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Oct 25, 2020 4:07 AM CST
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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??



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Oct 25, 2020 4:23 AM CST
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Probably due to a lack of good sunlight.
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Oct 25, 2020 4:27 AM CST
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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?
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Oct 25, 2020 4:35 AM CST
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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
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Oct 25, 2020 4:38 AM CST
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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.
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Oct 25, 2020 8:40 AM CST
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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.
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I agree lack of sunlight as it's extremely etiolated so it's not "getting plenty" of sunlight.
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Oct 25, 2020 11:57 AM CST
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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?
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Oct 25, 2020 11:58 AM CST
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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
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Oct 26, 2020 9:14 AM CST
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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.
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Oct 26, 2020 10:03 AM CST
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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.
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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.
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Oct 26, 2020 10:25 AM CST
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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.
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Oct 26, 2020 11:26 AM CST
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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
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Oct 26, 2020 4:06 PM CST
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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.
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Oct 26, 2020 4:35 PM CST
London
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!
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