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Why are my succulent leaves dropping?

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Why are my succulent leaves dropping?


We all know that succulents are low maintenance and make for a sturdy houseplant, and succulent care is easy once you learn the proper way. Plus, they are really cute, making them look great on either a sunny windowsill or side table. So it is kind of disappointing seeing them slowly lose their leaves and cannot even tell what you might be doing wrong.

Luckily, there are just a few tricks that you need to be aware of to easily identify the problem and save your succulents to continue giving them a long and happy life!

What causes Leaf Loss?

Unlike any other houseplants, succulents are very easy to nurse back to health. You just first need to be able to diagnose the root cause of the issue, so you'll be able to correct it.

So what exactly causes succulent to drop leaves? There are actually a few reasons why, but the most common ones that you will mostly encounter are related to your watering routine, light exposure, its surrounding temperature, and as well as how much you are feeding them. And all can easily be diagnosed by taking a good look at what their leaves look like before they drop.

So take a close look at your succulent leaves and compare them with the list below.

  • Lack of Light Exposure

  • Light deprivation also has its own effect on your succulents' overall well-being. Compared to the overexposed ones, succulents that are grown under low light conditions for long periods of time will either lead to stretch out or grow sideways in search of light or even trigger them into dropping leaves.


    Good thing there's an easy fix for this! Just allow your succulents to slowly acclimate to an area where they can get stronger or brighter sunlight. Doing this will not only ensure that your succulents will get all the light they need per day but also prevent them from getting burned or sunspots due to a sudden change in their environment.

    For starters, give your succulent about an hour of exposure first or morning sunlight, and once your plant has fully adjusted to its new spot, it should stop dropping leaves. You can also consider using a grow light to supplement your succulent’s light requirements per day to prevent any issues and to keep them happy.

    Although these fixes can't undo some of the damages that happened to your plant to make it look as compact as before, you can, however, propagate the leaves that were dropped by your plant to grow new ones.


  • Overwatered

  • Watering is also one of the vital ways of growing healthy succulents, but you need to know the proper way in doing it to make sure that you are not giving them more than what they could handle. This can be achieved by giving them a good soak of water once every week or two or when their soil feels completely dry to the touch before in between waterings.

    To give you a clearer idea, aside from leaf loss, you'll know that you are already drowning your succulent if its leaves start to feel mushy, soggy when touched, and looks lighter in color or turn translucent compared to a healthy one. In other words, your plant will generally look "sick" in appearance.

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