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Washington DC (Zone 7b)
Pannadero
Jun 4, 2018 1:52 PM CST
Hi,

My moon silver is dying... His name is Plant Guy btw... I bought him at home depot about 10-11 months ago. Transferred him to a medium sized clay pot near a window and used succulent type miracle grow potting soil. He's done pretty well since I got him, almost doubled in height over the winter--their growing season apparently.

About 2 months ago my gf and I move in together, and she drops Plant Guy while carrying him thru the front door. The immediate aftermath of the drop was a few leaves broke off, and I had to reseat him in his pot and put a handful of fresh succulent soil to top off what was lost.

Since the drop...
Leaves keep falling off... sometimes the leaves would get a kinda rotten look to them before coming off. After first sighting the rot, I repotted Plant Guy in fresh soil.

I think he got a little sunburned because I set him in the wrong window one day.

Pics below... Please help, I understand he's probably already a goner, but even if I can understand why a drop and a few lost leaves could spiral all the way to this. Thanks all!


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Most recent pic...

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Taken same time as most recent pic

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Plant Guy 2-3 weeks ago
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tarev
Jun 4, 2018 2:18 PM CST
Hello Pannadero, first off, your media seems to hold too much water and peaty, got to make that grittier. Your succulent prefers to be grown on the drier side with good access to bright light.

Reduce your container size for now, add more pumice and perlite to your soil, or get a cactus soil and add some more perlite/pumice. It has got to drain out and dry out well at root zone. Position in part sun/shade, no full sun, no fertilizers. Personally I never liked Miracle Gro soil since their soil is often with fertilizer additives already and got more peat so the media holds water longer.

I would often suggest to twist off some good leaves as back up and root it, but there is hardly any left there, so getting that media grittier will be your temporary remedy for it.

If your outdoor conditions is not too rainy and cold, you can bring it out but position in part shade to acclimate to outdoor conditions and hopefully it gets to grow new leaves. You can also top dress the soil with chicken grit so the base of your plant is not sitting in too wet media.

Washington DC (Zone 7b)
Pannadero
Jun 4, 2018 4:44 PM CST
Thanks tarev,

My oldest pic, the soil is looking very soupy... the leaves falling off and general unhealthy look, overwatered as a reflex. It would almost instantly start draining out of the bottom of the pot so I thought i was OK... I was wrong big time.

Couple quick questions if you don't mind:

1) Can you link or post a pic of what the soil makeup you mentioned should look like?

2) Is there a brand of premixed succulent/cacti potting soil you do recommend? *Im going to try mixing my own, just curious tho

Thanks again for the help!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 4, 2018 6:41 PM CST
I usually get the cactus mix in Home Depot, sorry, I forgot the name of that one but it came in a red bag. Then there is another one I like E.B. Stone Cactus Mix, which I can find at one of my favorite nurseries here. I still add some more pumice in my mix since I grow my succulents outdoors and some I can leave outdoors even during our mild winters so they need to be very well draining in case it rains.

http://www.osh.com/c/E-B-Stone...

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