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Los Angeles
Aug 17, 2017 10:26 AM CST
Hi, a few of my succulents are looking under the weather. I hoped someone could help me identify the problem and suggest a way to treat them.

Three plants near each other seem to have brown discoloration and damage on them. The staghorn might be patient zero as it has the worst damage. I haven't changed their location or watering schedule at all, so I wouldn't expect them to suddenly get sun damage.

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Also, are these black spots something to be worried about? They seem to have appeared very suddenly.

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Thank you in advance for any advice!
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Aug 17, 2017 10:34 AM CST
I don't know much about succulent diseases, but I do know too much water is their primary cause of demise. When I used to grow cacti, I only watered them when it rained in Phoenix. LOL!

And they bloomed!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Aug 17, 2017 12:23 PM CST
It looks like more than one problem.

They do look over-watered. When did you last change the potting soil? If its wearing out and turning to muck, more water will be held against the roots than the plants like.

It also looks like there is some mechanical damage. Did your kitty find a new scratching post?

The 4th photo down (a little Jade plant). Are those scale insects on the bottom of the leaf?

The black spots are also an indication of too much water.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Los Angeles
Aug 17, 2017 11:12 PM CST
Thank you for your replies. I will try watering less frequently and hope that they make a recovery.

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