Cactus and Succulents forum→Please help... succulent is dying

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(Zone 9b)
Mar 4, 2021 8:56 AM CST
Hello everyone!
I am new at succulents and also new in the forum so any help would be very much appreciated. Attached you will find pictures of the situation, so you can see where the light comes from and how near to the plants, and all the succulent sharing the same pot and how 'populated' it is. This morning one of my succulents, which I don't know its kind and thought it was doing good, showed signs of pale yellowish color at the bottom and collapsed as you can see in the pictures. What am I doing wrong? Is it the spring or my lack of a green thumb? Details: last watering was 2 weeks ago, made sure it drained.
I'm all ears I'm all ears!
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Mar 5, 2021 8:22 AM CST


Any stems that went brown at the base and fell over are lost. The others may survive, but they are starved for light and that seems to be the main cause of the problem. They need to be at the level of the window, not below it (where the wall is blocking some of the light). Are there blinds on the window? I can't tell from the picture.

(Zone 9b)
Mar 6, 2021 11:27 AM CST
Thank You!
Now I then might be a question of not sufficient light, so that's probably why they're growing so tall in a desperate search for light. I thought they were happy since I saw so many little ones growing from the mother plant.
I have to think some other way to relocate them higher, and yes, there is a blind on that window that I keep open during daytime, a window faces North by the way. The other windows are impossible locations for my plants, they're either bathrooms or bedrooms Sad

What kind of succulent is the one that died? I can not find it on succulent types to find out how to take care of it.
Last question: is that ok that 3 types of succulents share that same pot?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Mar 6, 2021 1:12 PM CST
I believe its an Aloe (the other plant is a Jade). Plants can share pots if they take similar care and light. A north window, even at window level, will not be enough light to make your succulents happy.

You can add grow lights or grow different (shade loving) plants.
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(Zone 9b)
Mar 6, 2021 8:46 PM CST
DaisyI said:You can add grow lights or grow different (shade loving) plants.

Thank you for the information, I appreciate it.
I'd like to explore the grow lights option. Any recommendations for indoors?

Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Mar 6, 2021 8:51 PM CST


We have a thread devoted to this topic:

The thread "Artificial light for cacti and other succulents" in Cactus and Succulents forum
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(Zone 9b)
Mar 6, 2021 9:19 PM CST
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Name: LoveEarth&Prosper

Mar 9, 2021 2:33 PM CST
Succulents are great indoor plants, but they do require different methods for potting than traditional plants.
Succulents are in the same category as cacti but cannot survive in the same sun exposure and high temperatures as cactus.

From looking at your pictures of your succulent babies, the two main problems you're having are caused by the same thing: your soil.

Succulents are naturally found in usually uninhabited, semi-desert areas of the world such as South America, mountainous regions, and parts of Africa. These places normally have soil that's dry and resembling sand, gravel, or loose dirt.

Potting soil could never accommodate succulents because of its compaction and lack of aeration to the roots. It also can become a breeding ground for mold and hold access moisture which can damage the plant (The yellowing of the plant shows that its soil has retained too much water and is starting to rot the roots of your plant.).

Change your potting mix, and refrain from watering until the plant acclimates to its new growing medium.

Succulent growing mediums are sold in many gardening stores, but you can create your own by mimicking their natural environment. Succulents need soil that drains properly and that is porous for roots to breathe.

Succulent growing mixtures should be created using inorganic and organic matter. Most common mixes are composed of peat moss, some non-acidic compost, crushed stones, and perlite. Crushed stones or granite are important to create spaces in the soil for roots to breathe.

When you repot your succulents, be sure to clean the root system (removing dead roots and clumpy soil) and remove any trace of the previous soil to prevent infection of fungus, mold spores, or other problems that may have developed in your potting soil.

For more information on succulent care and to subscribe to a monthly succulent subscription with a variety of over 300 species of these beautiful plants, check out this link:
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I HOPE THIS HELPS! Please let me know when you have successfully rehabilitated your succulents.
(Zone 9b)
Mar 12, 2021 7:56 AM CST
Thank you! I never considered the soil, but it does make a lot of sense. I purchased these succulent arrangements last year and they came like that, so never thought of changing soil assuming the little succulents had been placed on the right soil environment but I can try getting special soil for them. Any tips on replanting?
They're just temporarily in my bedroom facing a south window just for now while I wait for my grow light, I hope they adapt well.
Thank you all for your replies, they're really helpful.

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