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Why Are Succulent Leaves Dropping?

Ask the Expert: CACTUS LIKE SUCCULENT CARE
I HAVE A CACTUS LIKE SUCCULENT IT IS NOT A TRUE CACTUS. IT LOOKS LIKE A COLUMN CACTUS. IT IS ABOUT SIX FEET TALL AND SOME OF THE LEAVES ARE STARTING TO DROOP. WHAT
DO YOU THINK IS THE PROBLEM? HELP FRAN

Plant Expert Reply:
Cacti and succulent are general terms and although they may have similar traits they may have totally different growing requirements. Water issues are always a good place to start when trying to determine the problem with any plant. On the whole cacti and succulents can tolerate low moisture levels. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t need water. For more culture information about cacti and succulents The Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose has some great information.

From the sounds of it, your succulent has probably been over-watered. With all of my succulents, I let them dry out slightly before I water them. So I would let it dry slightly before I water it again. This should correct the problem and the succulent should recover in a couple of weeks.

If you send me a picture of the succulent, I will try to identify it and give you more specific care instructions.

Comments

  1. darla hargrove says:

    Could.you please let me know what kind of succlent this is? I am also losing leaves from this plant and my other one lost all of its little things as well. I don’t what is wrong please help! These are the only plants I have not been able to keep chipped looking. Its my first time having them. Thanks

  2. Darla,

    Can you please send me a picture of your succulent? You can email me the pictures – jadams@flowershopnetwork.com

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