Why are leaves falling off my succulents?

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Why are leaves falling off my succulents?
Succulents thrive in sandy, well-drained soil. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Succulents are hardy perennial plants that have the ability to store moisture in their leaves, stems or underground roots, tubers, bulbs or rhizomes. Sun-loving succulents are ideal plants, requiring very little care or maintenance. By providing a few basic requirements, succulents are easy to grow and will remain happy and healthy for many years.

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Light requirements

Succulents require bright light. Most varieties do best in full sunshine in an outdoor location. If they are not in full sun, bright filtered light is required. When succulents do not receive sufficient light, leaves may turn yellow or fall from the plant. Succulents grown indoors do best when placed in a south-facing window.

Why are leaves falling off my succulents?
Cacti require a dry location in full sun. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Drainage

Sedums, cactus and other succulents require very little water. Allow the roots to dry out completely between watering. Roots that are constantly wet will rot and can result in the death of the plant. Over watering is evidenced by dropping leaves and stems or yellowed or discoloured leaves.

Why are leaves falling off my succulents?
Succulents develop their best leaf colour when grown in full sun. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Soil

Sedum, cactus and other succulents require light, porous soil to survive. They cannot flourish in compacted clay or densely packed potting soil. Their roots need to breathe. Poor, slow-draining soil will cause leaves to drop or turn yellow and may lead to the death of the plant.

Growing temperature

Avoid placing indoor growing succulents in areas where they are subject to either hot or cold drafts. Keep them away from radiators, heating vents or locations where they receive a cold draft from doors, windows or air-conditioners. Dramatic fluctuations in temperature will cause leaves to drop or discolour.

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