Succulent Plants
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Dying plant problem

Zone Nixa, Mo | Anonymous added on June 5, 2018 | Answered

I got a house plant for my mom on mothers day and now it's dying. It says that it's a Sempervivum Generic Mixed plant and it's in a Chick Jar. I've moved it to a more sunny place and it sits in the sun all day. I haven't watered it much but it doesn't seem dry at all, the soil is moist to the touch. I did start to take the dead leaves off and came across some bugs. they are everywhere and so tiny. I have no idea what they are but could they be what's killing my moms plant?

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drtreelove
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Answered on June 6, 2018

Over watering or a soil that doesn't drain and dry out adequately is the most common reason for the type of disorder the photo shows. It's hard to know what soil was used, but if it's staying wet and you aren't over-watering, you may need to re-pot the plant with a "succulent" blend soil, available at most nurseries.
The presence of "bugs" may be an aphid infestation, which could be a primary factor for the die-back, or secondary issued due to the stress from the over-wet conditions. Ask for a least toxic botanical insecticide at the nursery.
Some nurseries will help you with assessment and re-potting if you take the plant in for inspection.

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