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Name: Alex Calven
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SeasonsOfDespair
Apr 18, 2018 4:43 PM CST
Hello.
I would like to see if I am doing anything wrong with my plants.
Please let me know if they look healthy,or if there is anything I can do to improve their growth and health.
Thank you = ).

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BigBill
Apr 18, 2018 6:15 PM CST
Your images are from far away and are dark. It is hard to tell.
But in the one image it appears to be a healthy jade plant.
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Name: Alex Calven
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SeasonsOfDespair
Apr 19, 2018 4:32 PM CST
Okay,I will get a close up of them.

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Christine
Apr 20, 2018 5:24 AM CST
I think they look great, the only thing I would do is put better saucers under them, the moisture is going to hurt your window sill Green Grin!
Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 20, 2018 6:20 AM CST
Succulents do not need saucers. That's counterproductive.

These two plants that I circled:

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...are suffering from etoliation. They need stronger light and for longer periods than they have gotten for at least several weeks. The one on the right is suffering more than the one on the left.

I can't tell much about the others, but remember that your grafted cacti are temporary decorations, not real houseplants that you can cultivate year after year. The reason you have so rarely seen a tall grafted cactus like this is because they almost invariably die. They're gimmicks that the big box stores sell.
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plantladylin
Apr 20, 2018 6:24 AM CST
Moisture at the bottom of the pots will cause rings on the wooden windowsill; saucers won't cause any harm as long as water is not allowed to sit in them.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 20, 2018 6:38 AM CST
I meant harm to the plants, not the windowsill. I take "fast draining" to mean "not sitting in a saucer," even for a few minutes.

But you're right that in theory the sitting water won't hurt as long as it's removed very quickly.
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greene
Apr 20, 2018 7:09 AM CST
Since you live in Canada, maybe being so close to the window is too cold for the plants? And, if it's too dark to take a photo, it's probably insufficient light for the plants. The plants look okay but need more light and maybe move away from the chilly window.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 20, 2018 8:44 AM CST
It looks like all but one of your plants are succulents and they all do best in the maximum light that you can provide and no water until the soil is very dry. Yours seem to be doing fine especially given the light that is available. Leggy stems can be pruned back periodically.

You provided a photo of a non-succulent, single-stemmed plant that is leaning way over. I cannot ID it, but it may be that you are keeping it too dry. Non-succulents generally cannot tolerate really dry soil the way the succulents can. A better photo of that particular plant might be useful.
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Name: Alex Calven
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SeasonsOfDespair
Apr 22, 2018 2:09 PM CST
Okay,thank you all,I've be worrying about the succulent on the far right,Niko for some time. i'm not sure I can find a place with brighter light in a warm area.

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