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Question:

Hi. I love your blog! I am a new succulent grower. About a week ago all the leaves fell off my succulent. When I checked on it again later the main stem was kind of squishy and lighter. Now, the top is a dark brownish purple. Please help!

Answer:

Learning your succulent’s watering needs can take a little time, but you can do it! From what you’ve described, I would say that your succulent is over-watered. If your stem has discolored to that point and is squishy, what may be the best thing for it is to behead your plant and either propagate the healthy leaves, or replant the top of the plant.

To avoid this in the future, be sure to plant your succulents in well-draining soil. This will give it the best possible start from the get-go. You can either purchase a pre-mixed soil, or make your own.

After you’ve solved the soil problem, the next is knowing when to water. This is something I cover in great detail in my Successfully Growing Succulents Course! Your succulent will tell you what it needs; once you’ve learned the signs of when to water and when to let the soil dry out, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Succulent Master!

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