Here’s the ugly side of succulent growing; @ohhyouknow’s new beauty reminded me to snap a pic of my ugly duckling 😂 I have a theory that this plant cannot handle heat; all the yellow cracked growth is from summer when I had it outside in full sun with the rest of my echeveria. However habitat photos show it growing nearly horizontal out of sheltered rocky crevices, in areas with average temperatures around 60-71 degrees Fahrenheit. Since winter began the new growth has come in nice and grey.
@ohhyouknow I don’t remember exactly but definitely into the 90s. Worse was the rain and humidity, we had thunderstorms nearly every day for a stretch. That plus heat = unhappy echeveria. These guys really don’t seem to like extended heat
@mauspad it was like that here too! It rained and rained and the few days that it didn’t it was like 95 degrees! It would be soo steamy outside. I really need to figure out what I’m gonna do next year if it is like that again. I don’t recall it being that bad the past few years. I have been growing succulents for a few years and have never really had such a bad year. 😓
@mauspad @ohhyouknow I can't subscribe to that theory. My Xichuenses happily lived outside in temps up to 45deg C or 117deg F this summer with up to 95% humidity. It was loving it and was a lovely dusty pink.
But the thunderstorms @Yollymac !! We've been having periods where it will rain for 3 days out of the week, it'll be overcast for one or two days, sunny and humid the last day and then back to rain again. Over and over. I have taken most of my finicky inside
@ohhyouknow - yuck!! We have been in a drought this summer. In any case we get winter rainfall. I would have to take mine inside too since our rains aren't far off now. And after rains come cold, cold nights. Should the cloud move on, serious frost.
I always thought that these cracks were from overwatering. Sometimes some succulents can absorb so much that the swelling makes them split! I have a few with cracked leaves like this & I recently lost a Graptosedum Ghosty when its stem split & got infected. It rained so much this year!