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succulents1294
Nov 7, 2020 3:36 AM CST
I got this plant for my birthday and it was my first succulent, I admired it every day, I researched when and how to water it gave it not too much but a sufficient sunlight and watered it around every two weeks because it easily became yellow. Then, after I allowed it to dry and it wasn't rotted any more I noticed the leaves were wrinkled and turning black. Now nearly 10 leaves have fallen off and turning wrinkly and black and I feel like crying as it was my favourite plant. Why is it showing symptoms of both under and over-watering. I put it in very expensive succulent soil, with perlite, transferred it into a larger pot but the roots have not grown at all . I am very upset and have put it with dry soil, a small pot and moved it to the spot where it was once thriving. I removed the black leaves but here is a picture of part of it. There is also a
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Name: Luis
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
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luis_pr
Nov 7, 2020 4:58 AM CST
Black leaves on succulents are often a sign of overwatering so if the leaves are turning black (not purple), that could mean that the succulent's roots are rotting due to overwatering or it can be a sign that the plant is sitting in the wrong type of potting mix (not a well draining mix).
London
succulents1294
Nov 7, 2020 5:07 AM CST
Thank you!! But when I felt the soil it was dry! And the leaves are wrinkled but thank you for your suggestion!
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas Salvias Roses Hibiscus Plumerias
luis_pr
Nov 7, 2020 9:16 AM CST
They may have been overwatered and that allowed root rot to develop. Then you cut back on watering and it dried out too much. Or it died from the root rot and the leaves wrinkled. But Crassula perforata that does that blackening normally though, near the bottom of the stems only. Make sure the potting mix is for cacti/succulents (gritty).

Use a skewer to check if they need watering: insert the skewer in the pot half way down. If it feels wet/cold or some soil is sticking to it, it is still wet & don't need watering.
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succulents1294
Nov 7, 2020 11:44 AM CST
That's a great tip!! Will do, tysm!!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 7, 2020 12:45 PM CST
Your Echeveria needs more light - its losing its purple from lack of adequate light. In the house, in London, the sunniest window you have.

When plants look under and overwatered at the same time, it means the roots have been compromised and are no longer doing their job. Succulents don't care how much you paid for the soil, only that it absorbs moisture then drains and dries fast. Any leaves touching soil will rot off. Constantly disturbing the roots will not help it re-root but will cause more problems. Does the pot have a drainage hole?

Using a skewer to gage moisture is a good idea but, push the skewer all the way to the bottom of the pot, leave it for a minute and pull it out. Then you can gage moisture all the way to the bottom of the pot, not just the top half. Don't put anything over the drainage hole. If the hole is too large, a piece of newspaper or paper towel will work well. Don't water immediately after you repot as this can lead to root rot.
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London
succulents1294
Nov 7, 2020 12:49 PM CST
Thank you!! It was previously in a larger pot with drainage hole , but I know it's wrong but this morning, I without thinking put it in a pot without one, I have to change it back! Grin
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 7, 2020 12:53 PM CST
Yes, you do. But into a small pot just bigger than the rootball. Don't water for at least a week.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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