Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Succulent Help Please and Identification

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Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Jul 24, 2017 9:50 AM CST
I noticed today that one of my succulents looks sick. It is potted with an arrangement of succulents and has been doing fine but I think it may now be overwatered. I believe I did water it last week as the soil felt very dry.

I also am unsure what type of succulent it is so I am having difficulty researching it. Can someone also please help me identify it?

Is the best approach to dig it out and clean around the roots? Or should I cut off all the leaves. The top leaves look slightly squishy but leaves underneath seem to be dried out.

Thank you for your help!
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Jul 24, 2017 10:12 AM CST
I'm sorry, but it looks like a goner.
Name: Sue Taylor
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Jul 24, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Go directly to the garbage, no saving that.
Name: Lindsey
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Jul 24, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Yeah it is definitely rotted from too much water Sad don't think there's any saving it
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Jul 24, 2017 10:50 AM CST
Thank you for your responses. Do you know what type of succulent it was? I'd like to try to find the same one to substitute in the arrangement as it has special meaning.
Name: Baja
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Jul 24, 2017 11:55 AM CST


Looks like an Echeveria. Exercise caution when you remove your dead plant, lest you set free the rot organisms that took it down. Try to break as few leaves as possible and try to get the whole stem out intact if you can (maybe with a spoon?). Consider revising how you take care of your plants (light, water, etc). This type of damage often has to do with insufficient light or excessive water.
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Name: Daisy I
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Jul 24, 2017 6:39 PM CST
And may I add that succulent "group" pots are notoriously tricky unless you plant them yourself. If you buy a group pot from a nursery, they have put together a bunch of plants that look good together without regard to water and light needs. If you put together your own pot, you can choose plants that require the same care.

In your pot, I can see a Jade plant and an Aloe plant surrounding your dead little Echeveria. The Echeveria needed a whole lot less water and a whole lot more sun than its neighbors. Don't put another Echeveria in there - the results will be the same.
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Jul 25, 2017 9:27 AM CST
Yes, that badly rotted one is dead, just dig it out, and toss away. The others you can still save. I am not sure if that glazed container has drainage holes. If it does not have any, you will also need to move the remaining plants in containers with drainage holes, containers that are wider rather than deeper, since their root systems are quite shallow.

I would definitely move the jade plant to its own container, it can grow bigger.

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