Succulent losing leaves


I also had a grow light on it from 10 pm to 7 am because it’s in an easy window during the day and gets little sun. Do you think this might be the cause of the dropping leaves? There are no bugs on the plant. Thx k


Thank you for contacing the Toronto Master gardeners with your question concerning your succulent

Houseplants usually lose leaves because of stress, which could result from too much water, drought, or too much heat. If succulents are given too much water and do not get a chance to dry out, this will cause them to drop their leaves. When watering, wait until the soil is almost completely dry before watering, then water thoroughly, until you see trickles coming out of the bottom of the pot. Make sure that your pot has drainage.

Succulents need enough light, especially as they are typically adapted to areas with lots of sun year-round. They do best in brightly lit areas, and when lacking light, will turn light green or yellow and straggly, trying to grow toward the light. If the problem is not corrected, they will eventually drop leaves. All succulents require at least 6 hours of sunlight a day to stay healthy.

Another issue that could cause leaf drop is if your succulent was moved to a new area without acclimation or suddenly moved from a dark area to a bright area. Make sure to make location changes slowly. Keep your plant in it’s new location for a couple hours each day gradually increasing the time spent in the new location.

Lastly, plants do not like constant light 24/7. All plants require a period of darkness when they can undergo a process called respiration. Respiration involves using the sugars produced during photosynthesis plus oxygen to produce energy for plant growth and flowering. Make sure to use a timer to automatically turn  your grow lights on and off.