too tall succulent?

by mary
(Florida)


It seems this succulent is reaching but it has just started this and I'm not sure it should be so tall. Bottom leaves have brown tips.

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Not enough light
by: Jacki

This type of growth is typical of succulents that aren't getting enough light. The length of the internodes (the space between each set of leaves) is the dead giveaway. The leaves should be stacked much closer together up the stem. This page tells you more about light requirements for succulents.

Out of all the factors you have control over, two are the most important; one is watering, the other is the light levels.

The lower leaves will age and fall off in time, that's normal. The first sign of that is the tips shriveling and eventually the whole leaf will turn brown and dry up. You can cut the whole leaf off if it's unsightly to you - however, as long as there is green, they're doing their job.

So, give this plant a lot more light, gradually. Don't move it into full sun suddenly as it will sunburn.

Thanks
by: mary

Thanks for the info - I know most of my succulents need the same care (and I was missing this) but does this one have a name that I can research or is the photo too bad?

Not sure what it is.
by: Jacki

It could be some kind of Echeveria, although with those opposite leaves it's more like Crassula or Kalanchoe. Sorry I can't be more precise about it. However, you can safely assume that no matter which of those it is, they all need the same care - bright light especially.

Thanks
by: mary

I will give it more light.

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