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jasteama
Mar 8, 2017 5:38 PM CST
I purchased all my succulents about 2 weeks ago from a nearby nursery. I had some help from a lady, and she told me to wait 2 weeks before watering. Yesterday I watered them for the first time. I've been noticing though that the leaves on my large echeveria seem a bit soft to the touch, and the bottom ones are starting to shrivel.The top part of the succulent still feels stiff. I've attached some photos. Is my plant dying, or didnit just need water? Can I save it? (It does stay outside, but morning sun rises and does shine on it for a few hours a day.)

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tarev
Mar 8, 2017 5:46 PM CST
Hello jasteama, to play safe, I would try to check condition of the roots.
I see the center part is green. It is also possible it is just shedding the older lower leaves.
Don't know where you are located, so it depends what is your outdoor temps right now. But typically it can take the mild winter cold we have here. What they hate is being cold and sitting wet at the same time.

Also is that container with drainage holes? Was it repotted after you purchased it, and if it was, what type of soil did you use?
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DaisyI
Mar 8, 2017 8:57 PM CST
If the problem was overwatering, the new growth would be soft and the smaller plants would also be affected. There is no need to dump them out to check the roots.

They got a little too much sun a little too fast. If you bought them from a nursery, chances are your little plants have spent their lives in the cover of shade cloth or a greenhouse. The smaller ones (the darker one looks more like a Sempervirens to me) are being shaded by the larger (something close to Echeveria Curlylocks) so they didn't burn.

Although the older leaves on Curlylocks are sunburned, the new growth is coming out crisp and healthy because it developed in the sun. Those shiveled and soft leaves will not recover but the new leaves will be fine. That particular plant will quickly grow too large - the smaller plants will be crowded out.
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Baja_Costero
Mar 9, 2017 10:01 PM CST
I agree with Daisy about not messing with the roots (once is enough, risk vs. reward) and also about the eventual size of the plant. It looks like gibbiflora or a hybrid (as are many of the ruffled Echeverias). You should know that they are quite temperamental plants and can be very different sizes and colors depending on their exposure and age, presumably due to sun stress and whatever other stressors you throw in the mix. It is natural for the bottom leaves to die, dry up and fall off the stem. The balance between that activity and the generation of new leaves determines the size of the rosette, if that makes sense.

This is a plant I have as gibbiflora, growing in day-long sun (fairly compact and colorful).

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