Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Need help with caring for unknown type of succulent

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Jun 17, 2017 5:06 PM CST
I have had this succulent for about 8 months now, and it just recently started to have the bottom of its leaves turn yellow. I did my own research and attempted to save the plant by first removing the yellow leaves, and then repotting it in a soil/perlite blend that I got from Lowe's. However the same thing just happened again. I have barely watered this succulent, so I dont think it is due to moisture but I could be wrong. The pot it is in has great drainage holes, and the succulent also faces south on my window sill. I was just wondering if anyone has had this happen to a succulent similar to mine! Thank you!
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Name: Bob
The Kau Desert, Hawaii (Zone 12a)
Jun 18, 2017 3:45 PM CST
it does look sad.
I have had similar problems with my Echeverias.
I am still wondering what it is and hope for some good responses to your quest.
One possibility is Erwinia bacteria.
The squishy yellow leaves are a typical sign of bacteria.
break one of the leaves and smell it.
If it has fishy fragrance it is Erwinia and there is nothing you can do
to save the plant.
Whenever one encounters Erwinia it is best to throw the plant away
into your trash and immediately wash your hands and sterilize any tools which may have touched the plant.
I hope yours has no fishy smell and that someone else can come up with an answer since I am having similar problems and it is not Erwinia.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Jun 18, 2017 10:10 PM CST
Hello duranag, don't know where you are located, but usually at this time of the year as summer is coming about, most succulents are dropping their older lower leaves. I think that is what your plant is doing.

So I just let my succulents do their natural leaf dropping cycle. As long as the center of the rosette is growing new leaves and the exposed stem after those lower leaves are removed shows firm, then your plant is okay. I see your plant is making some new offsets too, so it looks okay to me.

You many want to check though if there are mealy bugs under the lowest leaves, sometimes they hide so well right at the point where the leaves connect to the stem. I would use an alcohol swab to remove them.

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