Super Interesting Fuzzy Succulents You Have To See

At this point, you agree that there is always something fuzzy about succulents. Of course, they’re easy to grow and all that. But when it comes to the beauty side of things, the unique features are endless.

And today, the focus will be on select few succulents with fuzzy leaves.

In the wild, the fuzzy leaves are an adaptation for toning down the intense heat common in the deserts these succulents inhabit. But in homes? In addition to the aesthetic appeal of these cute members of the plant kingdom., which means you should check them out.

And on this page, you’ll get an idea of what to check out. Read on.

1. Bear’s Paw (Cotyledon tomentosa)

The bear’s paw gets this common name from its “teeth”. Each of the puffy succulent leaves has tiny teeth at the tip, giving them the impression of a paw. The teeth turn to deep red when the plant is exposed to bright light. The leaf surfaces of these succulents are yellow-green and, of course, fuzzy.

The plant blooms in spring, bringing forth bell-shaped flowers that may be orange, pink, light yellow, or orange-red.

This shrubby beauty isn’t so good at braving the cold, so it’s best grown as an indoor plant – in regions that get colder than 30o F (-10 C). Otherwise, caring for this plant is a breeze.

As long as there is full sun to partial exposure, a well-draining soil mix, and ideal watering, your Cotyledon tomentosa will give you the best of its world – beauty. In summer, you might want to scale back on watering and fertilization as this succulent is dormant during this time.

For more on the bear’s paw succulent, check out “Super Cute Bear Paw Succulent (Cotyledon Tomentosa)“.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Bear’s Paw (Cotyledon tomentosa) @cosas_de_crasas

2. Woolly Rose (Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’)

This is a hybrid between Echeveria setosa and Echeveria pulvinata ‘Ruby’.

Have a preference for tiny succulents? If yes, then the woolly rose succulent will be a good fit for you. This fuzzy piece of living art has a maximum height of about 5cm.

The leaves are a pale green but turn red at the tips when exposed to bright light — the woolly rose flowers between spring and fall. The blooms are multi-colored, with the inside being yellow and a red shading to yellow exterior parts.

As with most succulents, be sure to cut back on watering and stop fertilizing once winter sets in. Also, during this season, the wooly rose loses its leaves. It’s essential to make sure that those leaves are gone as soon as they fall off. Any shriveled foliage should also be cut off ASAP.

This protects the plant from the rot that may be set off by the dead foliage.

Be sure to also check out our piece “Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?” to see more on the parent plant echeveria pulvinata.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Woolly Rose (Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’) @silly_and_squeaks_succulents

3. Mexican Firecracker (Echeveria setosa)

The Mexican firecracker is an award-winning beauty – it has the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. So rest assured that it is an excellent plant to consider.

The succulent grows in stemless rosettes of approximately 15 cm diameter with numerous spoon-shaped leaves. The leaves are green and are covered with closely-cropped white hairs. Come spring, Echeveria setosa bears red flowers with yellow tips on 12-inch stalks.

You’ll be good to grow this baby inside if you live in a USDA hardiness zone below 9b. Alternatively, you can still grow it outside but in a pot. The cold can have devastating effects, so you want to be able to bring it inside when winter comes knocking.

You can propagate it easily by stem or leaf cuttings in spring or as soon as summer kicks off.

Check out another member from the echeveria family in “All You Need to Know About Echeveria Lola“.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Mexican Firecracker (Echeveria setosa) @donasuculent

4. Teneriffe Houseleek (Sempervivum ciliosum)

Another well-deserved recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

The Teneriffe houseleek throws up numerous usually tiny offsets of up to 10 cm in height. It has a spreading habit covering as much as 50 cm. The green leaves grow in a spherical formation. At maturity, Sciliosum bears yellow blooms on 10 cm stalks. These usually come out in summer.

Want to see the full extent of this succulent beauty? Be sure to give it full sunlight exposure. Besides amplifying the colors, the sun will help maintain the compactness of those rosettes.

Houseleeks are the perfect option if you’re looking for cold-hardy fuzzy succulents. They can tolerate temperatures down to -40 F (-200 C), but you’ll have to shelter them from heavy downpours.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Teneriffe Houseleek (Sempervivum ciliosum) @tiacristinacoimbra

5. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

The velvety green leaves of this plant make it one of the must-have fuzzy succulents. But there is a caveat: it’s been found to be toxic. So as much it will add a certain cheer to your indoors (or outdoors), you have to keep an eye out if you have kids and pets around.

That aside, it’s still a beautiful possession. On top of the velvet-like look, the brown-spotted tips of its green leaves make it particularly appealing.

To grow the panda plant outdoors, check to make sure that your area falls in USDA hardiness zone 9a and above. Otherwise, you’ll have to raise it as an indoor plant. Regardless of where you’re growing it, though, make a point of allowing enough access to light.

Full sun to partial exposure will be ideal. But for outdoors, protect your baby from the intense afternoon rays.

Check out more on this succulent with our piece “Kalanchoe Tomentosa— the Panda Plant“.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) @jeps09

6. Pickle Plant (Delosperma echinatum)

This South African native is more of a horizontal grower though it’s not uncommon to find plants with heights of 18 inches or so. Both the stems and leaves are covered with spiny white hairs. Yellow flowers show up when winter is about to wrap up.

Also, during this time (winter), you’re sure to find a few shriveled leaves on the plant. As long you’re following the right care routine, this shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. But you might want to remove the foliage lest they invite rot.

Raise your pickle plant in well-draining soil under full sun or partial shade. If you’re growing this succulent mostly in dry soils outdoors (zones 7a to 10b), keep in mind of its invasive nature.

You can propagate Delosperma echinatum by division, cuttings, or seeds. You should make cuttings in fall, spring, or summer, while for division, spring will be your most ideal season to do it.

You may have some of these succulents indoor while the winter season is passing through. Check out “How To Care For Indoor Succulents During The Winter” for our guide to taking care of your succulents indoors.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Pickle Plant (Delosperma echinatum) @trojanking9

7. Plush Plant (Echeveria harmsii)

The Mexican native is a head-turner given the appeal of its leaves. For a start, the natural color of leaves is green, but with a tinge of pink at their tips. The most outstanding feature is the closely-cropped spread of hairs that gives the plush plant’s leaves a velvet appearance.

Being good as it is, most people find its urn-shaped flowers the most appealing. The blooms are bright orange with yellow throats. They come out in spring.

In addition to the lean caring routine common with succulents, be sure to rid your fuzzy plant of dry foliage. The dead leaves attract rot and are perfect hideouts for pests. The plush plant’s leaves are usually dry in winter.

You can only grow this baby outside if your hardiness zone is 11a and above.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Plush Plant (Echeveria harmsii) @patricia_medina_llerena

8. White Chenille Plant (Echeveria pulvinata Frosty)

The common here – white chenille plant – refers to the velvety silver cover of fine hairs (and that’s the origin of the name ‘frosty’). As mentioned above, this serves to quell the intense heat that is common in drylands, Oaxaca, Mexico, in the case of this gem.

The plant is quite a heavy bloomer, throwing up as many as 20 flowers at ago! These orange bell-shaped flowers come out in winter.

Despite the name “frosty” though, super low temperatures will mess it big time – below 200 F (-70 C). So it goes without saying that you must put measures in place if the average minimum readings of your area are way below this.

Propagating the white chenille plant is easy through stem cuttings. Just nip off a stem 1-2 cm below a rosette, give it time for the cut part to heal, and plant it in well-draining soil.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
White Chenille Plant (Echeveria pulvinata Frosty) @succulents_yt

9. White Velvet (Tradescantia sillamontana)

You can also call it cobweb spiderwort, white gossamer plant, or hairy wondering Jew. These common names are a reference to the plant’s surface that is entirely densely covered in white hairs.

The plant starts with an upright habit but later on turns to prostrate. The leaves vary in color, sometimes being gray-green, faded olive or purple.

If you have a liking for flowers (who doesn’t?) then summer is the best time with the white velvet. During this season, it bears purple-pink blooms.

But all these good looks will fizzle under low light, too much fertilizer (nitrogen), and overwatering. So better keep the three in check if you want a beaming Tsillamontana.

For watering, keep it light. Only fetch the can when the soil is dry. You should also reduce this frequency further in winter when the plant has gone into dormancy. Fertilization is a no-no during winter.

Need to find some guidance on which fertilizer is best to buy for your succulents? Check out “5 Safest Fertilizers For Your Succulents” for more.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
White Velvet (Tradescantia sillamontana) @frlilgarden

10. Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis)

Besides copper spoons, other common names include leather plant, cinnamon bear, and shoe leather Kalanchoe.

Despite having a known height of 1.8 m, copper spoons will remain small in a pot. As the name suggests, its leaves are spoon-shaped with an upward fold. The leaves have distinct colors on the upper and lower sides.

The upper side is a dash of cinnamon brown, while the underside is grayish. But this distinction disappears as the plant racks up years – the cinnamon brown slowly changes to fit the appearance of the lower part of the leaf. Of course, both sides of the leaves are covered with hairs of corresponding colors.

Copper spoons sure do love light. But you have to be careful with southern exposure as it will burn the plant. So partial sun and light shade will serve the plant better.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis) @that.botanical.life

11. Millot Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe millotii)

This last beauty has a shrubby habit and can grow to 30 cm (12 inches) tops. It has oval green leaves that have scalloped edges. The little hairs on the surface of these leaves give the plant a hazy look. Summertime is the flowering season. The blooms are greenish-yellow and occur in clusters.

You’re in luck if you live in a warmer region (USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b). Millot Kalanchoe makes a perfect rock garden plant. But as it is with most Kalanchoe, be sure to shield the plant against intense sun rays.

You can propagate the Kalanchoe millotii via its leaves.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Millot Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe millotii) @kyliesgarden

Thank you for reading with us today! Make sure you go check out related articles to keep your succulent interest high with “Succulent Leaves Changing Color? Find Out What That Means” or even “14 Sedum Succulents You Need In Your Garden“.

If you’d like this read you’re going to love our full in-depth ebooks! With so many of our succulent lovers asking for more, we listened and can’t wait to share it with you here! With our very detailed ebooks, you’ll get more information than these short articles, some ebooks are 30+ pages, perfect for a weekend read.

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Succulent Leaves Changing Color? Find Out What That Means

One of the main things we love about succulents is their beautiful, varied colors. They come in green, red, dark purple, blue, pink—pretty much every color imaginable. But sometimes, the leaves of a succulent that you thought was one color can start changing color on you. Maybe your green succulent is beginning to turn red, or your beautiful, bright purple succulent is starting to fade and become pale. Succulent leaves can also turn all sorts of other colors, including yellow, brown, and even black. What does it all mean, and what can you do to stop the leaves of your beloved succulents from changing color? That’s what we’re going to talk about today, so keep reading! 

What Do Yellow or Transparent Leaves Mean?

Because overwatering can kill your succulent as it progresses, you need to act quickly as soon as you notice signs of overwatering like yellow, soggy leaves. The first thing you should do is take your succulent out of its container and leave it to dry out for a few days. When you repot it, make sure to put it in a succulent soil with good drainage. Your succulent probably got waterlogged because it was sitting in soil that didn’t drain well! 

You’ll also have to get your succulent on a better watering schedule. Unlike other houseplants, succulents only need water once every week or two. Check out this article we wrote on when to water succulents to learn how to water your plants properly and avoid this problem in the future! 

Succulent Leaves Changing Color? Find Out What That Means
A succulent with yellow leaves @candyscompost

What Do Brown Leaves Mean?

When succulent leaves turn brown, the problem can be kind of hard to diagnose. This is because brown leaves can be caused by three vastly different problems—lack of water, too much water, and sun damage. Frustrating, right? 

That’s why you’ll need to look for other signs to determine which problem is plaguing your succulent. 

Signs Your Succulent is Underwatered 

Underwatering is a prevalent problem with succulents. Because succulents have a reputation for needing very little water, a lot of people water their succulents too infrequently. Succulents are usually plump and healthy, but underwatered succulents look crinkly and deflated. The leaves may look dry, flat, and shriveled up. When you touch them, they may even feel noticeably dry and crispy. 

If you notice any of these signs of underwatering in your beloved succulent baby, you need to water it stat! Water your succulent until water starts coming out of the drainage holes of the pot. That may seem like a lot of water, especially if you’ve been routinely underwatering your succulent. But succulents like a good, thorough soak about once every week or two. Plus, your succulent is extra thirsty, so it’ll appreciate this water even more! 

Over the next week, check your soil to see if it’s dry. You should wait to water your succulent again until the soil is completely dry. After you’ve watered your succulent two or three times, it should start perking up and looking better. But if your plant doesn’t look any healthier, you may have to try water therapy. Water therapy involves putting your succulent’s roots in water to rehydrate them quickly. Water therapy is a last resort, and it doesn’t always work. But you may be able to save your severely underwatered succulents by doing it.

If you want to learn more, be sure to check out “What to Do When You Underwater Succulents?“.

Signs Your Succulent is Overwatered 

Unlike underwatered succulents, overwatered succulents look mushy and soggy. The leaves of an overwatered succulent start changing to yellow or transparent as we mentioned above, and then turn a deeper brown or black color as the problem becomes more severe. Eventually, your succulent will become so black and rotten that you can’t save it. Your plant can even start to attract gnats and pests at this stage because of how moist and rotten it is. That’s why you should throw your succulent away once it becomes obvious you can’t save it, as hard as that is to do. You wouldn’t want it to attract pests that could damage your other succulents!

Be sure to also check out “5 Dangers Of Overwatering A Cactus” for all dangers on overwatering a succulent.

Succulent Leaves Changing Color? Find Out What That Means
An overwatered succulent @timotheigh

Signs Your Succulent is Sun-Damaged

Succulents can also turn brown if they’re given too much sunlight. If you notice brown patches of discoloration on your succulent, that means your plant is getting too much sunlight and is developing a pretty bad sunburn. Just like our skin, succulent leaves can burn when they’re exposed to too much bright, direct light. In the early stages of sun damage, succulent leaves develop white patches of discoloration. As the sunburn progresses, those patches turn a deeper brown color. If you see brown spots on your succulent and you usually keep it in a bright, sunny location, move it into the shade right away! Those brown patches mean that your succulent has an advanced case of sunburn that could potentially be fatal.

Sunburn can be fatal because succulents can’t carry out photosynthesis with any of their sun-damaged tissue. If your plant’s sunburn is extensive, it might not make it. That’s why you should look out for the early signs of sunburn-like white patches of discoloration and adjust the amount of light you give your succulents accordingly. If you keep your succulents outdoors during the summer, you should also use things like shade cloth to keep them cool and prevent sunburn. Better safe than sorry!

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What Do Red or Blue Leaves Mean? 

If your succulent’s leaves are turning red, orange, blue, or purple, it means that your plant is a little stressed! Succulents produce pigments called anthocyanin and carotenoid in response to environmental stressors like intense sunlight and heat. These pigments protect them from getting damaged by the sun’s strong UV rays and turn them some pretty beautiful colors, too! Anthocyanin turns succulents blue or purple, while carotenoid turns plant red, orange, or yellow. 

This stress response may sound a little worrying, but it’s not! A little bit of stress can be healthy for your succulent, with the bonus of bringing out some beautiful colors in its leaves. Still, you want to make sure that you don’t push things too far. Succulents can become too stressed and start to develop health problems. If you notice any signs of sunburn-like white or brown patches of discoloration on your succulent’s leaves, move them into the shade right away!

Don’t miss out on “Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off?” for our guide to leaves falling off your succulent.

What Do Pale Leaves Mean? 

If your succulent leaves are looking pale and washed out, that’s a sign that your plant isn’t getting enough sunlight. Succulents that aren’t getting enough light may also start to get unusually tall and leggy or grow sideways towards the nearest light source. If you notice any of these signs in your succulent, put them in an area of your home that gets more light, or if it’s not too cold, put them outside for a while so they can soak up some sun. If your succulent’s color doesn’t start coming back, and it still seems to be growing tall or sideways, you may need to invest in a grow light.

Check out this article we wrote on the best grow lights as reviewed by succulent lovers if you need some help picking one out!

What Do White Fuzzy Spots Mean? 

If your succulent has white, fuzzy spots all over it, you probably have a mealybug infestation on your hands. Because mealybugs are small, white, and fuzzy, they’re often mistaken for mold or fungus. But now that you’ve read this article, you know better, and you’ll start treating this deadly type of infestation right away. 

The best way to get rid of a mealybug infestation is to quarantine the affected plants and spray them with isopropyl alcohol, which surprisingly won’t hurt your plant. But we’ve also covered a lot of other methods you can use to get rid of an infestation in this article, so check it out! 

Succulent Leaves Changing Color? Find Out What That Means
Succulents with pale leaves @thosearesucculent

We hope that this article has helped you figure out why your succulent leaves are changing color. But if you still have questions, drop them in the comments section below or post them in the Succulent City Plant Lounge. There’s a huge group of plant lovers in that group who have tons of knowledge, so they’ll be able to answer your question!

If you’d like this read you’re going to love our full in-depth ebooks! With so many of our succulent lovers asking for more, we listened and can’t wait to share it with you here! With our very detailed ebooks, you’ll get more information than these short articles, some ebooks are 30+ pages, perfect for a weekend read.

Happy planting! 🌵

Tiger’s Jaw – Faucaria Tigrina

Have you ever encountered a plant that you have to look at twice to make sure it’s not a wild animal from a land-dwelling not of this planet? Most of these amazing creatures turn out to be succulents, and they appear in all sorts of shapes, hues, and sizes. The majority of the informal names given to succulents usually have something to do with the way they look. From the chubby, oddly shaped leaves to the unusual blooms, succulents dominate the plant world when it comes to being exotic.

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina
A young succulent growing in a planter @rachaelsgarden

Beauty With a Bite

Faucaria tigrina is one of those particular succulents that look scary yet adorable at the same time. This stemless succulent has plump, bright green, triangular leaves that grow alternately, forming a star-shaped rosette. The leaves grow in clumps and have sharp, menacing, teeth-like structures that could pass for an underwater predator on the National Geographic channel. These ‘teeth’ are what give this succulent the street names Tiger Jaws or Shark Jaws. There are about ten teeth on every leaf that serves as a defense mechanism. They also help the plant to trap water vapor from the atmosphere, taking it down to the roots of the plant.

The leaves of Tiger Jaws have spaced out, white striations that give it a rough texture. Depending on the intensity of sunlight the plant receives, the leaves can develop a deep purple to pink outline. The plant can grow up to 15 cm (6 inches) tall while the leaves mature to 5 cm (2 inches) long. During early fall and winter, Tiger Jaws bloom sunshine yellow flowers that resemble daisies and are about 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. They appear for several months, opening at midday and closing just before the sunsets. This sun-worshiping succulent lets the sun dictate whether it will open its flowers and will generally remain closed on cloudy days.

Be sure to look into more amazing and rare succulents like “Cutest Succulents: Living Stones (Lithops)“. Check it out!

Tiger Jaws – Faucarina Tigrina
Tiger’s Jaw succulent @homelypot

The Back Story

Up to this day, Tiger’s Jaw has been spotted sinking their teeth into rocks and mountain slopes of the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, with a distribution range going from Somerset East to Grahamstown. This succulent was first documented to have been discovered by a gardener’s apprentice named Francis Masson. During the late 1700s, the King of England wanted new plants for the Key Royal Botanical Gardens. Masson boarded Captain James Cook’s vessel on their second voyage exploring the Pacific Banks with instructions to collect plants from the Cape region. He then roamed the ornamented landscapes of the Cederberg’s, Little Karoo and its environs for five years, sorting and documenting over 400 species of plants, with Tiger Jaws appearing in the collection. The succulent was then given the genus Faucaria from the Latin word ‘faux,’ which means jaw and Tigrina, which means tiger.

Faucaria Tigrina has been registered in the Red List of South African Plants as Endangered because there are currently only four remaining subpopulations left in their natural habitat. The greatest extinction threats for this succulent are urban expansion, development, and overgrazing.

Check out “Where Do Most Succulents Come From?” to see exactly where these interesting plants come from.

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina
A flowering Tiger’s Jaw succulent @kym.yoga.lotus.den

Keeping Up With Tiger’s Jaw

Bearing in mind that Tiger Jaws is originally from Subtropical climatic regions, they thrive in temperatures between 21°C and 32°C (70°F to 90°F). This succulent can survive higher temperatures if the shade is strategically provided. When the weather is scorching, the succulent stops growing, therefore reducing its water intake. Tiger Jaws health tends to decline when exposed to temperatures under 16°C (60°F) for long periods, and it is advisable to place the plant indoors during the cold months.

Like most succulents, Tiger Jaws are not big fans of water and can go through the summer heat with sporadic moments of thirst quenchers. They will need a drink when the topsoil is completely dry, with the frequency reducing during the cold seasons. They require good draining soil like cactus potting mix, and thanks to their short roots, they can be planted in a shallow container. When encouraging the plant to bloom, it would need at least 3 – 4 hours of direct sunlight during the summer.

Tiger Jaws have a tell-tale sign that they are not doing well. When the leaves of the plant start to lose their color or suddenly wilt, this could be your plant’s way of saying it is drowning. When the leaves begin to turn to mush, your plant is at its death bed. You could remove the soggy ends and dry your plant for two days and try replanting. This succulent propagates from offsets that grow at the bottom of the parent plant. Offsets need a warm and dry place out of direct sunlight for the first month of their growth cycle. Every two to three years, it is recommended that you repot the plant to enable the roots to continue growing.

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina
A close-up view of the Tiger Jaws @plantsbywyatt

With its pretty green, spike-toothed leaves and eye-catching flowers that bloom for months, Tiger’s Jaw make the perfect centerpiece for a rock garden or an arresting statement on a living room table. Let’s repopulate this magnificent species. Get yours today!

Thank you for reading with us today! Be sure to check out related articles to keep your succulent interest going like “5 Succulents You can Grow in a Coffee Mug” or even “Air Plants vs Succulent Plants“.

If you liked this read, you’re going to love our full in-depth ebooks! With so many of our succulent lovers asking for more, we listened and can’t wait to share it with you here! With our very detailed ebooks, you’ll get more information than these short articles, some ebooks are 30+ pages, perfect for a weekend read. 

Happy Planting! 🌵

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off?

It’s easy to tell when your succulent is in distress. When it starts doing things like dropping leaves left and right, you know it’s not healthy or happy. But figuring out why your succulent baby is in trouble is really hard!

There are so many factors that affect plant health. Water, sunlight, temperature, the soil you use, and even the pot you’ve put your plant in can affect its health. With so many variables, how are you supposed to figure out why your succulent’s leaves are dropping like flies?

That’s what we’re here to help you with today! Unfortunately, we can’t come to your house and diagnose your plant in person, but we can give you the info you need to figure out what’s wrong on your own. By the end of this post, you’ll be an expert plant doctor!

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Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off
Why are my succulents leaves falling off? @mijardin.pe

Low Light Succulents

Succulents can start to drop their leaves if they’re kept in low light conditions for too long. You’ll know that your plant has this issue if it looks tall and stretched out. Sun-starved succulents will also start growing towards a light source. So if your plant seems to be growing sideways to get closer to a window, that’s another sign that lack of light is the problem.

Luckily, this issue is really easy to fix! All you have to do is put your plant someplace sunnier, or put it under a grow light like this one— and for additional grow lights we recommend, check out our article, here! But before you put it outside and expose it to the sun’s blistering rays, make sure that you acclimate it first!

Plants get sun spots / burn too!

Acclimate Your Plant for the Outdoors

To start, you should only give your plant about an hour of sunlight or artificial light each day. Anything more and you’ll risk sunburning it. You can slowly increase the length of sun exposure over a period of a few weeks until your succulent is getting around six hours of bright sunlight each day, or around 12 hours of artificial light.

Your succulent should stop dropping leaves after soaking up some much-needed sun. But unfortunately, you can’t reverse some of the damage that’s been done, like your succulent’s stretched out appearance. You can propagate your original plant and grow brand new plants from it that won’t look stretched out. But giving your original plant more sun won’t make it look as compact as it was on the day you bought it. Bummer, right?

Check out our full article about the importance of sunlight for succulents!

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off
Low Light Succulents @howorthia

Overwatering Your Succulents

Overwatering can have some serious consequences for your plant! It can cause root rot, make your succulent’s leaves fall off, and can even cause total plant death. Yikes!

Overwatering is one of the easiest ways to kill your succulent, so it’s something you definitely want to avoid. If you notice that your succulent leaves are mushy, soggy, and falling off on the regular, you need to cool it with the watering can!

You should only water your succulent when the soil it’s planted in is completely dry to the touch. You’ll probably end up watering your succulents once every week or two.

If you tweak your watering schedule, your succulent leaves should make a full recovery in no time!

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off
Overwatering your succulents @momsgarden_la

Will too Much Fertilizer Hurt My Succulents?

If you put too much fertilizer on your succulent, it could actually have the opposite effect and stunt its growth! It can also cause some of its leaves to drop off, discolor the remaining leaves, and burn its root system.

If your houseplant is showing some or all these signs, it’s time to take action! If you see any white crust on the surface of the soil, grab your succulent tools and make sure you remove it all carefully. This is excess salt from the fertilizer—it can damage your plant and burn it if you leave it on there.

How to Remove Excess Fertilizer

Now, if you’re going to try to flush the excess fertilizer out of the soil by watering your succulent. Let the water drain completely, and then repeat the process once or twice to make sure there aren’t any traces of fertilizer left.

Then, make sure you remove any leaves that are damaged or dying. This will prevent your plant from using up its precious resources to try to repair damaged leaves. Your succulent will grow new leaves to replace them, so don’t worry about removing them!

If you follow these steps, we think your succulent leaves will make it! But remember in the future to only fertilize your succulents with water soluble fertilizer, like this one we use from Miracle-Gro, that’s been diluted to half-strength. You should only ever use diluted fertilizer on your plant babies to avoid chemical burns. You should also fertilize them sparingly—no more than once a month during their active growing season. That way they won’t get overloaded with salt or nutrients and start losing their leaves.

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off
Can too much fertilizer hurt my succulents @olorfulife.photography

Can Succulents Survive Extreme Temperatures?

If your succulent gets too hot, its leaves will actually start dropping off. It’s a normal response to the stress caused by heat and drought. Isn’t that weird? It seems strange, but it won’t actually hurt your plant and it’s not something to worry over too much.

Still, you should try to throw some shade cloth or a plant cover over your succulent or move it to a less sunny area of your garden to try to prevent this from happening. After all, who likes to see their succulent baby stressed?

If your plants gets too cold, though, that can spell disaster. A lot of succulents can’t handle freezing temperatures, and if they’re exposed to them for too long, the cells inside their leaf tissue can freeze and burst, causing irreparable damage.

If your succulent has frozen in the cold, some of its leaves will look brown or black and kind of mushy. If the damage is really bad, the whole plant will look like it’s rotting. In that case, it’s pretty much unsalvageable. For a proper guide on how to care for succulents in the winter, dormant months, check out this article.

But if the damage has only affected a few leaves here or there, your succulent leaves will be ok. Leave the damaged leaves on your plant. When your plant grows, those leaves will fall right off on their own and be replaced by healthy ones.

For cacti-specific tips, click here to see our guide on determining if your cactus is dying.

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off?
Beautiful spiral succulents! @akadamatsuchi

Those are some of the potential causes of leaf-loss and how to treat them! Did this post help you figure out what’s going on with your succulent leaves? Let us know in the comments section below!

Learn about some further ways to ensure your succulents and cacti are as healthy as can be! Check out What to Do When My Succulent Leaves are Splitting, How to Get Rid of Mealybugs, or Repotting Succulents the Right Way.

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