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Apr 23, 2018 6:26 PM CST
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Lowell, MA
My cactus' leaves are being eaten by something! How do I save them?

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Apr 23, 2018 9:10 PM CST
Name: Kyle
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They don't look eaten to me. Just broken. It looks fine to me. Does it get enough light?
It is more properly called a 'succulent'. Not a cactus at all.
Apr 23, 2018 9:41 PM CST
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They look broken to me too, but it's puzzling why there are so many different leaves damaged the same way (6 notches visible). Is the damage ongoing? With soft leaved plants like Echeveria you sometimes see breakage or damage along the lines of the pot, like when growers cram too many plants into a limited space and leaves get broken or sheared where they pass over the edges of the pot. But the damage here does not seem to line up with anything like that, except maybe the previous (smaller) pot. It's almost like there are cat claws in the picture. Smiling

The birds and rodents here like to snack on a couple of Echeverias (mostly for their water content I would imagine) and the bites are always highly irregular, usually compound. The damage I see would be at the leaf tips or sometimes the growth point, not in between. But there's a great infinity of herbivores on the planet, so maybe you've got something else entirely going on.

That is a nice looking Echeveria, Helen.

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Apr 24, 2018 1:51 PM CST
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Lowell, MA
Thanks so much guys! I was afraid it was dying. I haven't had plants in a few years but my friend got me this one and I've grown fond of it.
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