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eclecticEnthusiast
Mar 30, 2017 6:10 PM CST
Oh no!!!!!!!! I just looked over my kalanchoe and noticed something wrong with the leaves! I don't know what's happening. Am I over watering it? It didn't look like this yesterday.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Mar 30, 2017 8:08 PM CST
I don't know specifically, but if you suspect you are overwatering, start there. Make sure that there are drainage holes in the pot. These are dry-land plants that don't need or want to stay too wet.
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Ohio
eclecticEnthusiast
Mar 31, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Okay, thank you. I'll start with that.
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purpleinopp
Apr 1, 2017 6:07 AM CST
How long have you had this plant? Is it in a spot where the sun can shine right on it for a while each day?
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eclecticEnthusiast
Apr 2, 2017 5:15 AM CST
I've had it for almost two months. It is in a place where it can get sunlight, but sometimes it gets really foggy and I don't know if that might be affecting it. My mother said that it's rootbound, though.
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purpleinopp
Apr 2, 2017 5:31 AM CST
Fog should be fine, as long as it gets sunny later, most days. Are you able to add a pic of the whole plant?
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sallyg
Apr 2, 2017 5:32 AM CST
rootbound is not a crisis, in and of itself.
Did it come from a greenhouse/nursery two months ago?
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eclecticEnthusiast
Apr 3, 2017 9:05 AM CST
My grandmother brought the plant over during Valentine's Day, but she never told me where she got it from. Also, we just got a bigger pot to put it in. I am unable to take a full picture of it currently, no.
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sallyg
Apr 3, 2017 9:07 AM CST
From a store, it will not need immediate repotting.
Overwatering seems to be the most common problem with potted plants.
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eclecticEnthusiast
Apr 3, 2017 1:16 PM CST
Well, we got it repotted yesterday, and after pulling it out we noticed that it was mostly roots and not very much soil.
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purpleinopp
Apr 3, 2017 3:09 PM CST
It looks like it had gotten thirsty. Agree that overwatering kills a lot of plants, but it's the suffocation of lack of oxygen that does it, not the presence of moisture, which the plant needs, and once thirst progresses past a point, roots literally shrivel from desiccation and are no longer alive. Watering this plant can turn it to mush pretty quickly, as the necrotic tissues now have moisture to speed the process of decomposition. Roots need oxygen & moisture at the same time to stay healthy & do their job of delivering moisture to foliage. In a plastic pot, the oxygen can be more difficult to maintain, depending on the structure/type of "soil" used, whether it is forced tightly into the pot, movement of ambient air, whether or not there is a drain saucer that fills with runoff water. Many factors contribute.
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tarev
Apr 3, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Just be careful with watering. Looking at your repotted plant now, expect the outer, older leaves to die off eventually, it is the first ones to go, so do not be tempted to water more than should be. But new growth should emerge from the center. When the bloomstalks are done and brown, you can twist them off.

If you are unsure if soil is still wet, stick a bamboo skewer. If it come out wet, delay watering.
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eclecticEnthusiast
Apr 4, 2017 2:37 PM CST
The soil in the pot is pretty loose and there are some rocks at the bottom for drainage. And I agree that those leaves should die off soon, but even the small newer ones seem to be wilting, so I don't think it's entirely natural.
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tarev
Apr 4, 2017 2:51 PM CST
Succulents naturally like being outdoors to grow, rather than indoors. There is a gas exchange that happens at night, which it also needs to be optimally getting to grow better. So when you get the chance and your conditions outdoors are good, try to bring it out in part shade, gradually moving to a bit more sun, and see if it helps improve things.

At least it is showing some new growth, though not in the best condition yet, but give it time.
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eclecticEnthusiast
Apr 16, 2017 1:06 PM CST
I am glad to say that the Kalanchoe is doing much better. The wilted leaves have fallen off, but the other ones aren't wilting. I think this problem is over, but I don't know yet. Actually, I had it outside last night. I left it (as well as a few other succulents) out all night and, it didn't say anything on the weather, it rained last night and this morning. The Kalanchoe appears to be fine, but I have a Haworthia, too. I checked it this morning and it's turned slightly brown, and the area of the plant that's under the soil turned basically into paper. Not brittle, like the leaves on the Kalanchoe were, but soft. I don't have a picture right now, but that's a different problem, so I might just start a new thread. Thank you for the help!

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