Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Portulaca margarita mixed succulents greying/withered

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Name: Tim
Fresno, California (Zone 9b)
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Bigfoot312
Sep 17, 2017 9:04 PM CST
Hi guys. Most of my portulacas are doing excellent. Green, rich, and brought flowers daily. Some, however, aren't so well. They have a greyed appearance, a little drooping, and weathered looking. Is this an under/over water thing or a pest problem? 2 batches of them have a separate issue entirely. They appear bleached out, more yellow/white than green, but otherwise flowering. I'll post pictures if need be - dark now. Thanks
Name: Tim
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Bigfoot312
Sep 20, 2017 8:11 PM CST
Anyone?
Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Sep 20, 2017 8:49 PM CST
Pictures will make it more likely that you'll get responses.
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Name: Tim
Fresno, California (Zone 9b)
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Bigfoot312
Sep 21, 2017 1:53 PM CST
I've posted a picture of a healthy bunch and then a couple greying ones and a couple bleached ones

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Sep 21, 2017 1:58 PM CST

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Thank you for the pictures. Were the plants recently installed, or have they been there a while? Succulents right from the store tend to come from a greenhouse where they have been pampered their whole lives, and in the heat of summer things can get dicey for them in full sun without a period of gradual accommodation. Just a guess.
Name: Tim
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Bigfoot312
Sep 21, 2017 7:30 PM CST
Your welcome. They've been planted since the beginning of summer. They flourished through 115 degree weather for weeks at a time, but since dropping under 100 they've gradually gone a little down hill it seems.
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Sep 22, 2017 9:51 AM CST

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That's a little strange. I'm not sure why that would happen. My own preference is to avoid putting new succulents in the ground in full sun unless they're big and already sun-hardened. I have been forced to learn this after repeated failures. I can only speculate that if you do try again, you might try to introduce an adjustment period where you care for the plant in a pot in a relatively protected space (like a patio) and gradually ramp up the exposure over the course of weeks, before you hit full sun. Of course depending on the nursery they may already have done that for you, but when in doubt assume they haven't.
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purpleinopp
Sep 23, 2017 5:06 PM CST
It looks like something could have suddenly compromised the roots, like a tunneling critter just under the surface, or a thirsty one, breaking off the main stem to get moisture above the surface.
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