Increasing the sun exposure for your succulents is the most common form of stressing succulents. This one comes in a 6” pot and can grow several feet high, though it is slow-growing compared to other plants. There certainly are some succulents that can grow in your climate, and more if you provide them with some protection from sunburn, like shade cloth. But are stress and the biological responses to it always a sign of strained health? The leaves had a pinky red edge around the green. This plant is grown in the same location and shows the color changes that occur with the seasonal changes in lighting. will they adapt naturally to this change of weather? It fits perfectly well in small containers and doesn’t do well in cold and frost. Because life is just better with succulents! A grow light is a good way to boost the light your succulents get indoors. Well, of course, my misplaced kindness resulted in a lot of dead plants. I do my best by letting the soil stay dry (sometimes out of forgetfulness) and put them out in the sun once it’s warm enough to do so. 12 posts • Page 1 of 1. keithp2012 Posts: 271 Joined: Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:26 pm. It sounds like the succulents you chose (or at least 1 of them) need a lot more light than they can get indoors. Send it to me at Kat@TheSucculentEclectic.com 8/17/20 / By . You’ll also notice more variegation and hints of yellow in the full sun plant. ~Kat. ~Kat. I hadn’t realized that I was forcing them to live in an environment they were not suited for. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; Thanks. When we give them the conditions we would enjoy more, that is when they truly suffer. There aren’t many succulents that have such dark shaded foliage. As discussed in detail in last week’s post, physical stress can be understood as any change in optimal conditions that requires a physical response from a living being. https://twitter.com/NoRiffRaff24. It doesn’t mean they aren’t healthy though. lol It is interesting. Awesome!!! Thanks for everything and once again, keep it up! Now it just needs some time to aclimmate to it, and yes, definitely it's nutrient deficient. Chroma. The Sempervivum ‘Jowan’ above demonstrates just how colorful a change of seasons can be for cold-hardy succulents. Is there anyway to thicken it up so it does not turn into what looks like a bean pole. Or, why not join my new Facebook group for succulent-lovers? My very first plant was introduced to my garden exactly when the first case of Covid appeared here, i.e. I live in sunny Malta and Im relatively new to this amazing world of succulents. amzn_assoc_linkid = "40eb9b1b902672facc05ebe8418de5ef"; This is because green succulents can tolerate more shade without losing their color. If you are in a place indoors, that does not have a windowsill or a-lot of sunlight, it is best to purchase a green succulent. An easy-does-it approach is always important when you choose to deliberately invite stress, whether for yourself, your kids or your succulents. 02-oct-2013 - Dye your succulents with food coloring! The very stress I wanted to “save” them from was necessary to their survival and thriving. This is where they belong! Last week, I took an in-depth look at how and why stress causes succulents to change color. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; Maybe I just need to keep reading your articles, but any advise would be appreciated. last March. The neighbor’s dog jumps the fence and knocks the potted plant off the shelf. Let’s look at how to stress succulents without harming them. Then, on Thursday, leave it in the sun for an hour, and so on. Create a Succulent Color Wheel in a Pot - Duration: 3:40. Many succulents, including Jade, need bright sunlight all day in order to maintain their bright colors. But if you’re using regular potting soil or one with too much peat or other organic ingredients, it would be best to protect them from getting too much water. Are your euphorbia firesticks getting a lot of sun? Illness, injury and emergencies happen, distracting you. The ideal temperature for most succulents is somewhere around 70 degrees fahrenheit. Losing/Changing Color. Here are a few ways to keep your succulents looking vibrant and bright all year: Light. 1,241 other succulent lovers also enjoyed this article in the last 30 days. Some of the links on this page may be affiliate links, meaning we receive a commission if you make a purchase through these links. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Thanks! Wayne County Michigan. Will they survive in hail?? You are describing exactly what happens when a sun-loving succulent is not getting enough light – they stretch! Generally succulents are very colorful when newly purchased as well. If you see this, give your plant an extra week or so before increasing the sun exposure again. Or should I prepare a shady canvas / plastic for cruel weather?? I’m going to include a link on my site as I don’t know if I could put a photo on here (I just found you and signed up). ~Kat. It truly is kinder to give the conditions they will thrive in. But don't let your love of the plants misguide you into trying to spare them from any and all forms of stress. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! And welcome to the adventures in succulent gardening! Now you know how to make succulents change color! Succulents are plants that have adapted to extreme drought conditions by storing water in juicy leaves, stems and roots. Hope to see mine change for it is so green right now. As you begin stressing your succulents for color changes, try just one approach at a time. You give your new plant the best care but the color turned yellow and the leaves started to fall off… I know how hard it is to watch a dying plant. We’ll show you how. amzn_assoc_asins = "B072YBKBV5,B0030UQLIM,B078XHHVKZ,B0795WRC3Q,B00H302Z3K,B01D88DLB0"; How to make succulents change color while remaining healthy and happy is all about slowly introducing stress. The Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ above is thriving in different amounts of sunlight. amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; In two weeks since I put them in the dish garden Some of them are much more likely to grow well for you than others. Keep me posted on their progress! Continue this pattern over time, with an extra day of dry soil between waterings. However, over time the colors often fade or change. https://thesucculenteclectic.com/how-to-make-succulents-change-color It’s more than possible to overwater a succulent, as they do prefer dry climates. That is a brutal summer climate! I am 74 like to work with succulents because they easy to take care of after I read you post. Picking the Right Pot . Another way to “stress” succulents into changing color is cold weather. Many succulents grow beautifully in hanging planters. You can cut back the long stem and re-root it to a shorter plant. Succulents have adapted for millennia to conditions with too much heat and not enough water for other plants. It will help you to best meet their needs in a changing environment. When it was getting plenty of water in a cool (but not cold) environment, it stayed a deep green color. It will also protect from hail, and while rain will get through, most of the rain runs off, so the succulents typically don’t get soaked. I live in Florida so Many thanks in advance for your quick response and thank you so much for sharing of all your knowledge. These are pigments that protect the plant from damage due to changes in lighting, water and temperature, while producing vibrant color changes, as shown in this Aeonium ‘Sunburst’. This is important to understand to provide the best care for your plants. If your firesticks are in a lot of shade, make changes to more light very gradually, so they do not burn. It really won’t be enough light to cause your plants to change color. If your succulent is only losing the occasional leaf near the bottom of its stem, there is actually probably no reason to worry. I’m wondering if you know anything about the agave on the right. Please do send me an email with your photos to Kat [at] The Succulent Eclectic [dot] com This Aloe was one of the most colorful succulents I saw while I was down there. To bring out the best color in your succulent, increase the amount of light it receives. I will keep reading them so we can be eat, drink & learning something new about my plants. Succulents need a good amount of light, especially as they are naturally adapted to habitats with lots of sun all year long. your own Pins on Pinterest If you know a succulent could be a different color than green, try letting the soil dry out for a little longer than normal and see what happens! Generally speaking, succulents need about 5-6 hours of sunlight a day to thrive. Just to be clear, your plant is still very healthy. Succulents love sunlight. Interestingly, perfectly watered succulents often revert to a green color. Emilia’s style is cute, and the designs range from simpler images with larger spaces to very intricately-patterned designs. Keep it up. 20. I made a succulent dish garden and have it in front of a glass siding door facing north. Excellent! This can happen if the plant is exposed to unfiltered full sun or if the plant is recently moved to … they have grown about 2 inches and are already sending out tall shoots in the middle of the plant. 3 Responses. Succulent Leaves Changing Color? In my experience, many end up turning green after a few months. While I do all I can to give my succulents plenty of sunlight it seems indoors there just isn’t enough to keep them bright and colorful all year. amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; Think of it as the difference between “stretch” and “strain”. BUT! No one going from an entirely sedentary existence could walk, let alone run even a single mile without risking real injury. Hi Josie, If your head is spinning about whether to water more or less, just know that it’s pretty hard to kill a succulent. Respectfully, Some varieties are green in ideal conditions and remain green no matter what. . ~Kat. amzn_assoc_asins = "B00GA9YIHG,B00H302Z3K,B01D88DLB0,B01G7MDNP8,B06X3SWDNW,B073Z5JFSZ,B06XP36YCM"; I continue to love your articles; in fact, I have recommended your website to two more people just today so think I am your latest fan! The red tips are so much brighter and thicker on the side of the plant in full sun. Hi Josephine, ~Kat. Both Echeveria ‘Black Prince‘ above are quite healthy. They will open and lie flat again come fall and winter. I had no idea as to the coloring and that it can change. It just won’t be bright enough or warm enough to cause the kind of stress than makes succulents more colorful. I’m working on hanging my elephant food plant. My thanks to Mountain Crest Gardens for the use of their sempervivum Purple Passion photos! Same idea. I found this to be especially true with my “Gollum Jade“. Cactus losing green color. Most color changes in succulents are fairly normal and are a response to either excessive cold, heat, sun, nutrient deficiency or drought. This is very normal and can be caused by a few different things. Heat waves, droughts, cold spells happen in the garden. While the human body is certainly capable of running more than 26 miles to complete a marathon, it requires a gradual and steady application of stress to achieve. If you allow your succulents to experience too much stress too quickly, it will be damaging to them. Although I find it very very hard to not water them. New to this site and to succulents. If this is not possible, and if the only option is lots of sun or lots of shade, then yes. Thanks so much for the opportunity to clarify this! Hi Marcy, You don’t pay any extra but the commissions help us provide free information on the website. Rather than increase the sun exposure and restrict the water — choose just one approach. Thanks SO much, Elaine! You are stretching the succulent’s ability to tolerate drought. Will this make my succulents change colors? You can see the results with the Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ in the top two shots above. Hi Annie, Portulacaria afra “elephant food” is one of my very favorite succulents! A variant? ~Kat. ~Kat, I’ve got a 50 watt LED grow lamp that gives off both red and blue to make a purple hue. It’s the perfect protection against sunburn, while letting enough light throuigh for the best coloring for your succulents. Lightning, temperature and humidity conditions can also affect the color of the leaves and overall, the shape the plant is in. Excercise is good, too. amzn_assoc_linkid = "eff25e025b4933618b12d662eeaa731f"; I visited San Diego over the winter and noticed that the Euphorbia ‘Sticks on Fire’ were especially orange and vibrant and the Senecio mandraliscae were a very deep blue. But here’s the thing… What you would want or what I would want is not what they want. Find Out What That Means; 5 Safest Fertilizers For Succulents/Organic Fertilizes Reviews; 5 Amazing Tips on Saving Dying Succulents ; Overwatering your succulents @momsgarden_la Will too Much Fertilizer Hurt My Succulents? They even change colors at different times of the year Sempervivum succulents (also known as “hens and chicks”) are quickly becoming one of my favorite succulent genera. Like most succulents, Elephant Bush doesn’t respond well to sudden changes in growing conditions. The Kalanchoe luciae ‘Flapjacks’ above demonstrates the color changes caused by changing sun exposure due to changing seasons. If you put too much fertilizer on your succulent, it could actually have the opposite effect and stunt its growth! Before you decide to stress a succulent to make it more colorful, be certain to choose a variety that develops color in response to stress! I thought the bright light would be enough, apparently not. Even if they’re stretched, under-watered and losing color, you can still save them! but now that Winter is fast approaching, Im starting to get very worried on those rare days when we get lots of rain and possibly hailstorms…. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; They’re the only plants I keep alive.” We hear it every day. I truly appreciate the support! Stress is one thing, damage is another. If not, I will still enjoy this beautiful plant. Your Echeveria is stretching, reaching for more light. For summer I have 1 pole LED Grow light, 3 backlit LEDs on the wall, an Aquaphonic grow light above. Nearby plants grow and cast new shade. For temperature stress, never – ever – risk exposing tender succulents to freezing. Watering issues are the most common reason for succulents turning brown. ~Kat. ~Kat, Hi. Carefully reading and trying to learn as much as I possible can since I plan to use these on my SW patio. What Do White Fuzzy Spots Mean? Although we usually think of “stress” as something very negative and to be prevented, physical stress is much broader than that. Wonderful and interesting post. While you can induce your plants to develop more vivid coloring, you’ll never get one to grow like the one in the image you sent. We have members from all around the world, and many of us are ditching the bad news and stress of 2020 to play with our succulents! You can read more about this here: https://thesucculenteclectic.com///etiolated-succulent-growing-tall/ They will continue to grow and reproduce, but unless they get more sunlight they will stay green. As the temperatures drop (but stay above 40 degrees) you’ll notice many colors will start to intensify. Is there an outdoor area available for your succulents during spring and summer, where they could get more light? New leaves will also tend to grow smaller in size. Loreta, Hi Loretta, We’ll show you how. Also, are their any of my plants that should not be hung? Succulents such as Sedum nussbaumerianum need bright sunlight all day in order to maintain their bright colors. amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; Consistently reaching to the point where you feel the stretch makes you more limber over time. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; My question is, if there is a rainstorm should I cover or take down hanging succulents and potted plants to protect them from a day of rain? Sempervivum succulents are a great option when you’re looking for colorful, cold-hardy succulents. Nights in the 40’s and days in the 50s will yield brilliant results in many tender varieties. Click here to add your own comments. When mature the succulent produces small orange blooms from tall stalks. Another good indicator is a plant that already shows a bit of contrasting color on the margins and tips of the leaves. Now the red is almost gone. Thank you so much! As an inside succulent grower on a tree tunneled lane, I am faced with my studio dark in the summer, and bright in the winter when the leaves fall. Any information about getting this would be helpful. Otherwise, I am certain this is a schedule that will keep them healthy and happy! It’s all stress. These are changes you can cause or influence, to result in more colorful succulents. To get and maintain brilliant coloring in succulents, it almost always takes a great deal of light. I love the way you share your life and love and joy with your plants. Just remember that when it comes to succulents, too much of a good thing can be trouble. Echeveria Dusty Rose is a hybrid Echeveria that produces powdery/dusty violet leaves that form beautiful rosettes. It’s a great group of people and we’re all eager to help others! Note: I photographed the weakling next to a thriving succulent in the house, one which appears to be dropping a leaf; this is the more common succulent death I’m familiar with, but every leaf had fallen from the baby succulent green as could be. Too much watering or too little watering can all affect the health of your echeveria. Luckily enough, my small garden seems to be quite welcoming to them, because I have both shady and also very sunny areas …. And when any of these changes suddenly occur, perfectly protected plants will not fare as well as those that have experienced and overcome stress in small, manageable doses. It is a good thing to be able to survive and even thrive when conditions are less than perfect! Life happens. But I would urge you to wait for the cooler temps of fall before planting them outside, so they have months to become established and acclimated before they have to deal with your summer heat. I particularly like to use shade cloth outdoors for my succulents. You just made my day! I only recommend products and companies that I have worked with and truly love! We have over 60 varieties featured with more added each week! Please let me know if you have any questions! Keep an eye on them, and make sure they are not demonstrating an aversion to the sun exposure before increasing it again. Shade trees fall, letting in direct sun. Understanding the causes behind succulents changing color will help you to take better care of them. Grow lights are excellent for maintaining a succulent’s health, but the amount of artificial light to develop and maintain the beautiful colors can be extraordinary. Thanks! As long as it retains its shape, increase the sun exposure every third day. In small or manageable doses, it can even be beneficial, like exercise, or vitamin D intake from sunshine. I have been rotating the dish 1/4 of a turn every day. Please let me know if you have any other questions! Small amounts good, overfeeding bad. I have mine growing in full sun so I’ll try the water stress thing. I’m always a little envious of the colorful succulents I see in southern California gardens! The Sempervivum Purple Passion above shows color changes due to both temperature and sun exposure shifts. I don’t know about stressing for beautiful babies! amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; But you don’t want your plants to run a marathon, right? It can also cause … Still, the colors have mostly gone all green on my succulents. Years and years ago, when I first started gardening, I was so excited! But then again, we also hear, “I hate succulents. This very slow and gradual approach to stressing your plants will result in more colorful succulents that are not just healthy, but more fit to survive. I just bought an agave Americana mediopicta alba … the Century plant. Changing seasons naturally changes the lighting, and does so slowly and gradually. That’s why I wrote a blog post about Succulent Scams – take a look: https://thesucculenteclectic.com/beware-succulent-scams/. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "succulentecle-20"; Between the extra time and attention this requires, and the serious risk of sunburn if something prevents you from moving it back again, I would urge that you get some shade cloth to make the lighting for your succulents more flexible. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; I want to learn more keep up the good work. Please do not waste your money trying to find a plant that will grow like that! No. I currently have it about 8 inches above my plants. But again – too much, too soon and you are risking serious injury. In more sun, the plant is responding both by producing more anthocyanin as well as creating more shade for each leaf by partially closing. ~Kat, I am new to your blog and spent a better part of the weekend reading your posts which I thoroughly enjoyed. 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