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PleaseGrow
Jan 27, 2018 8:20 AM CST
I bought this on the 13th. It's going pale and yellowing from the inner parts (tips are greener). Some of the leaves at the bottom are going dry (ends of two have shriveled up).

The label says Gasteria arist (looks more like gasteraloe to me). Didn't come with care instructions.

I thought succulents yellowed due to rot due to overwatering but I've only watered it once since I got it. Some leaves shrivelling up indicate under-watering if I'm not wrong maybe they're yellowing due to a lack of light and the shrivelling is due to needing to be watered? What do you think?
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BigBill
Jan 27, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Shriveling leaves do not always mean underwatering, it means improper watering, either too dry or too wet. You could get root loss in both cases and the plant would shrivel.
I am more inclined to think cold stress is the issue. Assuming plant was purchased in prime condition for it to be suffering this quickly from a watering problem would be unlikely in my opinion.
When I have lived in a cold climate, I never bought plants after November 1st or before March 1st depending upon location. For me, I would be asking for trouble.
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PleaseGrow
Jan 27, 2018 11:01 AM CST
So what do I do? It's indoors. Leave it alone?
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BigBill
Jan 27, 2018 11:15 AM CST
I would water it when it is dry only. It is another succulent. Get it in as much sun as you can give it. Place it near the window, the closer to the window, the better the light.
No fertilizer until spring.
You are going to lose some leaves but that is to be expected. In the meantime, if I were you, I would sit on my wallet! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jan 27, 2018 11:16 AM CST
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PleaseGrow
Jan 27, 2018 12:51 PM CST
Agreed. 😞 I'm going to focus on keeping these guys alive. 😒 No new ones for me until I get the hang of this. 🍀

Should I leave the dry leaves on the plant? Only the tips have shriveled. At what point should they be removed?

By the way, thanks for all the help 😊
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Jan 27, 2018 1:50 PM CST
When they are almost totally dead, a gentle "tug" will remove them
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purpleinopp
Jan 28, 2018 7:19 AM CST
It may be this plant:
Lace Aloe (Aristaloe aristata)

Thirsty plants need water. "Overwatering" is when roots rot because soil is moist but has no oxygen. This is a product of the soil type & structure, not the amount of water added.

This plant looks desperately thirsty & starting to fade in the center from lower light.
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PleaseGrow
Jan 28, 2018 9:33 AM CST
Should I repot it into succulent soil?

It also has pups and I'm not sure if I should separate them just yet, seeing as the whole plant is a bit damaged right now (I don't know if they can make it on their own). Suggustions?
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Jan 28, 2018 9:48 AM CST
No!!!
If you suspect that the plant is stressed why subject it to more stress!?!?!
It is like a person going in for heart bypass surgery and while we have them on the table let's take out their gall bladder and appendix.
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needrain
Jan 28, 2018 10:41 AM CST
I think the pale leaves is the result of not enough light.

I can't tell from the photo whether there is a need for more or less water. I think the leaves getting dead tips may be the result of an environment change from the conditions it grew in to the new spot in your home. I have some of that on my plants just from having to bring them inside for the winter. The air inside a building, excluding greenhouses, tends to be much drier and plant growth is accustomed to growing in more humid conditions. Even brief changes in the environment can cause reactions in a plant - yellow leaves, dropping leaves, damaged ends - that sort of thing. I have different types of problems when I move plants back outdoors in the spring - more light after they've adjusted to lower light levels inside, wind. It may just need more time to adapt. I'd be cautious about the water. Many plants are slower growing when the days are shorter. Slower growth means lower needs for water. I've killed more plants with water in the winter months than I care to think about.
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tarev
Jan 28, 2018 12:27 PM CST
Hello PleaseGrow, your plant looks like an aloe gasteria hybrid. Typically this plant likes warmth and bright conditions, so temps below 40F is quite a big stress for it. Ideally in winter, it should be kept dry and warm, but with good access to bright light. Light levels in winter are quite weak, so it is understandable the plant slows down and may manifest that yellowing part. You just got it on the 13th of the month, and January being wintry time is really downright stressful for it.

I would delay repot in mid to late Spring, depending on your temperature in your area, and use cacti mix with added perlite or pumice to make the media as well draining as possible.

In the meantime, be patient, help it acclimate just a bit more in your growing area. Got to be patient, the plant is really in a lot of stress. Do not be tempted to overwater. It is that unfortunate tandem of watering when the plant is not actively growing that contributes to the demise of most succulents in winter. If you do have plans to grow this plant later outdoors, wait till temps are at least 50F (10C) overnight. Position slowly from shade to bright light as it undergoes seasonal light level transitions.
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PleaseGrow
Feb 28, 2018 5:03 PM CST
It looks like this now. Deep green in some places and yellowish in others. Is it dying?

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Baja_Costero
Feb 28, 2018 5:35 PM CST
It desperately needs more light. How much light does it get right now?
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PleaseGrow
Feb 28, 2018 6:14 PM CST
I put it in sunlight whenever there is any. Otherwise whenever the lights are on in my room, which has to be at least 4 hours a day. Maybe 3-5 hours of sunlight when there is any. We're not out of winter yet -- 20 days to go.

Is light the only problem?
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Baja_Costero
Feb 28, 2018 6:54 PM CST
Light is the only problem I can see, but it would certainly mask plenty of other things. The plant should be right by your sunniest south-facing window, and "see" the sun for hours a day, ideally. The further it is from the window, or for that matter from artificial light, the less intensity it will experience.
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