Informational Forum forum: Brown Leaves - Too Wet or Too Dry ?

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Aug 24, 2015 4:31 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
It's not uncommon to see brown leaves around the edges of sempervivum plants, especially in high temps. Generally there are two kinds of brown leaves.

If the leaves are plump and brown and feel mushy to the touch it usually means the leaves are rotting. If it's just a leaf or two just pull them off. If quite a few leaves are rotting I would remove the plant from the potting mix, remove the rotting leaves, let them dry out for a few days and replant. Make sure your potting mix has good drainage and also putting a top dressing on the soil mix helps.
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If the leaves are brown and crispy they've probably been in too much sun. During the hottest part of the summer that can happen easily. Again, those crispy leaves can just be pulled off and they'll recover fine. Sometimes I will cover my plants with shade cloth or a light weed barrier cloth to protect them from too much sun exposure.
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