Posted 4M ago by @Flowergirl2222

Should I cut this succulent at the stem or just remove th...

I received this beautiful plant in the mail and when I repotted it, I discovered the bottom leaves underneath the soil… I am nervous she could have some root rot.. I am new to plants and I didn’t see any problems with the roots, only that the bottom leaves were lighter and the stem at the bottom is brown and not green. Any advice? #HappyPlants #HappyPlace #StringOfButtons #SucculentSquad #SucculentLove #RepotSeason #PlantAddict #SucculentLove #NewPlantMom
2” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
If the stem is brown it’s likely root rot. If you purchased it you need to ask for a refund.

If the base of the plant is rotted, it’s unlikely it will survive. If this is the case cut off the healthy heads and propagate them. You can also propagate any healthy leaves. Use several leaves since some won’t grow roots for you. Tag me if you need help with how to do it.

If the base is not mushy try to save it. Remove the plants from the soil and check the roots. Remove as much soil as possible. You can rinse the roots under a faucet. Cut off any that are mushy, brown or black. Remove any stems and leaves that are rotten. Rinse the roots with hydrogen peroxide. Repot it. The same pot is fine if you clean and disinfect it with alcohol. Do not water it for a few days.

I’m not sure this is a String of Buttons. More photos of the whole plant would help to know for sure.
@TruthfulApricot here is the first one I took off the bottom leaves from the first picture the root is looks brown to me
@TruthfulApricot I also took the bottom leaves off this one the stem is not quite as brown
@TruthfulApricot this one I am letting callus over since that’s what I researched to do but I don’t know what I should do.. this is actually the succulent from my refund box.. they came submerged in soil both times
I can’t tell if the roots are rotten from your pics. Wash off as much dirt as you can and check them.

I think it’s possible it’s inderwatered. Are the leaves wrinkled and thin or more smooth and thick? If it’s the first, it’s not getting enough water. Bottom water it and then wait until the soil is completely dry down to the bottom. Then you can water it again. Mine sometimes require water every 3 or 4 days when they’re dehydrated because the soil dries faster. Check on them frequently. ❤️,

It is String of buttons. Use a small pot (2-3”) and well-draining soil. Just pop it on top! Keep the soil a bit moist until the plant is rooted. That’s all it takes! 😮 They prop very easily!
@TruthfulApricot I have gotten such mixed reviews. The soil was the most moist when repotting. I’m nervous to water them for this reason. I just have never worked with this type of succulent before! Thank you for the advice.

I helped maintain my moms plants and one of my own but wanted to start with some succulents but got some that are more difficult than others!
What kind of soil mix are you using? It needs to drain quite quickly. For succs you want to thoroughly soak the soil when you water and then let it completely dry. I use succulent soil abot 60/40 with grit. You can also use perlite to lighten it up. Perhaps your soil isn’t draining fast enough. You treat String of Buttons like any other succulent. It isn’t particularly difficult in my experience.

You’re very welcome!
@TruthfulApricot I am using regular succulent soil with perlite and rocks on top. I didn’t repot them until a couple days after I revived them because I didn’t want to shock them
@Flowergirl2222 You did great getting them settled in. Perhaps purchasing a moisture meter is the solution. You can then check the level frequently and water as it indicates. Here’s the one I use.
@TruthfulApricot thank you I was thinking of purchasing one!! Thank you for all your help