Cactus and Succulents forum: Echeveria Problems

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Nov 6, 2017 12:27 AM CST
I got this amazing Echeveria in May and it was doing amazing. Blooming like crazy and the color was gorgeous.
It started to look really sad and all the leaves went squishy. Then, I brought it in overnight and my dog got to it, chewing up a ton of leaves.
I've included photos of its stages.
Can I save what's left? It's leaves are still wrinkly and I don't know why.
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Nov 6, 2017 12:59 PM CST


Yes! You can save it. Smiling Those flowers are really pretty. Thumbs up

There are 3 things to resolve here.

When it looked sad and the leaves were squishy, were there actual soft parts (like something which had rotted internally) or was it just because they were underinflated with water?

In its current state the plant looks healthy but perhaps a bit thirsty. Probably about what you'd expect after a dog went to town with it. But the last picture is sort of informative about something to watch. See how the leaves at the upper left and lower right are a bit wrinkly? That may be a sign of dehydration (leaves are not pumped up) but it should be reversible with good care, if the roots are still working properly.

For the future, starting with the dark days of winter ahead, try to provide a comfortably warm, bright location for the plant during its recovery. I have started Echeverias from tiny nubs that were mere shadows of their former selves, forcing them as cuttings to grow new roots in order to survive. They are pretty resilient plants when kept in their comfort zone.

Since Echeverias tend to change in size as they age, your plant may not grow quite as big a rosette as it once had in its prime. But by mid spring it should be fully recovered, otherwise consider changing how you care for it. Also consider the possibility that there may be something wrong with the roots, which would be best resolved by restarting the plant from a cutting. That's probably best delayed until spring.

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