Cactus and Succulents forum: I think I burnt my succulents

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Jul 3, 2017 3:41 PM CST
I had my succulents for a while and they didn't see much light. Yesterday I moved them outside to A nice bright area where it got about7 hours of direct light.

Most of my succulents do not look good and turned a brown red color. They are all so soft. I think it is because of the amount of light they got without being properly acclimated.

This link has pictures how they looked yesterday and more information about my setup.
The thread "My succulents" in Cactus and Succulents forum

Here is how it looked today.

Any advice on what I should do? Move them to a shaded area? Indoors with a grow light? Water more or less? Most of them are leaves without roots.

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Jul 3, 2017 4:18 PM CST
Yes, move them to shadier area. That's all you can do for now and wait to see if they recover. I had to do similar thing too during our heat wave here, it was just intensely hot here, so even in shade, some still got fried.

What are your outdoor temps right now? Typically some succulents will shut down, not doing any growing when temps are soaring too high, like 90F and higher and humidity very low. They will wait it out, just consuming whatever moisture they have in their leaves or stems as needed, till temps return to better levels between 70F and 80F. That is why it is best to put them in shade. Especially if cuttings are not rooted, it needs to grow roots to take in added moisture.

Don't lose hope yet, just got to be patient for now.

Jul 3, 2017 4:34 PM CST
Thanks you. The temp today was in the mid to high 80's. Before that they were in my room that was 72.

I might bring them in and put them under a t5 light.
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Jul 4, 2017 10:29 AM CST


When you are rooting succulent leaves, they do best in bright shade. Avoid exposing them to direct sun as it will deplete their water reserves (and potentially shock them) while they don't have good roots. They are not ready to use that solar energy until all the parts are working. Bright shade outside (like right by a sunny area but in the shade) is plenty of light this time of year for rooting leaves. You can ramp up the light when there is a recognizable rosette attached, but provide ample protection before that point.
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Jul 14, 2017 6:36 AM CST
I moved them into the shade on my porch but most of my succulents got fried. Leaves were falling of the larger ones, leaves shriveling and turning dark. I threw some of the really bad ones away and kept some of the others.

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