Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Is my Succulent Okay?

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simdarius
Jun 2, 2017 2:48 AM CST
I'm new to succulents and a friend pointed out to me that one of the succulents I planted had white spots on it. I was wondering if this could be mold, disease, bugs, sunburn, or if this is perfectly normal. Attached is a picture.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 2, 2017 10:06 AM CST

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I would not worry too much about the white spots. The overall appearance of the plant suggests that it might be suffering from sun or heat stress. What is your location? How is the climate? How much sun does the plant get? Can you take a picture from further back showing more?

simdarius
Jun 2, 2017 12:11 PM CST
My location is Hawaii. The climate is somewhat hot (high 70 to high 80 degrees with high humidity). The plant gets about 12 hours of sun a day. Attached is a picture from further back.

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 2, 2017 12:15 PM CST
Is it possible to put a big, taller rock, just to cast a shadow on the plant. It seems getting too hot for the long duration of sun, although the temps are not that bad..I think the long duration it may not like. It looks like some type of sedum and I find most sedums likes it cooler growing area, enjoys the bright light but not the intense sun.
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Jun 2, 2017 12:30 PM CST

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I agree

That bronze color can be an attractive accent when the plant is in a more protected location, but it may also be a warning sign that things are going wrong (probably best corrected before summer). If you can find a way to cut the sun for half the day, the plant can handle that much, no problem. The sun can be really intense in the tropics. The humidity you have is not at all a problem (ours averages 80%) but that combination of heat and intense sun is more dangerous than either separately.
Name: Bob
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OrchidBob
Jun 4, 2017 1:15 PM CST
I think the spots are sunburn from watering during bright sunlight.
I get the same spots and they are not a problem.
They are not from pests or any disease and
as you can see that the new leaves are growing fine.
This Sedum adolphi needs the full sunlight to have the bronze/ golden color
If you place it in too much shade it will turn green.
It will form a nice clump is a couple of years.
Every leaf is capable of making a new plant.

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