Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Gollum succulent - rot or not?

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NeoLeo87
Nov 4, 2017 10:04 PM CST
Hey everyone,

I've been noticing some discoloration, white "flecks," - and recently - rotting brown tips. I plucked one off that looked the worst.

After letting the leaflet sit for a few days, the tip is now "sparkly," as if coated in sugar (see pics below).

Is this typical in winter time for Gollum? Or is this a case of root rot?

As always, thanks for your input and tips.

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Nov 5, 2017 7:03 PM CST
I'm not sure what you are dealing with there. I don't believe it is root rot and it is definitely not normal.
Hope someone here is able to point you in a direction to remedy the problem...
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tarev
Nov 6, 2017 11:28 AM CST
White spots can be a variety of reasons...I saw this article about it: https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...

I am looking at your media, don't know if you just watered it at the time you took the photo, but it looks too wet. Try to adjust/lessen your watering, and see if it improves.
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NeoLeo87
Nov 6, 2017 3:38 PM CST
tarev,

Thanks for the article. Oedema might be the cause. However, the photos do not depict any wetness. What you're seeing is that sparkling "sugary" surface I was describing. I have no idea what this is.

The plucked leaflet has grown spongy, while the brown end has become rock-solid (and again, crystal/sparkly). I'll try to pull back on watering.
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tarev
Nov 6, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Good luck hope your plant recovers. I see new leaf growth on your plant, so it is trying to grow some more.
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Turbosaurus
Nov 10, 2017 10:40 PM CST
It does not appear to be a pathogen. I would bet money its not a bug so don't worry about pesticides.

I'm unsure of your location, but if you recently brought it inside think about causes from temp, light and humidity changes. Is it above a radiator (Dry)? Drafts from windows if you're near freezing (Cold) or seasonal changes in light? a combination of all three?

The sugary surface in my confident opinion, is simply dead tissue- its callous from the points where there is insufficient anastemosis (you're the guy who used oedema- so Im going with the fancy lingo- anastemosis is redundancies in nutrient and water pathways- the connections between the tubes from the roots to the tips).

I have experiences similar changes when I alter the environment by bringing the plant inside for the winter. Its not just light and temperature. When I bring it inside watering gets much more complicated becasue the air inside is so dry the roots at the edges of the pot dry out very fast becasue of the heat in the house, but the center stays wet longer becasue temperatures are cooler- this may just be an adjustment to that.

When you water- poke your finger or a wood skewer toward the middle of the pot to test if water is needed. It seems counter intuitive, but you may be over and under watering at the same time, as the roots at the edge of your pot dry in on hour, but the center stays wet for a week- IF this is the cause, all you can do is wait for the plant to grow new roots

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