Why Is My Succulent Turning Black

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Welcome to this article that will be talking about what is happening when a succulent plant is starting to turn black in the color.

When this happens you will want to act quickly as something bad is happening to the plant right now. The most common cause for this to happen is too much water in the soil

In this article, we will be discussing further the topic of properly watering a succulent plant and what you will want to consider.

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Why Is My Succulent Turning Black

Just like we talked about at the beginning of this article, the most common reason for a succulent plant to turn black in color is an excess of water in the soil.

As the roots of the plant take up the water in the soil and turn that into energy for the plant to continue growing, when they get too much they can’t utilize it all.

Then the excess water is left in the soil and creates a very bad environment for the roots and the whole plant to grow in. This can be mitigated if there is a good drainage system in place for the water. That could be a small hole in the bottom of the pot where this water can escape.

Even though it might not always be fitting to have a pot in the house with a small hole in the bottom, it can prove to be vital for the survival of the plant. 

Once there is a large amount of water caught up in the soil then the roots will start to rot. This can happen rather quickly and if the soil is kept this way then the plant can die within a few weeks.

What you can do once this happens is place the pot with the succulent in a spot where the sun shines a lot. This will hopefully make the soil dry up quicker and maybe it can end up saving the succulent plant.

Have you just repotted a succulent plant and you want to know when you can start watering it again? In this article right here we will dive deeper into this topic and hopefully give some useful tips and tricks, When To Water Succulent After Repotting.

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The Succulent Turned Black Overnight

If your succulent plant turned black overnight then it might not have a very long time left to live. This is unfortunate and the cause for this to happen is often because of too much water in the soil.

That can quickly turn the roots of the plant to start and rot. A process that will kill the entire plant as they are the spine and provide for what is growing above the surface.

Depending on the severity of the plant after you see it turning black you might want to place it outside in the sun where the soil can dry up quickly and hopefully get rid of enough water to save the root system.

If you are certain that you haven’t watered the soil too much then the cause could also be because of nonnutritious soil. That is something that can be fixed by using fertilizer on the soil about 3 – 4 times a year. This helps provide beneficial bacteria for the soil and boosts the health of the succulent plant.

If your succulent plant is starting to shrivel up and you want to help it get back on track then we have an article talking about just that. Find it here, Why Is My Succulent Shriveling?

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Discolored Succulent Leaves

A succulent plant with discolored leaves can be caused by a number of reasons. Some of the most common are that the plant does not have enough nutrients in the soil and therefore can’t grow as it should.

To fix that you can use a fertilizer the next time you water the soil. This will hopefully bring back the succulent plant to life and make it grow in the same beautiful color as it once did.

A sunburnt succulent plant is also possible and then there is not a whole lot you can do except for placing it in a spot where it gets more shade during the day. Hopefully, it can start to regenerate and start healing the burnt areas.

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