Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: I don't think this is root rot

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Feb 16, 2018 6:44 PM CST
Hi, my succulent is doing something weird. Most of the leaves on one side fell off very easily. The stem has that black stripe running down on one side. Niether the leaves nor the stem is soft or mushy, they are pretty firm. I last watered it maybe two weeks ago. It's been by a window, but it's been pretty grey and cloudy in Maine the past couple of weeks. Does anybody have any ideas? I'm pretty stumped over here

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I'd appreciate any help. Thanks!
Name: Thijs van Soest
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Feb 16, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Still some kind of rot, I'd say, looks like iso root rot, it might be crown rot...
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Feb 17, 2018 8:44 AM CST
I agree The black is generally a sign of dead tissue.
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Feb 17, 2018 9:11 AM CST


I don't think your plant is going to make it.... best option at this point would be to separate a few leaves from the side that remains healthy and try to grow new plants from them. They need to be intact all the way to the base, so separate them with a gentle sideways motion until they let go.
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Feb 17, 2018 9:55 AM CST
Hard to tell from photos, but why do you think it is not rot?

There does appear to be some soft tissue at the bottom of the damage in your first photo which would indicate rot.

On the other hand, my first thought when I saw damage on only one side was frost damage or too intense sun. You have eliminate the sun but is it possible it was too cold if that side was to the window? If that were the case, it could slough off the damaged foliage and scar over to survive although it would be deformed.

I will concur, I would harvest some leaves and try to start more plantlets. From the old, comes new. Hurray!
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