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Suffering succulent plant

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Question: is my plant dying?

Good evening I have this succulent plant for a year they gave it to me in May for my wedding anniversary it was in a much smaller vase in September it was poured into this larger vase because the trunk began to turn yellow in the past all winter in the kitchen and it has been watered very little but for about a month the leaves are starting to sag what can I do? help me I care a lot.


Suffering succulent plant: Answer: succulents in winter

Dear Barbara,

the concept of succulent plant is very broad, since the plants that are called succulents (or rather succulents, since the fluids abundant in them are not made up of fat but water) belong to thousands of species, widespread in nature throughout the globe; it therefore becomes difficult, from your description, to understand what plant we are talking about. The fact that it has leaves eliminates most of the cacti, and makes me lean more for another kind of succulent. In any case, unfortunately succulent plants are not very suitable to be grown in the apartment, if not taken care of in the best way. Consider that your plant for all the months characterized by short days has probably remained in vegetative rest, and therefore it needed never to be wet, and also to have a fairly cool climate. At home, on the other hand, it enjoyed around 20 ° C in the daytime and a little less at night, which is too hot. In addition to this, most of the succulents usually prefer very bright positions, and some love direct sunlight for many hours a day: in the apartment it is often difficult to place the plants in a sunny spot, unless you put them in front of a window, where sooner or later they will receive a hit of cold, coming from the window itself, or even too hot, due to the fact that often there is a radiator under the windows. When we have to place a succulent plant in the house, such as a spurge or a zamioculcas, we prefer a very bright place, and not excessively heated, but where the plant remains with constant climatic conditions; a perfect example are the luminous stairwells (therefore equipped with windows), where usually the heating is not high (often it is non-existent) and where generally the air is not circulated every day, opening the windows wide. So your plant lived for a few months with too much water, little lighting and excessive heat; in these cases, typically, on one side the plant tends to develop in an anomalous way, for example some branches grow much, but thin, with the internodes distant from each other; this phenomenon is called etiolation, and is caused by poor lighting. In addition to this, the excessive humidity in the soil has favored the development of the fungal parasite, which you had already noticed when the plant showed yellowing in the stem. Now I fear that your plant is completely invaded by the fungus, from the inside, and probably has little chance of survival. In these cases, with a sharp knife, cut all the still turgid and healthy parts, and place them on fresh and dry soil, hoping that they will take root.

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