Unknown Succulent?

by Michelle
(BC, Canada)

Bought for me at a flea market with no tags. It's currently 2-3 inches tall, with a straight stalk. It's bright green, with fleshy leaves. New leaves have grown in rapidly in the 1 to 2 weeks I've had it.

The longer leaves are starting to droop and go soft, but I'm not sure if that means I'm not taking care of it well.

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Oct 27, 2014
Too many choices
by: Jacki

Without seeing this as an adult plant, there is no way I can tell you for sure. Besides being sideways, the picture isn't real clear.

Here are some potential suspects;

Some kind of Crassula, based on the fact that the leaves are arranged in alternate opposite format.

Kalanchoe have this same kind of set up, although this plant looks too pale green for that option.

Carpobrotus have leaves that look similar to this, as do Delosperma.

Give it a few years, and if it's thriving it will show more of the true characteristics.

For care, it looks like it's okay, but these plants really do need bright light, especially in the winter - natural window light really isn't enough, because the daylength is just too short. They need twelve hours of light - they grow closer to the equator, so that's an absolute requirement - not longer hours of daylight.

Hope that helps.

Oct 27, 2014
by: Michelle

Thanks for the info! I'll check out the links and wait it out. As for the light, would you suggest I keep it outside in the winter then, if window light isn't enough?

Oct 28, 2014
Light Requirements
by: Jacki

You're in Florida, right? If you never get a frost, yes, you can keep it outdoors, but if it's very rainy and wet, put it under an overhang (glass table, maybe?) and keep it dry. Your other option is a grow light.

Oct 29, 2014
by: Michelle

No, I live in Canada, BC. The weather can get to around -10 in the winter, so I'm assuming that's not good.

Oct 29, 2014
by: Jacki

Sorry, I didn't know you were in BC (me too!). In that case, you may want to sign up for the e-course I offer (free) which has lots of tips on keeping your plants going through the winter if you can't keep them outdoors. It's here; Winterizing Succulents E-Course.

Oct 30, 2014
by: Michelle

Thanks, I'll make sure to check that out.

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