My Baby Toes Dying, What Should I Do ?

Are your baby toes dying? Then, this article is for you. In here I explain reasons and remedies you could practice to overcome such situation. 

Baby Toes Dying

How do I know if my baby toes are dying?

Baby Toes die mainly due to lapses in the care and due to occasional pests attacks

For example,  if you grow them in a poor draining soil mix and over water them, they would be quite unhealthy for the plants.   

If we elaborate further on over watering, once you over water them, they will try to split their leaves since they try to conserve more water than they can. It is a common cause these plants to die.

What are baby toes succulent?

Baby toes or Fenestraria Rhophalophylla  are originating from Namibia, and these are endemic plants there. 

However, you can commonly find them all over the world as they are famous among succulent enthusiast. They usually grow in tube shape and do not produce rosettes. 

Besides, You could spot only their tips growing above the soil layer. Moreover, they produce flowers in yellow  during spring or fall. 

Why are my baby toes dying?

Over watering could mainly cause these plants to die. Once they get excess water than they require, it would make them split their leaves as they tend to store the excess water. 

Apart from that, Baby Toes are usually resistant to pests’ attacks. Having said that, there could be pests’ attacks and certain diseases which would kill the plants. Pests such as mealybugs, scale or aphids would be troublesome for them. 

Additionally , Baby Toes are quite responsive towards root rot also. 

Hence bear in mind that you need to grow them in a potting medium which has an excellent drainage. Furthermore, pot should also carry at least one draining hole.  That will prevent any potential of having root rot since the soil will not be damp.

How do you save a dying baby toes?

You can save Baby Toes from dying by practicing the right care techniques.

Baby Toes have strong demand when it comes to sunlight. Only then they can perform well. The exposure for sunlight will provide sufficient heat for the Baby Toes. Moreover, they are tolerant of direct sunlight as well.

However, ensure that you do not let the plants become scorched from intense sunlight. Ideally you need to balance the intensity and the intake of sunlight. 

As such if you grow them as houseplants, a brightest sunny windowsill will work well for them. It will allow the plants to grow healthily. Further it will be useful for the flower blossoming.

When it comes to temperature and to the humidity aspect, they will thrive well in warmer temperatures and in low humidity levels. 

They can survive in the summer heat but not in the light frost. Hence, if you live in a freezing area, I recommend bringing them indoors to protect the plants from such unhealthy conditions.

In addition to that, ensure that you grow them in a fast draining soil mix also. Baby Toes do not prefer to stay in damp soil  as they are quite sensitive to root rot. 

That will allow the soil mix to dry without holding onto the excess moisture. Besides, you can grow them in a Terracotta pot as they will drain out the excess moisture from the pots.

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Baby Toes Dying

Can baby toes come back to life

Unfortunately it is difficult to revive baby toes succulent when they are dead. But if you identify the signs earlier you can save the plant. 

Why are my baby toes rotting?

If you do not grow them in a well-draining soil mix, it would result in rotting of the plants. Baby Toes have shallow roots, and they have a great vulnerability for root rot. 

Hence , it is critical that you use a fast draining  soil mix.  Root rot  could take place  due to using a wrong soil mix as well. 

Hence if you grow them in a soil mix which is mixed with loam, humus and with peat moss it will hold on to excess moisture and make the plants more prone towards root rot. 

Instead grow them in a potting medium which is specifically made for cactus and for succulents.

To remedy the plants which suffer root rot, you need to first check whether your roots have black spots in the roots. 

Then immediately you need to stop watering the plants and change the soil mix. Besides  if you had grown them in the same potting medium for too long  it could also create root rots in the plants. 

Further when you change the topsoil, you need to let the roots dry before you plant them again. That will avoid any potential problem which could take place.  

Will an overwatered Baby Toes  recover?

Over watered Baby Toes could recover if you place them in a bright lit place. Further cut back in watering until they entirely dry. 

Besides,  you can consider transplanting them also so that it will allow them to recover. All the succulent gardeners wish is to have healthy succulents. 

Hence if you ever come across any Baby Toes plants leaves which turned yellow, it could be due to over watering too. 

it would initially turn yellow and will become translucent later on. Hence, it is vital that you identify this issue well in advance and attend and rectify the issues.

How do you tell if a Baby Toes  is over or under watered?

You could decide whether the Baby Toes are over watered or under watered by simply looking at the plants. 

Baby Toes are more  responsive for over watering when compared to the rest of other succulents. Hence , you need to observe closely to  see whether you can spot any symptoms of under watering  or over watering. 

If they are deprived of water, you will see their leaves are wrinkled and slightly shrunken. That usually happens when their internal water storage is over. 

Hence, if you give them a good watering session, it will help them to refill those, and they will swell and become plump again.

On the other hand, if they are overwatered, it will male them split their leaves since they try to store the excess water than they can actually hold up to. 

You could commonly spot this condition among the Baby Toes.  Additionally, if you could spot the black patches that could also be due to over watering as they would be suffering from root rot.

Why is my Baby Toes drooping?

Your Baby Toes may go through drooping mainly due to lack of water. Additionally, you will see they are carrying dry and crispy leaves as well. 

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If you could come across these signs, it literally means the plants are not healthy. Despite the fact that Baby Toes can thrive without water for some time, it is important that you supply them water regularly in moderate levels depending on the seasons. 

If you could spot the Baby Toes leaves are somewhat dry and dull, it is an indication for you to adjust your watering style.

Is my Baby Toes  dehydrated?

If you spot your Baby Toes  dropping leaves, chances are that your plants are dehydrated. All succulent enthusiasts take care of these precious plants with so much love and attention

However, over watering is what could be the root cause for your plant to drop their leaves. If the plants have water in the soil, they will start to swell and become soggy. 

They would tend to fall off even if you try to touch them lightly. 

Extreme warmth would be another key factor for them to drop their leaves. They would usually do this to protect the remaining energy and the remaining moisture they have. 

When it is extremely warm, they would tend to drop their leaves. That is an indication of under watering. 

Hence if they keep depriving them of sufficient water, they will respond to it by dropping their leaves so that they can survive in hot temperatures.

Baby Toes Dying

Why do your Baby Toes crack?

Baby Toes  are prone towards over watering.

To respond to that, they would usually start to crack and break their leaves whenever they receive too much water. 

If you keep watering them in excess , it will create these unnecessary issues. You need to place them in dry and well-lit areas to overcome this condition. 

How often should you water a Baby Toes ?

Baby Toes need moderate watering during spring fall and in winter. On the other hand, they can survive with minimum watering in summer

Baby Toes  used are drought tolerant plants. Hence, they have water conservation in their body, and they can survive without water for some time due to that.  

Having said that, they would also require regular watering. Having said that, if you over water them, it would create a bad impact on the plants.  

Hence observe the plants well before you water them. if you could spot your plant’s leaves are wrinkled, it could be due to lack of water.

If you keep growing with inadequate water, it may even kill your precious Baby Toes  plants.

Baby Toes  are not summer growing plants, and this is something contrasting to many other succulents. These plants will be in their dormancy during summer as the high heat and dryness would halt them in growing. 

When they pass through spring, they will be literally inactive. Hence you need to skip watering them. Having said that, a little misting would be beneficial for them during this season. 

However, you should avoid doing it every time as it would lead to root rot.

On the other hand, when it comes to watering during winter, fall and in spring , you may water them moderately.

These are the seasons where your Baby Toes would be highly active. Hence you can water them moderately during these periods while allowing the soil to wither.

How do you treat sunburned Baby Toes ?

Unfortunately, the sunburnt Baby Toes will not recover and those marks will remain there permanently. However, the Baby Toes plants can recover from sunburns. 

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To treat them, you can simply shift the plants to a shady place where they can only receive the shade and not direct sunlight.  

Can you save a shriveled succulent ?

You can save shriveled Baby Toes by giving them a good drink of water. These are hardy and versatile sets of plants and reviving a shriveled Baby toes plant is quite easy. 

You can simply place the succulent in a water basin and keep them that way for about 10 minutes. Baby

Toes plants can perform well if they get a good soak of water in their soil and when you let them wither between two watering sessions. If you practice the right watering tips, it will avoid having any shriveled  Baby Toes plant.

How to save dying Baby Toes ?

You can first move the pots into a brightly lit area where there will be a temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit ( 19 degrees Celsius). 

Over watering or under watering could be two more key factors which could kill your precious Baby Toes plants. 

Hence, despite these being drought tolerant plants, they would also prefer to have moderate water levels so that they can sustain the growing phase.

Additionally , these are usually pest resistant plants and have minor problems when it comes to pests’ attacks. 

With that being said, you should watch out for regular pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and scales particularly if you had over watered the plants or if you had grown them in a poor draining soil mix. 

Further you may consider feeding them during early spring. A half-diluted cactus or succulent fertilizer would be ideal for this purpose. If you practice these care tips, you could save your dying Baby Toes.

What happens if a Baby Toes gets too cold?

If you expose them to frost, it could damage the Frost Baby Toes plants. In fact, it could create scars on your plants as well. 

Baby Toes are tolerant of extreme temperatures. Having said that, you need to protect the plants from colder temperatures as it could be harmful for them.

What does it mean when Baby Toes turns brown?

If you spot your Baby Toes succulent has turned brown, it could be due to over watering.

Hence, you need to immediately cut back on watering and allow them to become dry by placing them in a brightly lit place.


Hope this article gives you a broader perspective and understanding of how you should take care of the  Baby Toes plants well so that you will not have to go through the aforesaid concerns.  

Trust this information will help you to identify the issues precisely  and how to attend to them as well. If you ensure that you attend to these issues in advance, you can solve them faster.

Baby Toes are one of the versatile and wonderful sets of plants and they would be such great additions for your indoor gardening collection. 

If you adhere to the aforesaid care tips, you can see your precious Baby Toes are flourishing  without dying.

Credit to : The Succulent Therapy Ph
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About author

I’m Dr. Chamika, As a hobby love talking about plants and showing you that taking care of indoor plants. My website is knowledge I’ve learned over the years and continue to learn about growing succulents. If you’re a succulent lover, then you have come to the correct place.