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Aug 1, 2017 9:29 AM CST
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I just noticed that my Split Rock succulent had this today. I've had it for around 1-2 weeks now, I watered it once the first week and misted it a bit. I stopped misting the second week. I watered it again the second week but I'm not sure if I should of. I have been giving it direct sunlight from around 8 AM to 6 PM. I have the feeling that the problem could be with watering or sunlight, or possibly the soil I've kept it in. The plant is also very soft and squishy now unlike how it was when I first got it. Does anyone know what could be happening to it?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Aug 1, 2017 1:08 PM CST
I'm afraid its a goner. Soft and squish.sounds like root rot.
Get new one.

Put to pot with fast draining soil. I use equal parts of potting soil to aquarium gravel.

Gradually work her into direct sunlite.

She needs to go dry, before watering. Leave her untill, she starts to shrivel a bit. Then water. She'll puff right back up.

I prefer bottom watering small pots. Put pot into pail, and fill pail allmost up to top of pot. Leave pot soak for 20 minutes. Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
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Aug 1, 2017 2:16 PM CST
Hi Seachiii, Welcome!

I tried growing a Splitrock (Pleiospilos nelii) years ago but living in Florida where the humidity is extremely high, it succumbed to rot rather quickly!

Does the container your plant is growing in have drainage holes in the bottom? From your description of the plant feeling soft and squishy, I agree with Philip that it sounds like it's rotted and probably isn't salvageable. The pot appears to be a bit large for that size plant but that could very well be my eyes. If you get another Splitrock, use the grittiest, most well draining potting medium you can find or as Philip has done, add something to keep the medium airy and help with drainage.
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Name: Daisy I
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Aug 1, 2017 2:42 PM CST

Split rocks are easy IF you give them what they want. A small pot with a drainage hole, fast draining soil, a spot that gets extremely bright light but no direct sun and water every so often. You can tell if they need water because they get a wee bit soft feeling - once a month may be enough and nothing in the winter. Good luck with your next one.
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Aug 2, 2017 12:09 AM CST
Yes there are drainage holes at the bottom. The split rock came with this pot so I decided to leave it there. And in response to DaisyL, I think I might of watered mine too much :''). Thank you for the tips though, I'll definitely remember them with the next one!!
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Aug 3, 2017 11:51 AM CST
The 10 hours of daily direct summer sun are almost certainly what caused the demise of your plant. These plants are normally grown under very protected conditions in greenhouses and they do not respond well to full sun upon release. You have to provide a gradual stepwise transition for most succulents over the course of several weeks for them to be able to take that kind of exposure. And for what it's worth, 10 hours a day of direct sun is more than just about any succulent needs... a split rock will do well with a couple of hours of sun if it's in a bright location.

Indoor sun does not count as direct sun because regular window glass filters out most of the UV... and as a consequence it's basically impossible to provide too much indoor sun, given mild temps and good air flow.

As for water, what you want to aim for with these plants is to saturate the soil (water well until it's fully wet) and then wait however long it takes for the soil to dry out at depth again. That could be a couple of weeks, depending on the exposure and the soil.
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