Is your succulent plant showing signs of withering? Are the leaves already falling off or they are already looking dark or pale? Don’t worry, it may not be too late to save your beloved house plant.

Before going further down the line, let’s examine the things that usually cause your plant to die. The most common causes of a withering succulent are overwatering, under watering, lack of sunlight, extreme temperatures, diseases or pests.

Curing Dry Leaves

It’s normal for a succulent to shed its old leaves but if you notice that yours is already drying up or it’s pale in color, better act on it quickly. It is likely that the plant is lacking nutrients or there might be pest infestation somewhere like fungi or bugs.

If there are no signs of pests, safely trim the crisp and dried parts of the plant with a pair of clean pruning shears. Next, sprinkle some water into the succulent and apply a little amount of fertilizer into the soil. Position the plant in an area with enough sunlight, preferably by the window.

Taking Care of Soggy Leaves

A succulent plant that appears mushy or a yellowish with dark spots is probably overwatered. Check first if water has accumulated in the base of its container or if its soil is soggy.

If the soil in the plant container feels wet, remove the plant with care so that the roots will not be damaged. Empty all the soil from the pot too, and spread it under the sun. Meanwhile, prick the base of the container to create several holes that will serve as drainage for liquid.

Once the soil dries up, replant the succulent and place it in place with adequate sunlight. Wait for a few days until it gets its healthy glow back before watering it again. Watering a succulent plant should only be done twice a week and avoid pouring plenty of water into it. Spraying a little amount of it will do. 

Removing Disease or Pest Problem

Carefully remove the plant and all the soil from the pot. Be careful not to damage the succulent’s roots. Then rinse it with a strong gush of water. Make sure to let the water run on the infested or infected part until the source of the problem has been washed off.

If the running water fails to remove the pests, carefully scrape off the infestation and wash it again. Set it aside to dry. After that, disinfect the pot with hot water and soap. When both the plant and container have dried up, fill the pot with fresh garden soil and replant the succulent.

If All Else Fails

If your plant is already beyond saving or you simply want to ease up the process of growing another one, that’s a sign that you already have to buy a replacement for it. Check out the different variants of succulent plants here at Cal Farms so you can replenish your garden and all-natural house decors in no time at all.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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