Black Stem Rot

I recently lost one of my favorite succulents to black stem rot. This is an infection that can be caused by overwatering. I found this guide from SF Gate that has steps on how to treat it.

Basically, these plants are used to a dry arid climate and they need enough water to sustain themselves, but not so much that they are humid. Anything you can do to simulate their natural environment the better.

Signs of overwatering:
1. puffy leaves (they look bloated)
2. dry/shriveled roots (the plant actually needs less water in this case)
3. blanched looking leaves (the coloring is faded because there is too much moisture)

It’s pretty sad looking! 🙁
It turns out if you find small black spots early you can treat your succulents and save them from turning entirely black.


Terrarium Succulents

Here’s a quick how-to for planting a succulent terrarium. I used a hanging terrarium for my plant.


activated charcoal
pebbles / smooth stones
spanghum moss
cactus mix

I used this kit from H. Potter, it came with these adorable bags.





1. Add charcoal. This prevents gross things. (it’s also used in aquariums)



2. Add pebbles. (I put the pebbles on top of the charcoal because it is such a small terrarium and I wanted to keep the charcoal from the plant as much as possible.



3. Add sphagnum moss. This is a filtration layer, also helps soak up excess water.



4. Add cactus mix (dry so you can dust it off your plants). I recommend using a straw to gently blow off any excess soil, careful not to unintentionally cover your plant in soil in the process.



5. Put in Succulent. After the plant is in place you can wet the soil. Be sure that the plant is straight up and down. This plant has already started growing sideways. It’s best if they are symmetrical that way the plant does not expend excess energy to receive sunlight.



6. Decorate!!! I used small seashells and a seashell pieces. You can use tweezers to place shells or items in hard to reach places. Have fun!