Are pests or mysterious maladies causing problems with your succulents? To help, I show 30+ succulent problems to watch for on my site's Succulent Plant Pests, Diseases and Problems resource page. For each I show a photo, explain the severity (from normal to fatal), describe the problem, and tell what action to take if any. For example:
Other common pests, diseases, and problems on the Succulent Plant Pests, Diseases and Problems resource page include agave grease mite, aloe mite, ant infestation, aphids, black spots, cochineal scale, deer, desiccation, etiolation, frost, gopher, hail, mealy bugs, mildew, rabbit, rot, snails and sunburn. A Pandora's box!
This page is for you to share what works for you, ask questions and leave comments. I'm continually updating the main list based on others' experiences and further research. Many thanks!
A Summer Skunk Story and Video
Jeanne Meadow set a Havahart trap to catch whatever was digging holes and uprooting her succulents. Turns out it was no mere possum, bunny, squirrel or weasel. Husband Barry, assuring Jeanne he'd handle the trapped skunk, donned big plastic trash bags and headed into the garden.
Barry's a very good sport to let me post what happened next on my YouTube channel. My favorite line is when Jeanne says, "Oh no! Did it dig a hole?" (Never mind the skunk had just sprayed Barry.) Although this hilarious video ends when Barry himself becomes trapped, good news: skunk, Barry, and garden are fine.
Note: Because the video is more about what NOT to do, in it I refer you to another that shows how to efficiently deal with a trapped skunk...if, God forbid, you ever have to.
Jeanne and I would love your comments on the video's YouTube page.
And if you have succulent pests, problems or concerns you've successfully dealt with, do let me know...here please, rather than emailing me, so that others will see it and benefit.
Thanks, and have a succulent summer! ~ Debra
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Below are succulent basics, must-do’s and answers to FAQs—the essentials for growing succulents successfully. If all this is new to you, you’ll want to refer to this page often. And even if you’re experienced, you’ll find it a great resource!