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by WidowMaker on March 30, 2006 10:05 PM
I got these two plants in August at Walmart. I have no idea what they are. They made it thru the winter just fine. I was so proud. But now the one is going goofy. As you can see from the one pic the lower leaves are shriveling up and the stem is hard. I have no idea what these are so I couldn't Google. If anyone would help I would appreciate it.
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by obywan59 on March 30, 2006 10:32 PM
They both look like Crassula to me. The one on the left looks like Propeller Plant--Crassula falcata, and the one on the right is Necklace Vine--Crassula perforata

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by WidowMaker on March 30, 2006 11:53 PM
Thank you The one is a Necklace plant. The top of one of the other ones came off when I replanted it and is doing well.
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Does anyone know what I am doing wrong with the main plant? I lost my little Aloe plant I had in with it. I would like to save this one if possible.

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by WidowMaker on March 30, 2006 11:55 PM
by Amy R. on March 31, 2006 09:43 AM
How are you caring for them, i.e., water, sunlight, temperature, fertilizer, etc.?
by WidowMaker on March 31, 2006 11:13 AM
I water them about once a week. No fertilizer, 65-70 degrees. There are six windows in all. The two windows in the picture I open the blinds and get early morning sun. The door gets late afternoon sun. There's not a single window in the whole house that gets real good sunlight. This frustrates me to no end. But it's my parents house so I can't do anything about it. Here's a pic of the room.
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by WidowMaker on March 31, 2006 11:17 AM
by Amy R. on April 01, 2006 07:41 AM
Well everything sounds ideal except for the lighting (great pic, btw) but even then, I've seen succulents go for years in less than ideal conditions. I think it's time to call in the Big Boy! (Summoning Will Creed!)
by Will Creed on April 01, 2006 08:06 AM
Hi Widow,

Your Crassulas are suffering from poor light, as Amy suggested, but also from a pot that is way too big. With a pot that large and so much soil, I suspect the roots may be slowly rotting. Time to uproot very carefully and check the roots and if there are any healthy ones, then repot into the smallest pot you can find.

I know a lot of folks are confused about repotting and inappropriate pot size for plants. It is the single most common cause of plant problems. I have recently completely an article on this topic that explains it all in excruciating detail. You won't find this information anywhere else. If anyone wants a copy, send a request to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
by WidowMaker on April 01, 2006 01:29 PM
Ya'll are such a big help. It looks like I'll be making a Wally World run tomorrow. I don't have anything on hand that's any smaller. You think I should get a plant light for them? I really like them. Besides my "Lucky Bamboo" these are the longest I've had anything live. If I can manage to keep these I plan on making a terrairium(sp) for my tarantula.

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by WidowMaker on April 01, 2006 01:31 PM
I'm assuming the smaller pot is also appropriate for cacti too?

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