Ailing Echeveria Imbricata!
I live in Phoenix, Arizona and it's August. So we get really HOT, dry weather here (except for the recent monsoons and haboobs). I think we're in zone 9-10.
I bought an Echeveria Imbricata from a home improvement store several weeks ago, and I'm afraid I didn't do my homework until AFTER it started looking ill. :-(
I put it on a table that doesn't get direct sunlight and probably gave it a little too much water. Then, as I was researching echeveria, I found that it was doing exactly what all the sites said it would do if it didn't get enough light, namely stretching out. So, I moved it to a spot outside that gets morning sunlight and didn't give it any more water.
As I was carefully trying to pick out some of the bottom leaves that were dried out when I bought it, A LOT of the green leaves dropped off with very light touching. It looks very bad now.
I've read a lot about beheading succulents. So, I'm wondering if that's what I need to do with this one. But is it even big enough to behead?
We're no longer in spring and heading toward the end of summer, should I wait until next year to see what it does and then behead it? There were two off-shoots under the leaves when I bought the plant, and they don't look as bad as the mother plant. Can they be saved? What should I do? What would give the plant its best chance at survival?
I've included pictures from several angles. It's still in the grower's pot that I bought it in.
Thanks for your help,