Broad purplish-greenish, spaced out leaves

by Sarah
(Norfolk, Virginia)



This plant has broad leaves that come together in the tiniest point at the ends. The leaves are significantly spaced apart on the stem and fall off at even the slightest touch. Can anyone identify this succulent for me? Knowing what it is will help me care for it better.

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Nov 19, 2014
They're not supposed to be spaced out...
by: Jacki

But you're trying to grow it in an area that isn't bright enough for it, so it's stretching. This is Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg' which when well grown will be compact and low to the soil level. When the light levels aren't enough it will etiolate, or the stem will elongate.

Sometimes the leaves will fall off due to this too, because they need a certain amount of light just to survive. The fact that it's doing this is an indication that you need to give it more light, and also stop overwatering it. They only need water when the soil is really dry. Watering it in tiny amounts frequently is the most common cause of succulents death.

See more about how to grow Echeveria here.

Hope that helps!

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