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[–] SilkySquid [OP] 6 points (+6|-0) Edited

This is dragon's blood stonecrop in a tiny (3" diameter) pot with drainage. It sits in a sunny window (kind of southeast facing) in a house heated to 72F and no higher. It has a fast-draining soil mix and doesn't seem waterlogged. At one point I watered it once a week for a while, then thought it was overwatered and switched to every other week (or less) but regardless it has continued its very slow decline (and let me make it clear: this decline is sloooooww... it's looked like this for some time). The soil always seems dry.

I've had it for a year, and when it started out (in a little 2" seedling pot when I bought it), it looked like all the beautiful pictures you'll see if you do an image search for dragon's blood stonecrop. When I repotted it, it lost almost everything initially (presumably due to lack of moisture) but came back with some green shoots and all growth you see has been since the repotting (no original parts above soil remain). It's still making little green shoots, but don't worry... they'll start to suck too if they stay around long enough.

So, poll... why is this plant so extremely mediocre?

A - pot too small

B - it drank unicorn blood and now lives but a half life, a cursed life

C - overwatered

D - underwatered

E - temperature

F - fertilization (needs more or less)

G - lighting

H - other

[–] Nasrin 3 points (+4|-1)

Okay first off your plant does not suck even though it's a succulent (ha ha)!

Personally i think it's a mix of soil and water, succulents get really leggy (less leaves / protuberances) with irregular water cycles. Your plant looks leggy, the ends are lovely and happy.

I would suggest gently removing it from the pot and going with fine coir, small pearlite, and a tiny amount of good fertilized soil like black gold. This will let it drain quickly but absorb what it needs. You show no signs of light issues or over watering.

Your plant is lovely, some of the best plants have a crazed appearance that belies their life cycle. With such a small pot (based on your last post and this picture) you may be underwatering. Leaf loss on a succulent or lack of new leaf growth can be a sign of underwatering. You have no yellowing, vrownibg, or mush.

If it were my plant I'd such the soil, water thoroughly, let it breathe a week or two and gently adjust my care to see what sparks growth.

Ps: B

[–] SilkySquid [OP] 3 points (+3|-0) Edited

Okay, thanks! :) I'll try the slightly slower-draining soil. I have nothing left to lose with this plant, IMO. If you think this looks lovely, you should have seen it when I bought it... so full and bushy with large deep red leaves. If I can get it to look even a bit like it did before it fell into my hands, I'll post a picture to show it off. :P

[–] onelightbulb 3 points (+3|-0) Edited

Your plant needs more light. Most stonecrops need a lot of direct light. Mine loses its red coloration with any less than 6 hours of direct sun outdoors. I can tell from the large gaps between leaves that the plant is putting energy into growing longer stems to reach an adequate light source. Sedums (like yours) are ground covers, and in the correct conditions should grow low to the ground, spilling and trailing sure but not growing tall like that. If you don't have a good outdoor spot for it to stay permanently, try taking it outside every day or every other day for a sunbath. Start with only 1-2 hours as you can easily sunburn a plant that has grown accustomed to indoor lighting. You may need to water more often after this with direct sun drying the plant out more quickly, but to me this plant does not look under watered. Light is the issue. Good luck!

[–] gold_bee 3 points (+3|-0)

I'd like to vote B - it drank unicorn blood and now lives but a half life, a cursed life but I suspect that Nasrin is correct ;)