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Why Are Succulent Leaves Turning Yellow

Ask the Expert: succulent leaves dropping and turning yellow
SucculentWorried for my succulent plant.

Bought it about 2 weeks ago, it looked healthy and green then. Leaves are turning yellow and dropping.

I have it facing South East, 4-6 hours of sun. Water 1-2 weekly. Please help. Leei-Hong Chen

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply: Most likely your plant is too wet.  Succulents are native to areas that receive little rainfall therefore they prefer to dry out between watering.

Do make sure the pot has drain holes and is not sitting in a saucer full of water.  Use a well drained media such as succulent / cactus soil if repotting.

In addition make sure the plant is in an area with sunlight,  it doesn’t have to be directly in front of a window, but in close proximity.  I believe you will see a turnaround in a few weeks once you adjust your watering habits.

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  1. What is the name of this plant? It’s getting pretty large and I need info on repotting.

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  2. Bre,

    It appears to be a type of Crassula. Perhaps Crassula tetragona. Crassula like a loose airy soil that drains well. A cactus soil should work for you. Let the soil dry slight between watering but on a regular basis during the summer months. In the winter months, you can let the soil dry completely between watering. They need a good light source, but not necessarily a direct light source. I place my crassulas in a bright room during the winter months and place it on my patio in the summer. The more light they get the less they stretch. Hope this information is helpful.

  3. Can you help me name my succulents, other than the moon cactus and old man cactus?

    Also, my succulents look like they are dying. Their leaves are turning yellow everyday and my old man is looking brown at the bottom. What can i do?

  4. Mimi

    The tall succulent could be a type of Crassula ovata (Baby Jade) but hard to tell from the condition. The smaller one in front of the tall one is also a Crassula possibly a Crassula lactea. Yellow leaves are usually caused by over-watering. Make sure you are not over-watering the succulent and any excess water is able to drain away from the plant.

  5. I could be wrong, but I believe the succulent pictured is called Burro’s Tail.

  6. Lindsey says:

    What’s the name of the succulent pictured?

  7. Jamie Woods says:

    It is Sedum treleasei.

  8. Bonita Buerge says:

    transplanted new small succulents I bought 2 weeks ago in cactus soil. Lower leaves are turning yellow and translucent. I have definitely not watered them too much. Could this happen with too little water?

  9. Aynsley Broom says:

    Hi Bonita,
    It could be that your succulent is receiving too much direct sunlight. While succulents do enjoy being in the sun, they sometimes can receive too much sunlight.

  10. About 3 weeks ago I transplanted my succulents into a little bigger planter. They were looking great. I put them outside in when there is no chance of rain. The leaves are turning yellow and brown. The soil feels very dry. I water once a week. The pot does have a drainage hole. Also I have a Hawaiian Portulaca. Had it for 5 years. The older stems started to rot so I took them off and transplanted it into a bigger planter. It looks like it is struggling. Should I be keeping these plants indoors

  11. Jeffrey Balch says:

    Are you keeping your succulents in full sun? They appreciate lots of light, but most succulents need some sun protection, especially if they’re small or temperatures are over 90 degrees.

  12. Rosemary Cochran says:

    I have just taken an interest in Succulents. What is the best soil to use in repotting them?

  13. Jeffrey Balch says:

    Succulents need to be in well-draining soils. If you’re growing your succulents inside, a grittier soil would be preferred. Also make sure your pot has drainage holes!