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Why do succulents lose color

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Why do succulents lose color

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Succulents are plants with a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and unusual features, which is why a lot of experts and newbie gardeners can't get enough of them and keep on getting more. Furthermore, they also offer different colors that range from white to nearly anything. 


But have you ever wondered why some slowly fade their bright color or revert to a plain green color after a few weeks, especially with newly bought ones?


Keep reading to learn why this usually happens, as well as how to prevent it.



OVER AND UNDER SUNLIGHT EXPOSURE

Too much and too little sunlight exposure does not only result in an etiolated succulent or sunburn damage. This can also lead your precious plants to slowly lose their color and revert to pale green over time.

OVER AND UNDER SUNLIGHT EXPOSURE
Over and under sunlight exposure can lead succulents to lose their color

 

So if you see that yours are starting to experience color loss, all you have to do is to make some gradual changes with their light exposure while watching out for signs of too much and too little at the same time to prevent damaging them.


For starters, place your succulent in a bright shaded spot for at least a week, then relocate them where they can get about 4 hours of morning sunlight for another 4 to 7 days. Now, depending on how your succulents reacted, slowly transfer them to an area with more or lesser sunlight. Click here to understand more about different light levels.



PERFECT WATERING

Watering also plays a major role as to why a succulent starts to lose its color. Ironically, a perfectly watered succulent will often fade its color and eventually return to a plain green. So as soon as you notice your succulent start to lose its vibrant tips or foliage, you need to give it a bit of stress by cutting back with your watering routine.

PERFECT WATERING
Perfect watering can cause color loss in succulent
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For instance, if watering once a week makes your succulents slowly start to lose their vibrant look, then consider changing it to at least once every 2 weeks.


However, keep in mind that an extended period of drought can also lead to their death. So remember to keep an eye on your succulents so you won't end up with a dying plant.

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