Though succulents are known as low maintenance and hardy plants, they also can get troubled by pests and diseases.

When your succulent looks sick and starts to change colors, you should examine your succulent closely as there could be a possible pest attack or a plant disease.

Common pests are available for succulents. Mealybugs, scales, greenflies, spider mites, whiteflies, fungus gnats, and ants are the most common succulent pests. These pests spread from succulent to succulent quickly.

They expose the succulent to bacterial fungus infections. Most pests are small and stay hidden under leaves or folded corners.

You can rub alcohol on the infested areas or even spray alcohol or soap water on the pests.

Pests can be unavoidable, so when a plant is affected by any of the pests, you need to separate it from other succulents and treat it to prevent pests from spreading to other plants.

The most common diseases the succulents get are rotting and fungus issues. The main reason for root rotting is overwatering.

Succulents don’t like extra moisture in the soil as it makes breathing hard for the plant. So, the roots will start to rot, thereby invisible to you until it strikes the plant’s upper part.

When the leaves and the stem start to show root rot symptoms, the disease has already spread widely, and curing will be impossible while you can try several treating methods to save some sections of the plant.

If the plant is damaged by any means, infections like bacteria or fungus can come in and rot the plant.

When a fungus attacks a succulent, it grows inside the plant and kills it by eating the plant tissue.

The fungus is hard to stop, but you can try propagating a remaining healthy section of the succulent.

Preventing diseases by managing the correct plant requirements is the best thing you can do for your succulents as prevention is easier than cure.

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