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Feb 2, 2018 1:43 PM CST
Hi everyone! I recently got these succulents as a gift and they will be moving into a new planter soon, but I have noticed that their leaves are starting to droop and get soft and thin. I'm new at succulents, and bad at plants in general, so I'm not sure what caused this or how to fix it. If anyone has any advice on how to fix it, or any advice on how to care for them in general, it would be greatly appreciated. I also do not know what types I have, so if you know by the picture, please tell me! Thanks.
P.S. I bought one big planter for all of them, would that be fine or cause problems?
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Name: Baja
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Feb 2, 2018 2:25 PM CST
Your plants are
1 - jade - a bush
2&4 - Echeverias or Graptoverias - a low rosette succulent with hummingbird flowers
3 - Sempervivum - also a low rosette succulent (for ID the thin marginal hairs are diagnostic)
5 - Echeveria "Topsy Turvy"? - also hummingbird flowers

They are compatible in terms of care, but the jade is potentially a much larger (taller and wider) plant than the others. If you put them all together now you may have to separate some of them later, but that's often the case in community pots.

The pot(s) should be wider than deep, and not much deeper than about 4" (soil depth) for starters. It should have holes at the bottom. The soil should be fast draining (say 50% pumice, perlite or equivalent). Avoid too big a pot (especially one too deep) because the soil will tend to hold onto water longer, leading to an increased risk of rot if you don't adjust the watering frequency accordingly. The pot should match the size of the roots, plus a little extra space around the edges. When you repot, do not water afterwards until a week has passed.

Provide very strong light (indoors). The plants should "see" the sun for hours a day, which usually means they need to be right on a sunny windowsill. If you want to move the plants outside in the spring, be very careful to start them out in bright shade before you gradually introduce them to more sun stepwise over the course of several weeks. Indoor sun is much kinder than outdoor sun because regular window glass cuts most of the harmful UV rays.

Water well when the soil is going dry at depth, not sooner. This will depend on the exact local conditions (temperature, light, humidity) so you will have to judge by careful inspection, but in general you will want to water less often in winter than spring or summer because it is darker and colder now.
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