Help! My plant is dying and I’m not sure what it is

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  1. malval

    malval New Seed

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    Hello! I got this plant a few months ago and it recently started dying. I’m not sure what it is, the leaves are very soft, fuzzy, and range in color from the new light green to a dark green/purple. Recently the leaves at the base are shriveling up, almost similar to that of a succulent. It’s currently in a south facing window and gets direct sun for about a third of the day.
     

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  3. Cayuga Morning

    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Looks like an African violet. Did it use to flower?

    If it is an African violet, I would remove the dead & dying leaves. The soil looks depleted to me...at least what I can see of it. If you want to save this plant, I would repot it, using fresh potting soil. When you knock it out of the pot, you'll be able to diagnose the problem better. Maybe it has simply outgrown its pot. If the root ball remains intact & you can see a lot of little roots, that is the sign it needs a slightly bigger pot. Also, if it is an African violet, a south facing window is too strong a light for it, particularly late afternoon sun. Try a different window. Also, when you water it, try to avoid getting the leaves wet. African violets don't like their leaves wetted with cold water.

    Good luck! Others on this site may have other ideas. If it isn't an African violet, I have no idea.
     
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  4. malval

    malval New Seed

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    I've never seen it flower but judging by the leaves it looks just like an African violet! I repotted it a few months ago with some general houseplant potting soil that I had around but I don't remember what the roots looked like. I'm going to do some more research on African violets so I can try to help this guy out. Thank you so much!
     
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    Looks like African Violet to me too ! I would just follow the above directions! They do not like soggy soil so maybe reduce the water a bit ! If you have a good leaf remaining you can cut it off and root it in moist potting soil ! Just stick it in the soil about halfway !
     
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  6. Sjoerd

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    Are the leaves “hairy”?
     
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    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    All good comments above!
     
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    Sjoerd she said they are fuzzy !
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Ach Mart, you are too right. I read right over that...what a dumbbell.

    Malval, I am not sure your plant is dying. Of course I cannot actually hold your plant and inspect it properly...but I wonder if those leaves have not simply died a natural death. The newer leaves look healthy to me.
    Perhaps if you clip those dying lower leaves off, the lower area of your plant can get some air flow and you can see a bit more of the plant.

    I find this a curious problem and hope that a cause will show itself and you can take the correct action. Fingers crossed that this is a natural occurrence and not a sign of impending fatality.Keep us posted.
     
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    DianneWoollie In Flower

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    African Violet by the looks..
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    My thoughts would be the same, cut back dead leaves and feed and add some
    suitable soil as it looks in need....
     
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