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Mar 14, 2018 10:09 PM CST
  Succulent help.Essentially I've had this plant for about a year. It was doing fine thriving and what not. I had to move it from a bright sunny spot in my old apartment to a less bright spot. I bought a plant light to make up for the low light. Essentially the plant has been losing leaves at the base. One like every 2-3 weeks. They're older leaves so I thought it was normal. After viewing I'm growing increasingly concerned whether it's natural shedding or just dying. The plant takes all of the nutrients out of the lower leaves then drops it, but for someone who has experience with succulents you mind giving me advice. Thanks here's a pic btw.
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Name: Bill
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Mar 15, 2018 4:57 AM CST
Not enough light. Unless the intensity of the plant light can replace or equate to what your sunny spot gave it.
Unless you invest in some high intensity fixtures and light bulbs it is my feeling that your plant light isn't strong enough. It is not a suitable substitute for Mr. Sol.
Did you move from the old apartment? If not I would return it to the place where it thrived before.
Failing that, try getting the plant closer to the light. If it is positioned say 18" below the light, it would be much better if the light was 6-9" above the plant. Light intensity can drop off very quickly the further that you get from the bulb!
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Chicago, Illinois
Mar 15, 2018 5:02 AM CST
Thanks for the reply. I would place it back but I'm no longer at the spot. Most lieky not enough light, huh? Is there a particular light bulb that you know of that is actually high intensity.
Name: Bill
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Mar 15, 2018 6:14 AM CST
Just google "Plant Grow Lights" as an example. Any outfit that carries the fixtures will also carry the bulbs.
Some artificial set ups require lots of money. I doubt whether or not you need to go that far.
You should be able to find a source locally in a nursery or garden center but I have used Charlie's Greenhouse Supplies for years.
I have a four tube fluorescent set up for my seedling orchids and other small growers. I just use two "cool fluorescent" tubes in combination with two "warm white" tubes. This is very LOW tech but very efficient. I generally have all of the plants within 12" of the tubes, some lower and some closer. Placing plants under the center of the 4' tubes is better than at the end of a tube. Light is more intense dead center.
Cool white with warm white gives you a broad spectrum of light across all the color bands. Like I said low tech but inexpensive. "A $20 watch can tell time just as well as a $10,000 one"
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Mar 15, 2018 8:26 AM CST
The loss of leaves from the bottom of the rosette is a natural part of aging. As long as they are being replaced by new ones at the center of the rosette, it's not a big deal. Sometimes this process may be accelerated by drought.

My guess is that in the lower light situation, with the artificial light brought in to compensate, the net effect on the unglazed pot is to accelerate evaporation through the walls of the pot. Unlike plastic or glazed ceramic pots, unglazed clay pots can lose moisture through the sides as well as the top. This is accelerated in the presence of strong light or warm, dry air. Depending on how close the light is to the pot, it could speed up the rate at which the soil dries out to maybe double the original this time of year.

The ideal spot for your succulent would be right next to a sunny, unobstructed window. If you don't have a window like that, then go with artificial light (with which I have zero experience). If you're concerned about the leaf loss, take a closer look at soil moisture, and try to time when you water for when the soil is going dry at depth (which occurs later than the soil dries out at the very top). There is no particular benefit to leaving the soil bone dry for any extended period, but you should try to avoid watering before the soil is nearly dry.
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Mar 15, 2018 4:29 PM CST
It looks like a possible Graptosedum to me. I find that they retain the leaves for the longest amount of time when the soil does not dry out.

A dangling plant in lower light can be charming too.
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