Cactus and Succulents forum: Help my little buddy- sick succulent

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Apr 2, 2017 6:32 PM CST
Hopefully someone can give me some answers even if not a solution. I have had this succulent for about a year now and I thought it was doing fine but all of a sudden I looked over two days ago and it had fallen over. Now it seems to be separating. I believe it is a haworthia but when purchased was just labelled succulent. It lives with a cacti that seems to be doing fine but I did have another succulent that died several months ago. I have had issues with mold but I thought I got that under control a couple of months ago. I also have a jade plant that is potted separately but in the same soil that is doing extrememly well. If anyone has information to try to help me save it I would really appreciate it. I've come to always look at it when I go in the kitchen and not seeing it anymore would be really sad. Thank you!
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The one picture was taken when the other succulent died. I moved the one that is now sick from that bowl afterwards because I wasnt sure why that one died. The other show when it is now and what it looks like.
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Apr 2, 2017 8:28 PM CST
It is an Haworthia and it is just a guess but I'd bet the plant is suffering from receiving too much water.

In my experience, Haworthia roots draw up over winter and require less moisture. When they start the growth period they can assimilate the moisture far better. I would remove the plant and let it dry out, removing the loose leaves Then repot in a dry mix.

Welcome & best wishes with your plant.
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Apr 3, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Yes, too much water. The little cactus in the pot is also dead. The one with the orange 'head' is doing well only because the Hylocereus it is grafted to can handle more water.
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Apr 3, 2017 1:33 PM CST


A container without holes in the bottom is not going to work for most succulents. The water needs an exit. This is probably as much as anything responsible for the demise of your plant, if I imagine the bottom of the bowl right.
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Apr 4, 2017 10:26 AM CST
Hello JadedLizer, growing them in glass containers with no drainage holes is such a slow death sentence for it. If it were mine, I would move it to a new container with drainage holes, use new cactus mix with lots of pumice or perlite. It prefers to be on the warm, dry side.

Your container photos had various succulents with varying watering/lighting needs. So the combination was not at all conducive for them, aggravated by a container with no drain holes.

Top dressing them with those glass things are okay, but got to make sure below soil level remains porous and not sitting in too moist conditions very long, so you have to move them in containers with drain holes. Try to use shallow and wide containers with drain holes rather than deep ones. After repotting them, position it in part sun/shade for awhile to acclimate slowly to new set-up.

There is still hope for your Haworthias..good luck, and do update us later how it goes.

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