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Portland, OR
Nov 28, 2017 12:42 PM CST
Hi. I desperately need your help. My shrek ear succulent might be dying. The tips are turning black and they have white spot on them all over. I tried spraying it with Garden safe insecticide thinking the white spots are powdery mildew. Now, the tips looks more like they are rotting and blackish in color. What do I do? Can I still save it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Nov 28, 2017 9:11 PM CST
These 'marketing' names... I think it is a form of Jade plant. But I don't know what the stuff is. I don't see dead tips in the picture, overall, looks like healthy leaves.
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Nov 28, 2017 9:29 PM CST
It is a form of Jade plant - Shrek Eared Jade.

The white stuff on the leaves is sugar and mineral salts being excreted through the leaves of your plant. You can wipe them off with a damp cloth.

This condition is caused by watering late in the day or watering too often. Water early in the day and let the soil dry between drinks. The leaves will feel a little soft when the plant needs to be watered.

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Portland, OR
Nov 29, 2017 1:01 PM CST
Thank you so much for the help! At least i know it's not dying..what a relief! I do tend to overwater my plants so I may need to back off. Being a newbie in home gardening is tough. I greatly appreciate your advice! Thanks

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