Cactus and Succulents forum: Any idea what this guy is & how to revive?

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Jun 14, 2017 11:07 AM CST

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Jun 14, 2017 3:23 PM CST
Looks abit like a senecio krysten

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Jun 14, 2017 4:08 PM CST
Hi & welcome! I also thought "etiolated Senecio" but no idea which species. How long have you had it?
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Jun 14, 2017 7:46 PM CST
Is the soil as wet as it appears?
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Jun 17, 2017 8:54 AM CST
I've had it for a few months and it started to look like this almost immediately. It hangs in a south facing window and i water it once a week.
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Jun 17, 2017 8:58 AM CST
Do you have a photo of what it looked like when new?

I would be suspicious of root mealies. It might do to remove it from the container and look at the roots for any sign of mealy bugs or rot. Just a thought...
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Jun 17, 2017 9:02 AM CST
I don't have a photo of it new but it did look very healthy at that point. I bought it from a farmers market and I think they may have over or under watered it prior to my purchasing it given how it really only took a few days for it to deteriorate once I brought it home. Either that or the location change shocked it? It's still in the original pot I bought it in.
Name: Bob
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Jun 18, 2017 1:49 PM CST
I too think it looks like a Senecio; however, I have never seen anything like it.
One thing for certain is that it is shriveling up.
The root ball may already be rotted from staying too wet and the only way
to find out is to repot it. It could have been kept too wet at the store.
Some fresh soil and TLC may bring it back to happiness.
Post a flower when one happens and then we can identify it for you.
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Jun 18, 2017 10:25 PM CST
It does seem to look like some type of Senecio. Plants do go on adjustment stage when brought back to our growing areas. From what I have seen with my plants, some Senecios do not like direct sun when it is going into summer. They seem to prefer cool sunny environments, so they perk up and grow better here in my area from late Fall to mid Spring. My summer growing conditions may be different from yours since here it is very hot, going triple digits and very dry, dismal humidity, so even my succulents also struggle here at times, and shade helps them endure the very dry heat stress. As to watering, I water early in the day, never at night.

You may want to add a sheer white curtain to protect the plant. You can also try to repot and change the soil too, but will delay that to early Fall, or if it can hold on to early Spring.

Hopefully your plant will grow better leaves, it will also further help ID it.

Just adding here photos of my Senecio kleiniiformis. It forms spear-like leaves and looking at your plant, it seems to resemble it at the early stage of spear formation, then the tip of the leaves looks more like an arrow head afterwards:

Photo on 02Nov2016
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When leaf tips are better formed: Photo on 10Apr2017
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