Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Is my echeveria etiolating?

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tinypepa
Sep 13, 2017 1:10 PM CST
After my roommate brought home some succulent wedding favors, I thought I would give a try at growing succulents.

Is my echeveria growing normally, or is it etiolating? I assume the latter because it isn't staying in a rosette shape, but I don't know how that is possible. It sits in an east-facing window and I believe it is getting more than 4 hours of sunlight each day. I watered it (and other succulents in the same window) only once, about a week after planting, and stopped after I noticed one of them wasn't looking very good.

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July 12, when I brought it home.


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August 6th, I realized it was getting a bit taller...


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Today... it's a tall boy now!


Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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DaisyI
Sep 13, 2017 3:18 PM CST
No, its going to bloom.
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Baja_Costero
Sep 13, 2017 3:28 PM CST

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If that's the main stem, it is etiolating. Are you having to rotate it to keep it from leaning? Do you have any other windows with more sun? 4 hours of sun should be sufficient indoors but maybe there's something outside blocking the light.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 13, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Oh darn! Baja is right. I keep getting my Echeverias and Sempervivums mixed up. It needs more light. Sighing!
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tarev
Sep 14, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Hello tinypepa, the plant maybe doing both, etiolating and then also going to do a bloomstalk in between the leaves. Some succulents do that. I had an echeveria that I grew outdoors in part sun/shade. Light was much stronger there compared to indoors, but it still did the same, showing me it wants much more light. But such was the limitation of my growing area. It was fun watching the show as it went.

If you cannot bring the plant outside, then just find your sunniest window, it will like that.

Here was mine then summer of 2013:

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