Why is my succulent soft and droopy

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Nasty pests like mealybug and powdery mildew can cause soft leaves on succulents. Mealybug can be eliminated by spraying your plant with alcohol (70% isopropyl). Powdery mildew can be treated with milk. If you do not know how, I share with you these two articles:

Excess salt and nitrogen in fertilizers can burn roots and limit moisture absorption. Affected roots will also make your plants easy targets for pest attacks.

I have a semprevivum that its leaves are down and its red color of the tips disappeared, I have it exposed to direct sun until 1:00pm and I do not know what happens to it, it had several children and no longer has any, I took it out of the substrate and I only saw some ants but not as if it were a pest, I do not know what to do, help.

Hello, my succulent began to have some black spots like “threads” and on the leaves there are some white spots that later become holes as if a bug ate them, but I can’t find it. I have cleaned it and checked it but the leaves keep getting ugly. I don’t know what to do anymore. :'(

What to do if my succulent is soft?

Eliminate excess fertilizer by increasing the amount of water with which you regularly water your succulent by 4 to 5 times. Note that you should only increase the amount of water, but not the frequency of watering.

What does it mean when the leaves of succulents become limp?

The leaves are soft. A symptom of overwatering.

What to do with fallen leaves of succulents?

Like any other living being, the leaves of our succulents have their life cycle. As they grow, the lower (more mature) leaves dry up and die to give life to the new leaves at the top. In this case, it is completely normal for them to fall and there is nothing to worry about.

How to tell if my succulent is rotting

Especially when we start, one of the most common problems with non-cacti succulents is leaf drop. Of course, when we see that they are falling and are running out of leaves, it is inevitable to worry… and a lot!

If we live in an area where the temperature drops below 0 degrees, it is normal that many succulents react by dropping their leaves. The first will be the lower ones, and if they remain unprotected, they could all fall off. Unlike the old leaves, which start turning brown, the ones that have been cold can be apparently fine during the whole time.

Watering is one of the most important tasks to control, especially when it comes to succulents, as their leaves will soon rot. And it will be that, the rot, to notice the soft leaves, what indicates us that we have exceeded with the water.

To try to save them, what we will do will be to take them out of the pot and to wrap the bread of earth (root ball) with several layers of absorbent paper. We leave it in an area protected from direct sunlight until the next day, when we will remove the paper and check if they have lost all the moisture or not. If they have not, we will wrap the root ball with paper again for 24 hours. After that time, plant it in a pot and do not water until a week has passed.

My succulent is drying out

Knowing how to identify the excess or lack of water in our succulents is, along with the frequency with which the plants should be watered or how to water succulents, one of the most common doubts in relation to issues affecting irrigation.

Subsequently, we will explain how to identify the lack of water, the symptoms of a succulent that needs water and, finally, we will explain how you can solve the lack of water in your succulent plants or cactus.

In our article on how often to water succulent or succulent plants we share a series of tricks and also some variables that determine the watering needs of plants. We recommend that you read it to learn more about watering succulents.

As we explained when we talked about what succulents are, one of the characteristics of this type of plants is the accumulation of water, which makes them able to withstand long periods without watering. If a succulent dies from dehydration, it is because it has endured too much time of drought.

Succulent with wrinkled leaves

Also, this philosophy ensures that this type of plants, by storing more energy from the sun and heat they are able to transform it into positive energy, which generates a greater life both in the plant itself and on those spaces in which it is located.

A common doubt among those who have this type of plants is to know how to identify the excess or lack of water in succulents, which is in the same index of concern as knowing how to water them or how often to do it, since the risk is usually one of the most common doubts.

Once you have identified the excess water in succulents, it is time to know how to solve this problem. In case you have detected that you have overwatered your succulents, it is recommended to increase the time between risks, and water only when the substrate is completely dry.

Only in the case that, given the conditions of the area where you live, you can know that the substrate of the plant will not dry out easily, you should transplant it to a completely dry substrate. However, keep in mind that succulents, when transplanted, suffer wounds that make them more vulnerable to pests and other diseases.