Rotting is very commonly seen if you have succulents. Usually, it happens due to high humidity and lack of ventilation. The most typical sign of rotting is when you notice rotten spots initiating on the branches, and is developing to the growing points. Eventually, rotting could expand all the way to the tip of leaves.
Sometimes, the rotting could start at the wounds on the plant. This is caused by fungus infections.
If you notice your succulent is rotting, here are some tips that would help you save a rotting-succulent:
- Sanitize your tool (knife or scissors) first with alcohol to prevent further infection.
- Use the sanitized tool to cut off all rotted sections.
- If the cutting still has some healthy section, let the wound dry first. Then, you can either propagate the leaves or replant the cutting into a new pot.
- If rotting only exists on the top half of the plant, you can crop off the rotting part, and let the rest of it growing in the original pot. You can expect multiple offset growing around the wound in near future.
Rotting usually happens during hot and humid summer. Therefore, placing your plant in a well-ventilated and shady area is the key to prevent rotting. Check on your succulents more often in summer, especially when you feel any softness on the succulent branches, or see any leaves turning black.
ROU also recommends you NOT use potting soil for succulents. Succulent soil should be more porous and has better drainage. You can purchase our pre-mixed succulent potting soil here.