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This succulent seems fine at the extremities, but it started to wither from the base up...

Can anyone identify it so I can find how to grow it properly?

I put a few drops of water everyday on it, not too much.

Edit: a few more pictures of the plant and the rot.

rot at the center of the image. Notice that the plant thinnes and gets brownish at the base.

full image of the plant. The obe rotting is the foremost one, very slender.

I hope those pictures are Ok... I'm having trouble with lighting...

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    Welcome to the site! For identification: could we get a picture of the entire plant and possibly some close-ups? And for the withering: Close-ups, please... – Stephie Jun 22 '15 at 12:57
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    I'm not sure if it's related to the withering (pictures please) but I can tell you that succulents generally prefer one good watering and then a few weeks without any more. Let the soil get well dry and then water the plant heavily. I assume it's in proper fast draining succulent/cactus potting mix? – GardenerJ Jun 22 '15 at 13:05
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    "everyday" is often too much for succulents. Many prefer a little each week, or a little each month. Give them too much, and the roots rot. Watch out for high sphagnum potting soil too. These are arid region plants, not something you'd find growing in a pine forest near a peat bog in northern Wisconsin. – Wayfaring Stranger Jun 22 '15 at 13:30
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    I will take more pictures of the entire plant and the rot when I get home. But regarding watering, even a few drops everyday are too much? As to the soil, I believe it is common soil, not too sandy... I bought the vase as is. :/ – Thales MG Jun 22 '15 at 15:50
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This looks like root rot caused by a combination of low light and watering practice. This also looks like a grower's special where they combine plants with different requirements and leave the rest to you.

  • The stems that are dark at the base are dead and should be clipped at the base and removed
  • move the planting to the highest light are that you have. An unobstructed south window would do well. The plants appear etiolated or stretched out due to lack of light
  • check and ensure that there are drainage holes at the bottom. If not, this is your problem as Wayfaring Stranger has pointed out: succulents like to dry out and then watered thoroughly
  • watering should be more like every two weeks with one cup of water but you need to adjust this based on the dryness of the soil
  • small succulents are readily available at florist's. Add a new one if your planting gets too thin.
  • don't be afraid to cut it back if the growth gets floppy by cutting it back so there are one or two nodes on the stem, no more
  • you can propagate most succulents by letting them dry for a few days on the windowsill and then rooting them in damp sand
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  • Indeed, I keep them indoors, so they don't get much direct sunlight. I will try to propagate the rotten one with its cuttings... Does the cuttings need direct sunlight as well? And do you mean to "behead" the etiolated plants? – Thales MG Jun 23 '15 at 11:02
  • Thanks for your tips! The last point is: which succulent is this (species)? – Thales MG Jun 25 '15 at 23:10
  • Good material for a new question with more photos! – kevinsky Jun 28 '15 at 12:11

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