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Name: Jean Praveen
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JeanPraveen
Nov 2, 2016 9:30 AM CST
Hi , i bought a few succulents and a cactus. But I don't know what went wrong. Only the cactus seems to look fine now. Others have lost their sheen and seems dry only on the tips. Few small ones are dried up. Please check the pictures and let me know what went wrong.

Thanks
Jean

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tarev
Nov 2, 2016 9:54 AM CST
Hello Jean, what are your growing conditions like? Temperature daytime/overnight and location, is it indoors or outdoors where you grow them? Orientation of light?

On the last two photos, seems the plants are drying up leaves at the bottom. Seems natural, succulents will lose their older leaves at the bottom first. As long as it is growing new ones at the center, it is doing good. You may have to give it more light, if you are growing it indoors, otherwise plant will etiolate going lanky as it tries to seek more light. Btw, I see no cactus on the photos you have there. The 2nd one with deeper green leaves looks more like some type of aloe gasteria hybrid.

As for the first photo, variety of reasons why that plant went that way, either:
1) plant maybe dormant and got watered, so the plant dies, not ready to take up anything
2) plant may have been actively growing but got overwatered, so the plant still dies.

But I still see some signs of green there, maybe try to remove all the dried up parts, and keep it warm and dry, position in part sun area, and it may bounce back. Use a smaller container, lay the plant on top of the soil, and wait very patiently.

Good luck Smiling
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greene
Nov 2, 2016 10:43 AM CST
What type of soil/growing medium are you using?
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Name: Jean Praveen
India
JeanPraveen
Nov 3, 2016 4:32 AM CST
Thanks for the replies. Appreciate it.

I stay in Hyderabad, India. The temperature varies from 30 degree celicus to 25 degrees in the night. I have placed them near a window.

I'm not quite sure of the soil. I bought them from the nursery.

I have also noticed few white spots on the leaves. Not sure about what it can be.

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tarev
Nov 3, 2016 8:59 AM CST
JeanPraveen said:Thanks for the replies. Appreciate it.

I stay in Hyderabad, India. The temperature varies from 30 degree celicus to 25 degrees in the night. I have placed them near a window.

I'm not quite sure of the soil. I bought them from the nursery.

I have also noticed few white spots on the leaves. Not sure about what it can be.

Attached few more pics.

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Hello Jean, ah, there is the cacti, that round one. Your temperature is just right for them. How about rainfall in your area, does it rain a lot at this time of the year or is it done for the season? Looking at your media, I do see some perlite, so that is good, but your can further add in more pumice then top dress with crushed lava rock or chicken grit (insoluble crushed granite) to your media.

Making your media as porous and gritty as you can will help the plants have better drainage at the root zone, so it does not sit in water too long. It will also protect the base of the plant, from being too soaking wet. When you water, do it when media has gone dry and do it direct to the root zone, making sure water runs out of the drain holes, then leave it alone till it dries again. Succulent leaves stomates are closed during daytime and it opens up at night when it does its gas exchange. Depending on the intensity of your sun there, I find they do better in part sun during the hottest part of the day.

To give you an idea how gritty I make my media, here are some of my containers, there is cacti mix under that chicken grit top dressing, containers are shallow and wide, so it helps dry out the root zone faster. I do not know if you have cacti mix sold there, if you do not have it, find more perlite or pumice and mix it in your soil.
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About the white powdery stuff on the leaves, it looks like powdery mildew, see this link and read through it, and see which remedies area available in your area: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/w...
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Nov 3, 2016 9:10 AM CST
Tarev, that Gollum looks great. Thumbs up
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Name: Jean Praveen
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Nov 7, 2016 8:12 AM CST
Tarev Thanks a million !! Will do that 😊😊
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Nov 7, 2016 9:31 AM CST
Tarev, I so admire that beautiful trunk on your Crassala, Gollum. What are the other two wonderful looking succulents in the pot.
@JeanPraveen, good luck with your plants. I have a couple succulents that look quite similar to yours, health wise. When I get concerned for a plant, the hardest thing to do is leave it alone. Good luck.
Tarev is a gardening wizard with succulents. If you are not familiar with Tarev's plants you should check them out. You will be amazed.
The depth of detail on how succulents work, and "exactly" what care to give is so helpful. I cannot overstate how I learned more in a couple minutes from this, than I have in the months of researching all I can find on succulent care. Tarev, thank you for this post. I am pasting it to my succulent folder.
If I can add a question, for both JeanPraveen and I, would you recommend the use of some rooting hormone when planting the rooted plant back in soil?
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tarev
Nov 7, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Hi Laurie,

The succulents growing with Crassula ovata 'Gollum', the one that has leaves that looks like puffy pie, it is called Adromischus Cristatus, nickname is Key Lime Pie. The other one that has leaves that looks like tentacles, that is called Euphorbia flanaganii. Usually, all my Euphorbias should be indoors already, but this container is an exception for now, it seems this Euphorbia is more cold tolerant compared to the others I have, and it gets nicely red when it feels too cold. But it is better to protect it from too much cold, it will suffer too, so I am watching our overnights. So far our conditions this time is cool and dry, so this container is on reprieve, and still staying outdoors, in consideration too for the Crassula which enjoys cool and dry conditions.

You can use rooting hormone if you want too. More often, if it is cuttings, more important to let the cut end callus before you lay down on the soil. But oftentimes, if I can delay repot to Spring, I delay it. The plants are starting to slow down in growth in Fall to Winter, except for the succulents that really are more winter active growers like Crassulas and Aeoniums. And our individual growing areas are so different too, our winters are milder, if your area is more rainy cold or more snow prone, then you got a different cold condition going, for sure you will have to augment the light aspect, more warmth, better rooting. More active rooting occurs in Spring, when temps has nicely returned to 65F to 85F and natural light is getting longer too.

Hope that helps! Smiling Smiling

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