say different. Try moving it to a real sunny spot for a few months a see what happens.


Thank you Bill, I will
Southwest U.S. (Zone 7a)
MsDoe
Oct 26, 2020 9:14 AM CST
Yikes, poor thing, that's not how they're supposed to grow! It's extremely stretched out, trying to find more light. Is there any chance you could put a grow light on it?
If it were mine I would cut off the top and re-start it in a much smaller pot, in fast draining gritty soil. And find a way to put a grow light over it!
Some succulents will sprout a new plant from a fallen leaf, I'd also give that a try, see what happens.
Welcome!
London
Jana01jana
Oct 26, 2020 10:03 AM CST
MsDoe said: Yikes, poor thing, that's not how they're supposed to grow! It's extremely stretched out, trying to find more light. Is there any chance you could put a grow light on it?
If it were mine I would cut off the top and re-start it in a much smaller pot, in fast draining gritty soil. And find a way to put a grow light over it!
Some succulents will sprout a new plant from a fallen leaf, I'd also give that a try, see what happens.
Welcome!


Thank you for your answer!
I can buy a grow light, it might help with some of my other plants so it's a good investment. I have taken your advice and have cut the top off, I will buy some really good soil and repot it.
Yes, I'll try to propagate the leaves, but it doesn't always work.

Southwest U.S. (Zone 7a)
MsDoe
Oct 26, 2020 10:25 AM CST
Let the cut top dry out for a few days, then plant it in a small pot with gritty cactus soil. The stretched out old stem might send out new growth, might not, but the top should grow for you. It will really benefit from a lot more light.
Do you have other houseplants? Some varieties do fine with lower light levels, but not succulents.
London
Jana01jana
Oct 26, 2020 11:26 AM CST
MsDoe said: Let the cut top dry out for a few days, then plant it in a small pot with gritty cactus soil. The stretched out old stem might send out new growth, might not, but the top should grow for you. It will really benefit from a lot more light.
Do you have other houseplants? Some varieties do fine with lower light levels, but not succulents.


OK, will do that thank you very much.
I do 😥 I have quite a lot of succulents and cacti... They've all been fine except this one, but my new room has a lot less direct sunlight... I hope they don't all die Sad

Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
CPPgardener
Oct 26, 2020 4:06 PM CST
I think part of the problem may also be that it looks like a trailing type sedum that is being forced to grow up when it wants to grow sideways. They also tend to have leaves that are very, very easily broken off the stem. Let it grow sideways and see what happens.
“That which is, is.That which happens, happens.” Douglas Adams
London
Jana01jana
Oct 26, 2020 4:35 PM CST
CPPgardener said:I think part of the problem may also be that it looks like a trailing type sedum that is being forced to grow up when it wants to grow sideways. They also tend to have leaves that are very, very easily broken off the stem. Let it grow sideways and see what happens.


Ok! I'll see if it grows sideways now that it's in shorter cuttings. Thank you!

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "willows"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.