Help! I have no idea what type of succulent this is, and its dying.

by Kaitlyn Moore
(Newark, Delaware)





I do believe I found this plant at local drugstore. It is pretty tall measuring just above 5 inches from the top of the pot.

It has a pretty light green color, with a whiteish blueish hue, that when you touch it, it disappears. It is also smooth to the touch.

It has a pretty almost rosette type top, the leaves/branches are decently spaced out. All of this you can see in the pictures.

I have spent hours of going through pictures and forums to try and identify my plant. I have no clue what type of succulent this is, and its starting to die, therefore I do not know how to figure out what I'm doing wrong and how to revive it! Thank you!!

This is a typical example of some type of Pachyphytum / Graptopetalum / Echeveria / Sedum or combination thereof. These closely related are all commonly hybridized with each other, and there are a lot of great succulent plants out there, all with some combination of traits from their parents.

Anything that loses its leaves at the slightest touch generally has some Pachyphytum blood er, sap in it's veins.

With this one, I'm leaning towards Sedeveria, a hybrid between Sedum and Echeveria, but it's almost impossible to be 100% positive.

The white waxy powder is called 'bloom' (not referring to flowers in this case) which is for protection against hot sun.

Apart from the fact that it's now really overgrown and a little lacking in light, your plant looks quite healthy.

Losing the lower leaves is a common thing, and doesn't mean that the plant is dying. Generally what happens is that the lower leaves will fall off, making it look like a palm tree, with a long bare stem and the rosette on top.

Make sure it gets more light, even if you have to get a grow light for it; you can also propagate it, to shorten it and make it more suited to indoor growing. Wondering how to do this? Buy the e-book; click on the picture below!
Best of luck
Jacki





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