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Drooping Aeonium Zwartkop

Hi everyone, I'm new to gardening and just have a couple of pot plants. I bought my aeonium zwartkop in September and keep it in my office at work. After a few initial incidents that were mostly because of me being too eager and overwatering that resulted in it losing a lot of leaves, it seemed to be doing okay, until about a month ago when the leaves started drooping. I moved it to a sunnier spot hoping that that was the problem but it's still looking pretty sad. The leaves aren't weak and falling off the plant, they're just limp. Does anyone have any ideas what the problem is/ how to fix it? Thanks!


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Dec. 7th, 2016 07:39 pm (UTC)
Have you had it out the pot and checked the roots since over watering?
Dec. 7th, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for replying! No I haven't, I'll bring it home soon and check. What should I be looking for?
Dec. 7th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
Well, if it has been overwatered then you are looking for still sodden compost and dead roots. It is possible that it has developed root rot.

Have a look at that, give the roots a good clean, cutting off any which feel rotten, and try repotting it with fresh, gritty, compost; preferably in a terracotta pot rather than a fresh plastic one. Make sure that now you've moved it that it isn't in a cold draft or anything, and tell us what the stem itself feels like. Does it feel soft and squidgy, or full and firm?

It could be a few things. It could be suffering from being overwatered, developed root rot, and be needing drastic action or it could just be suffering from being overwatered, having stale compost, and being moved into new conditions which it found a bit much and it'll resprout itself. Looking at the roots and checking the stems will tell us a lot. However it is recommended these plants be in clay terracotta pots rather than plastic as it is better for their roots.

Edited at 2016-12-07 11:41 pm (UTC)
Dec. 8th, 2016 03:27 am (UTC)
What kind of watering do these things like?
Dec. 8th, 2016 11:34 am (UTC)
It is less about the watering and more about the drainage. Like most succulents they don't like sitting in soggy soil.
Dec. 8th, 2016 02:36 pm (UTC)
+1 everything rhiannon_s said! Succulents can be tricky. Great advice about the clay pot too--really makes a difference indoors. You might want some course sand in your potting mix, to help drainage. And keeping it in a pot with a drainage hole set on a plastic saucer/tray would allow any extra water to run out. (Like even as simple as this: https://cdn-tp2.mozu.com/10847-14112/cms/14112/files/27bab06f-bdd4-4146-a2f3-dfbbfd92dd8c)
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