Succulents turn red because of extreme conditions such as sun exposure, extreme temperatures, under-watering, inadequate nutrition and poor soil. Basically, succulents change colors when they are under stress. That change in color is an adaptive response to the changes in the environment.
Simply so, how do you tell if a succulent is overwatered?
The best way to tell whether your succulent is being over or underwatered is by the appearance of the leaves. An underwatered plant will have wrinkly, shriveled up leaves whereas an overwatered plant will have soft, mushy, almost translucent leaves.
Keeping this in view, what is my purple succulent called?
Echeveria ‘Dusty Rose’ is one of the purple succulents that form fast-growing rosettes of wide, powdery violet leaves. The beautiful color of these succulents only gets better with more sunlight! It offsets freely to form clusters up to 8 inches (20cm) in diameter. The flowers are orange in color.
Why is my succulent purple?
Succulents turning purple or changing colors can be natural or due to stress. If your succulents turn purple or red due to stress, then it can be due to sudden temperature changes, too much heat or light, lack of feed and water. Succulents turn purple or red due to pigments called anthocyanin and carotenoids.
Turning purple or brown is a symbol of stress for many cacti and succulents. This can be caused by too high temperatures, prolonged exposure to the light, too little water provided or even very regular repotting or mixtures.
Dig the succulent out of the soil and remove excess soil stuck to the roots, cut off any brown/black roots as these are rotten already. Leave the plant on a mesh or any kind of strainer till the roots have air dried from anywhere two to three days. When the roots are dry completely, plant them back in the pot.
Lack of sunlight
- Lower or bottom leaves will start to arch and point downwards, instead of upward as light deprivation continues.
- Succulent with round leaves like String of Pearls will show sign of elongated leaves and spaced a bit further apart than normal.
Succulents love direct sun, but if yours is sitting in the same exact spot day after day, it’s likely that only one side is getting enough light. … Succulents will lean towards the sun, so rotating them will help them stand up straight. (Leaning may also be a sign that they need to be in a sunnier spot.)
Just as succulents stretch out from not getting enough light, they may also lose their vibrant colors. … When grown in the shade or in areas that don’t get bright light all day, such as indoors, they will slowly fade to green. It doesn’t mean they aren’t healthy though.
Since watering is the usual cause for their decay, you should determine if the plant has been over or under watered. If the stem is mushy or rotting, it’s probably overwatered. If the leaves are puckered, the plant needs more water. Don’t worry if there are dry, dying leaves at the base.
And though most succulents can seal off damaged parts, it is always good to quickly remove broken, diseased, or dead leaves, stems and flower stalks. … Because new growth typically sprouts near the end of cut ends, simply prune stems to where you want new growth to emerge.