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Adromischus cooperii is dying


Question: Adromischus cooperii is dying


My purple succulent plant about 5 months old, it doesn't grow even a little and loses leaves! That's why I give him more water than usual! But nothing I put in the sun, I do not know has not yet taken effect, I do not know what to do! You can help me? Thanks

Answer: Adromischus cooperii is dying


Dear Paula,
the Adromischus they are succulent plants native to South Africa, of small dimensions and slow development, even if they tend to produce new leaves in spring; if in autumn and winter your plant does not develop new fleshy leaves, we are faced with a completely natural behavior: many succulents have a mainly spring development, and although they are to be considered evergreen, it is not unusual that in autumn and winter, when the days are short, the plants are in a sort the vegetative rest period. So if your plant seems motionless from October until March, you don't have to worry about it in any way, it's just waiting for spring. Surely then, it is not really the case to water the succulents during the autumn and winter months, because if the plant is in vegetative rest, the water that you supply will go only to damage the roots, and to favor the development of radical rots. The Adromischus they love very sunny positions, so even at home we will look for an area well lit by direct sunlight, but avoiding the windowsills, especially when we open the windows often, because the blows of air can also be fatal to these plants, which do not bear temperatures lower than zero; if you live in an area with mild winters, you can keep your plant even on the terrace, in the sun, but where it does not receive the rain water, because in the cold months the adromischus soil must always remain dry. So if your plant is suffering so much, perhaps it is an excess of watering, or a bad climate; I suggest you take some of the most fleshy and healthy leaves, and remove them from the plant; let them dry on a bed made of sand and universal soil, and place in a very bright place; within a few weeks the leaves will produce small roots, and will give life to a new plant, with which you will be able to start again; your "new" plant will need a lot of sun, and watering only in the months from April to September, and to be provided only and exclusively when the ground is completely dry. If possible, in spring, move the plant outdoors, in the garden or on the terrace. In the vegetative period you can also supply a fertilizer, specific for succulent plants, about once a month.