Hello everyone, this is Sheila. And in this video you will learn how to save
a dying succulent, like these guys right here. So, first, let me ask you these questions? Have you had a dying succulent? Maybe one or two or three or four or more? If the answer is yes, then this video is for
you! So, let’s jump in! If you would look at this succulent, there
is no obvious sign of infestation and if you would look at the rest of the succulents in
the pot, these guys are obviously healthy and were not over-watered at all. So, what do you think happened here? Stay until the end of this video to get the
answer. So, for now, Tip Number 1 on how to save a
dying succulent is to learn to spot one. The very first thing that you need to know
is that early detection is the key. Let me show you which succulents look like
they are dying but they’re not. Why is this important? Because when some people would see this…this,
and this, they would start freaking out and would start going crazy with watering, which
only makes things worse. Do you want to know why I know? This was me when I was starting. So, what are the early signs of a dying succulent? A dying succulent would have a darkening base. If you would look at the leaves of the plant,
the upper part looks healthy, but this base here is showing signs of rotting. This is a telltale sign of a dying succulent,
a base that’s constricting with a brown rotting color. Once you have identified the sick succulent,
we will now proceed to step number 2 on how to save a dying succulent, which is to locate
the healthy part of the plant. If you are quick enough, you will still have
healthy parts to recover and these are the leaves and the stem that looks more green
and healthy. Make sure to cut the stem about an inch away
from the rotting section. And since we are trying to save this dying
succulent, let me share with you this message: Be a person on a mission. Whatever you do, make sure that each of them
directs you towards your goal. Be relentless. So from this day forward, always tell yourself,
I’m a person on a mission. Step Number 3, after cutting, check the tip
and make sure that there is no sign of rot and that the tip has a citrusy smell instead
of a pungent, moldy odor. Also make sure that the tip has calloused
over, which is roughly 2 to 3 days after cutting, and once all of these are checked, it’s
time to proceed to Step Number 4, which is to plant it in a temporary pot. I’m planting this guy in this temporary
pot for now ‘cause I would rather wait for about a month and a half before adding this
to a group. It is important to put this succulent in a
controlled environment with no precipitation or source of moisture and no harsh sun exposure,
that’ why I’m putting this guy in this spot indoors. In July here in Brentwood, California, it’s
way too hot for a recovering plant to deal with. I just want to make sure that he has grown
enough roots and that he is stronger before I send him off with the rest of the gang outside. Here’s the second plant and this takes us
to Step Number 5 and option number 2 on how to save a dying succulent, which is to pluck
off the healthy leaves off of the dying plant and propagate them. I highly suggest that you still try to propagate
even the leaves that look less likely to sprout roots, ‘cause most of the time, they still
do. So, aside from replanting the part of the
plant that still looks healthy, propagating the leaves gives you higher chance of still
getting that same succulent going. As promised, let me tell you what happened
to these succulents and this is a very good learning experience for me,too. And you will definitely learn from it. So, although these plants are not being watered
very often, as you can tell from these healthy succulents on this side, there is something
very significant about how this pot is placed. See, this planter used to be near the fence. I realized that the side of the pot that is
closest to the fence is so protected from the sun that the soil near that side of the
planter is not drying as fast. When I used my moisture meter to measure how
wet the soil is, the front part would register as less moist at 2 or 3, but the rear registered
as really wet at 6 or 7. So, as a very important tip, before watering,
test all sides with your moisture meter. As long as your pot still register some moisture,
postpone watering. So, even if it is just 2 for moisture, it
is still over-watering. Okay, so remember, the best tip to save a
dying succulent is early detection and checking for moisture all over the pot. And always remember to tell yourself this,
I am a person on a mission and every step I take, leads me there. And again, this is Sheila, your person on
a mission, for Succulent Fame. Sending you inspirations with every succulent. Remember to give this video a thumbs up and
share this video, too. Thank you so much for watching!