8 Reasons Why Succulent Leaves Are Turning Brown

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The most common reason for brown leaves is an overwatered succulent. Succulents are adapted to dry climates with little water. Make sure that your pot has drainage holes.

Excess water

1

Poor soil can give too little or too much water. Remove the old soil and give your succulent a fresh potting mix.

Poor potting soil

2

Another common mistake by succulent owners is that succulents can go by without water for long periods of time. Give them enough water only when the soil feels crumbly.

Underwatered succulents

3

Fungal infections like brown spots and black spots can cause patches of moldy-looking tissue. Apply a copper-based fungicide or cooled cinnamon tea.

Fungal diseases

4

The signs of sun damage are discolored patches, even on new leaves. Avoid direct sunlight and trim off brown leaf tips, dead leaves, and yellow leaves.

Too much sunlight

5

Succulent leaves, especially the lower leaves, will turn brown and curl inwards. Move your succulent plants to a brighter location with enough sunlight.

Not enough light

6

Chilling or long exposure to hot conditions can cause succulent plants to enter dormancy. Water them with lukewarm water and avoid giving them too much fertilizer.

Temperature shock

7

Root aphids, mealybugs, and scale beetles cause brown succulent leaves. Apply them immediately with neem oil solution!

Pest Infestation

8

While you can't always see your beloved plants, the good news is there's a general rule you can follow: Use well-draining soil and water less often to prevent root rot. Place them in a spot with bright, indirect light.

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