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MrWalt
Mar 14, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Hello everyone! Sorry to bother all of you but I'm worried about the drying of the leaf from my plant. I'm thinking it could be due to a lack of water or of an exposure to too much sunlight. If anyone could offer their opinions Id appreciate them ever so much! I would also like to ask your preference in soil. In regards to the name, brand or type of soil you use.

I am trying my best to care for my plants so I am open to any and all help you may have! Thank you all so much for both your time and assistance Group hug

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tarev
Mar 14, 2017 12:34 PM CST
Hello Mr. Walt, is this a newly acquired plant you have recently repotted?

Looking at the photo, it seems to be the lower leaves that are drying up, so to me it is not a big issue. It is normal for most succulents to drop off older lower leaves. What I would caution you though is watering. Try to water the soil directly around the plant, not the crown of your plant. It is a different matter if grown outdoors, where there is faster evaporation and more airflow around. Indoors it will take time to dry out, which may cause some undue rotting in the middle part. So I would use some paper towel to dab away those excess water in between the leaves, or open a window if permissible or run your ceiling fan, to allow more airflow around your plant.

If this was a newly acquired plant from a store, I would carefully acclimate it to your growing location. Sometimes in store, the plants are not receiving proper light and exposing it to too much light at once will bleach the leaves, got to do it gradually as it acclimates in your growing area.

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MrWalt
Mar 14, 2017 12:58 PM CST
tarev said:Hello Mr. Walt, is this a newly acquired plant you have recently repotted?

Looking at the photo, it seems to be the lower leaves that are drying up, so to me it is not a big issue. It is normal for most succulents to drop off older lower leaves. What I would caution you though is watering. Try to water the soil directly around the plant, not the crown of your plant. It is a different matter if grown outdoors, where there is faster evaporation and more airflow around. Indoors it will take time to dry out, which may cause some undue rotting in the middle part. So I would use some paper towel to dab away those excess water in between the leaves, or open a window if permissible or run your ceiling fan, to allow more airflow around your plant.

If this was a newly acquired plant from a store, I would carefully acclimate it to your growing location. Sometimes in store, the plants are not receiving proper light and exposing it to too much light at once will bleach the leaves, got to do it gradually as it acclimates in your growing area.



Yes this plant is fairly new!
I appreciate your response and will definitely take it into practice. I was completely unaware of the damage I was causing by watering the crown. From now on I'll be sure to water around instead of directly on. Thank you again for your help! Thank You!
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tarev
Mar 14, 2017 1:17 PM CST
As I have mentioned earlier too, if you plan to bring it out later, do it in part sun/shade first, so that way it gets used to your outdoor conditions (temperature, heat, light levels). It would get better color once outdoors. Some succulents do their active gas exchange at night, when their stomates are open, during daytime it is closed as it conserves its moisture in its leaves. That is why they are quite drought tolerant when properly grown.

Allow the soil to dry up a bit before next watering. Better to water thoroughly once direct to the soil, seeing it drain out. Feel the weight of your container after watering, it will be heavier, as it dries up, it goes lighter, so that will help you gauge when to water again. Or stick bamboo skewer into the soil, if it comes out wet, delay watering. Another thing I do, if there is space in the container, I put one big rock beside the plant, if I lift the rock and shows it is still wet under the rock, then I delay watering again.

You may want to repot later to a slightly bigger container once it grows more actively, whichever container you use, always use ones with drainage holes.
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Baja_Costero
Mar 14, 2017 4:11 PM CST

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The plant will enjoy a pot at least twice as big, I would think around 6 inches (15cm).

For more info check out this recent thread where a similar looking plant came up. The post with a flower picture may give you some idea how your plant may grow up.

The thread "Aloe (I think) help" in Cactus and Tender Succulents forum
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MrWalt
Mar 15, 2017 1:19 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:The plant will enjoy a pot at least twice as big, I would think around 6 inches (15cm).

For more info check out this recent thread where a similar looking plant came up. The post with a flower picture may give you some idea how your plant may grow up.

The thread "Aloe (I think) help" in Cactus and Tender Succulents forum


All right will do. Thanks for the comment! Thank You!

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