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Green Bay, WI
Tinad477
Jun 24, 2017 8:41 PM CST
Holes are forming on my succulents pretty quickly, like within hours it's getting worse. I bought two different plants from Home Depot and they are doing the same thing. I'm not sure where the plants came from but they were outside at the store and now I have them in a pot in the house Do you know what this is if it's a disease or a bug of some sort?



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Jun 24, 2017 8:48 PM CST
Have you checked for critters?
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ctcarol
Jun 24, 2017 9:48 PM CST
Something is nibbling on them
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DaisyI
Jun 24, 2017 9:58 PM CST
You have a nocturnal visitor. Check for slugs or snails about midnight.
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webesemps
Jun 24, 2017 10:11 PM CST
I'd leave the plants in a protected area outside and check for "critters". Wouldn't want them in the house.
Green Bay, WI
Tinad477
Jun 24, 2017 10:19 PM CST
porkpal said:Have you checked for critters?

I haven't seen anything moving on them. But we don't watch it's constantly. It seems like every couple hours we look that them, they get a little bigger.

Green Bay, WI
Tinad477
Jun 24, 2017 10:20 PM CST
webesemps said:I'd leave the plants in a protected area outside and check for "critters". Wouldn't want them in the house.


Can these critters jump from plant to plant?
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Tinad477
Jun 24, 2017 10:21 PM CST
DaisyI said:You have a nocturnal visitor. Check for slugs or snails about midnight.

Are these slugs or snails microscopic or would I easily see them?

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sooby
Jun 25, 2017 5:23 AM CST
Welcome!

Do you have a cat in the house?
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purpleinopp
Jun 25, 2017 6:55 AM CST
Or a mouse.
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Tinad477
Jun 25, 2017 9:41 AM CST
sooby said: Welcome!

Do you have a cat in the house?

Yes I do have a cat and he does love chewing on them. One of the plants could have been done by him. But the other one wasn't because I kept it in the garage all night
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Tinad477
Jun 25, 2017 9:43 AM CST
purpleinopp said:Or a mouse.

Possibly a mouse. But I hope not!
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WillC
Jun 25, 2017 2:14 PM CST
I think you should be more concerned with that darkened leaves that are likely caused by either the soil staying too moist or inadequate light. Improper watering and inadequate light will destroy your succulents much faster than any possible critter damage. Succulents need maximum light and minimum water.
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DaisyI
Jun 25, 2017 2:46 PM CST
If it happens when you aren't looking, I would suspect your nibbling cat.
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Green Bay, WI
Tinad477
Jun 25, 2017 9:08 PM CST
WillC said:I think you should be more concerned with that darkened leaves that are likely caused by either the soil staying too moist or inadequate light. Improper watering and inadequate light will destroy your succulents much faster than any possible critter damage. Succulents need maximum light and minimum water.

I'm not sure what plant your talking about but I think the darkened leaves are the actual color of the plant. That's the color they were when I bought them
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DaisyI
Jun 25, 2017 9:31 PM CST
I agree That's the color that plant should be. And obviously a tasty favorite. Can you move the pot someplace for a day or two that the cat can't reach so we can rule him/her out?
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Baja_Costero
Jun 26, 2017 8:56 AM CST
Yes, the dark plant is the color it should be.

Memories1002
Dec 4, 2017 11:28 PM CST
I'm having holes in my succulents too. I have no animals in the house and I've carefully checked for pest. I don't see any and everyday I see new damages to the leaves. Sighing! please help!
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webesemps
Dec 5, 2017 9:23 AM CST
Some pests are really hard to see and some are only present at certain times. I'm wondering if there might be pests in the soil. You might consider unpotting a plant and sifting thru the soil to see if there's anything that might be the culprit. Some are hard to see so a closer look may be necessary.

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