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Name: Darcel Paschen
Zone 5
Jul 25, 2017 7:44 AM CST
My Aeonium Arboretum succulent has leaves that are dying. This is a new plant. At first I had it in a too hot environment so the leaves were getting burned. I moved it to a lowered light more filtered than sunny. This is where a lot of leaves died. I now have this plant in a window that gets only morning sun and some filtered light. There are dead leaves and it's only been one week! Any suggestions?
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Name: tarev
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Jul 25, 2017 9:12 AM CST
Hello Darcel, Aeoniums do a summer semi-dormancy stage when temperatures go from warm to hot. They are more active growing when conditions are cooler. So if the rosettes are thinning down with lower leaves dropping, and center tips seems to be closing down having a tighter growth, it is just in dormancy mode. It is good to put them in shade for now, they will perk up again during Fall.

Be mindful of watering, it will need less to none at this time, otherwise you might rot the base of the plant. As long as the stem is remaining intact and firm it should bounce back when conditions go cooler again.
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Jul 25, 2017 10:24 AM CST
Yes, it is quite normal for your plant to slow down in the summer, with fewer leaves in the rosette and a more closed up posture. No need for any special care, certainly not for lots of extra water. Try to water well when the soil is going dry.

If the plant is indoors, provide as much light as you possibly can, especially in the winter. Active growth for Aeoniums mostly occurs in fall through spring. Starting in late fall, when the light is lowest in the sky and days are getting really short, indoor succulents typically end up a bit light-starved unless they are right by an unobstructed sunny window.

It is basically impossible for you to provide too much sun indoors, provided mild temps and good air flow. Try not to shock your plant with any sudden dramatic changes, but this is a good rule of thumb to get you through the darker months. (Which is when, incidentally, the plant experiences its annual rejuvenation and becomes leafy.)
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