Cactus and Succulents forum: Perle von nurnberg issues

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Jan 20, 2018 11:38 AM CST
Ok, I'm new to this forum and to succulents in general lol. I have a quick question about my perle von nurnberg echeveria. I recently (3 weeks) acquired it from Home Depot where it hadn't be watered in a long time, it was incredibly dry. When I brought it home I put it in succulent/cactus soil, terracotta pot in a southern facing window. Now I was worried it would burn due to too much exposure too fast so I built it up a little at a time. I also watered the soil completely. Now I have been letting it dry out before waterings but I noticed the base leaves are getting soggy, mushy, and wrinkled. They also were developing "sores" I determined this may have been because they were resting on soggy soil, so I put rocks at the top of the pot so that they were resting on rocks, not soil. Welp they are still getting soggy and soft. I've just pulled them off at this point because they're on the way out. The top of the plant is still firm but I'm afraid I'm going to kill it. I have horrible luck with echeverias but I'm really wanting to save this one. Its been getting around 5-6 hours of filtered sun, in a window, a day. Is this too much? How often should I water? What is causing this lol? I've been waiting until the soil is dry but maybe I should wait even longer seeing as it was doing fine in very dry soil. I'm now going to try 3-4 hours of sun then place it on a table in the room away from the window, but where it still receives bright light. I had an echeveria once that did really well in partial shade, minimal watering so maybe the issue is too much sun/water. Any recommendations would be great. Also if someone could ID this succulent that would be awesome.

**as you can see in the picture of the echeveria leaf I cracked it open to see if there was water in it, there was, notice the wrinkles.

Thanks so much!

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Jan 22, 2018 10:15 AM CST
I believe it is due to overwatering. I am not by any means as experienced as members in this subforum, but I have seen this symptom to overwatered plants. The tissue of the leaf got swollen by the excess water and it became so saturated it just cracked. For your other question, as how to prevent leaves standing on wet soil, you can water from the bottom of the pot, so as to not get the bottom leaves of Echeverias. Be careful not to forget to allow the pot to drain before you put it back into its place.
Soggy and mushy leaves are usually a sign of overwatering. Your plant was bone dry, and I presume you introduced it too much water too quickly so the excess caused the cracks. They will heal by callusing, but the scaring won't go away.
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