Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Succulent Doctor Help!

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hkuhn66
Dec 18, 2016 8:38 PM CST

Hello!

This is my first succulent and we've been together for about a month. I was told he needs low light and so was only getting him some back window light every day and trying not to over water. But he was happy and healthy until the past week and a half! I noticed that the leaves on the bottom were shriviling and browning but the internet said this was normal so I let it go. Then the past two days I had to travel and couldn't keep the plants in the window for fear my cats would knock them over. When I returned the succulent looked alot more withered and some top leaves were starting to go so I put him in the window to get the last two hours of sun. When I took him out just an hour ago his top leaf tips turned dark green and started to roll inward. Other factors I'm not sure about: I've never repotted him since purchase and the window gets pretty cold from the outside but it is above a heater.

Could I have killed my plant in a week? Is there any way to save him now? Please help!


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 18, 2016 9:22 PM CST
Welcome!

No, I think it took the whole month to kill your plant. Low light?? NO! Bright, indirect light and low light are about 5000k apart. I'm not sure your plant is salvageable. Maybe someone else will have a better outlook but it looks like it rotted to me. A combination of too low light and too much heat from that heater could easily do this amount of damage. You essentially took a plant that was trying to take its long winter's nap, put it in a dark place and then cooked it. Crying

You might try salvaging a couple of those lower leaves that don't seem to crispy and root them.
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hkuhn66
Dec 18, 2016 9:38 PM CST
Oh no! D'Oh! Okay, I'll try the lower leaves in a different spot. Thanks for the help!
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madcratebuilder
Dec 19, 2016 9:49 AM CST
welcome to the asylum, ...er forum.

Cold window=bad
heat vent=very bad
Bright light=very good
dry soil =good

Without enough light it's a lost cause, keep it on the dry side and maybe you can save it.
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tarev
Dec 19, 2016 10:21 AM CST
Hello hkuhn66, just remove the dried out lower leaves below, and try to give more light. I still see green parts there, so I do not easily give up on those. Try to feel the base of the plant, if it still feels firm, then it may just have a chance. The center part of the rosette is not looking too dead to me yet.

Very important as you remove those dried out leaves, see if the leaves have some white stuff at the point where it connects to the stem. Sometimes, the drying out is caused by those mealy bugs that finds its way at that junction, sucking out the life of the plant.

It is normal also for the older, lower leaves to dry out and drop. As the seasons change, the plant will try to grow new ones from the center. So protect the center of the rosette and the base of the plant, that it does not go mushy.

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