Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Health of my succulent

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Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 9:51 AM CST
I have received yesterday 2 succulents by postal (yeah i'm sure it's not the best way ;)

One is really good, but the other seems kinda bad ... i wrote to the site that told me it was due to the rubbing ...
Do you think it is the cause ?

Do I need to wait to see how it evolves, or do you think it's just the plant is sick ?
If there's a doctor in the plane I'd like to hear a diagnostic Big Grin

Thanx Smiling

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Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
Beekeeper Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 10:54 AM CST
I think it may be a fungal leaf-spot disease. As far as I know once the disease is present, there's no cure. May be caused by over watering, I've seen it on outdoor plants that get a lot of rain.
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Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 11:07 AM CST
hmm ... so the only thing I can do is wait and see if maybe the plant can fight it ? dammit

So it means the guy of the site I ordered it is laying to me, when he says it's due to rubbing :/
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Love animals and nature!
Sep 25, 2016 2:00 PM CST
It probably means he knows nothing about these gorgeous plants and I would never get them from him again. I got mine from a local store.
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Sep 25, 2016 2:11 PM CST


Weird things like that can mean nothing or genuinely affect the long term health of your plant, and the only way to find out is to take good care of the plant for a while and see what happens with the new leaves. If you're concerned about something contagious, try to quarantine the new plant.

If you're not sure what might be wrong, you would be acting imprudently to blame the seller at this point. To my eyes the brownish areas look older than a couple of days, but who knows really.

One thing above all to respect and understand is that Aeoniums have an annual cycle of growth (fall through spring) and rest (summer). Late summer (sometimes into early fall if it's hot) is when they are going to look their worst and be at their most sluggish, guaranteed. Here's a picture of another variegated Aeonium at the end of summer... those black spots are of zero concern to me except for aesthetics, because I know from experience that they're a temporary thing the plant will grow out of.

The other plants around here look worse actually because they are not receiving any protection from the sun.

Your Aeonium may change radically and look quite different in a few weeks, so give it good light (like indoors right by a sunny windowsill) and see what happens. The key thing to look for is whether the new leaves are healthy or diseased.
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Cat Lover
Sep 25, 2016 2:40 PM CST
Yes, i'll wait and see how it will evolve .... hope all we be good, I like my plant Lovey dubby

Thanx for all your answers

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