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Aug 2, 2017 4:37 PM CST
Hello! I bought a mother of thousands plant at the beginning of the season, and it has been doing wonderfully until a few days ago. I first noticed the leaves at the bottom were starting to go yellow at the edges, so I gave the plant some extra water (not a lot!) and set it outside for a few hours (it usually sits on the windowsill in my bathroom with another succulent of mine and gets plenty of morning and indirect sunlight). Then, today I noticed this on the leaves. I can't find any other forums or photos that show this happening to the leaves. About a week ago I topped off the soil since it was getting a bit low with indoor potting soil, and I was going to replant it today but then I noticed the leaves. What do I do?? Is it going to die??? I don't want to lose this plant!!! Please respond quickly
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 2, 2017 5:48 PM CST

The yellow leaves indicate you are over-watering. On top of that, you have sun burned it. The sunniest inside window is shadier than outside shade.

Don't water until the soil is dry an inch down. Don't put it outside again unless you have an all day shady spot.

I doubt it will die but even if it did, you have hundreds of replacements growing on the edges of the leaves. See the little roots?
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Name: tarev
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Aug 2, 2017 7:00 PM CST
I agree overwatered and sunburnt....just position in part sun/part shade for now. You got lots of back-up, so many little ones on the edge of the leaves. Also I see new leaf growth at the center, so even if that outer/older leaf eventually withers, the plant is still doing well...if you cannot add a bit more pumice or perlite im your current media, then be very careful with watering.

With any succulent, I prefer to use cacti mix and I further mix in pumice or perlite. Got to make the media well draining and porous enough so the roots of the plant do not sit in too much moist media.

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