Why is Black Prince Succulent Dying?

The reason your black prince succulent is dying is usually due to overwatering and moist soils. This causes the leaves to become soft and droopy, and gives them a sad appearance. The black prince plant’s stem becomes leggy when it doesn’t get enough sunlight. The lower leaves turn green, and the stem begins to look leggy.

Continue reading to find out why your black prince succulent (echeveria), is dying, and the solution …

Overwatering (Leaves turning brown or yellow and Mushy )

Overwatering is the most common cause of echeveria death in black princes.

Black prince succulents are native to Mexico , where they thrive in a dry, desert-like climate with well-draining soil and little rainfall.

If the black prince succulent gets watered too frequently, it may develop symptoms of:

  • Leaves turning yellow and brown with a mushy texture to them.
  • Leaves falling off the plant.
  • Drooping leaves or stems.

If the black prince succulent is not given enough water, it can develop root rot. This can be very hard for the plant to recover.

If you notice signs of root rot, then reduce the amount of water that is being given to the plant.

Succulents like the black prince are more suited to drought conditions than underwatering.

If you water black prince succulents more than once a week, then it is likely that they are overwatered.

Black Succulent

The solutions…

The most important thing to do is reduce the amount of watering. Let the soil dry completely if you notice signs of excessive watering.

To ensure that your black prince succulent does not die, replicate the soil moisture and watering habits of its natural environment. You can do this by giving your black prince succulent a good soak, followed by a drought, and allowing the soil to dry completely.

To determine how often black prince succulents should be watered in your home, give the soil a good soak. Next, check how long it takes for soil to dry at the bottom of the pot.

The best way to check the soil in the pot is to touch it through the drainage hole at the base.

If the soil is still damp or moist, wait a few days before watering. However, if it feels dry, this is the best time to water.

Black prince succulents should be watered once every 2 to 3-weeks. However, it is important to determine the best watering frequency for your home conditions by monitoring soil moisture.

If you notice that your black prince succulent is becoming mushy, reduce the amount of watering and let the soil dry completely.

If the plant becomes more severe despite drying the soil properly, it is usually due to too much moisture around the roots. This can indicate root rot.

Root rot can only be saved by cutting the leaves for propagation. The fungal pathogens that cause root-rot can be difficult to treat.

Watch this YouTube video to learn how simple it is to grow succulents from leaves:

Not Enough Sunshine

Black prince succulents are found in open areas in Mexico’s hot and dry rocky regions. They thrive in full sun.

If the black prince succulents are in too much shade, they may lose their black color and turn green. The stems can also grow leggy as they seek more light.

A black prince that is in too much shade can redirect its energy to growing the younger leaves in the middle of the rosette causing the older, lower leaves to turn brown, dry and crispy, often falling off the plant.

The solution…

Black prince succulents (or their pot) should be placed in the sun for at least four hours to retain the more compacted stems.

How easy it is for your black prince succulent to be saved depends on how long the plant has been under shade.

Move the black prince succulent slowly from shade to full sunlight by gradually increasing its exposure to light each day.

If the succulent is in intense full sunlight, the leaves may turn brown and become brittle.

Allow the plant to be moved for a little longer each day to allow it to adjust to the new light levels and prevent sunburn.

If the stems are very thin and the rosettes have a tendency to droop, they may not return to normal.

In this case, you can remove the rosette from the plant and place it in a different pot. It will root quickly and become a plant.

Watch this YouTube video to learn more about leggy succulents, and how you can revive them:

Soil Has Too Much Moisture around the Roots

Black prince succulents are found in Mexico, where they thrive in sandy or very gritty soil.

Conventional pot soil is too moist around your black prince succulent’s roots. The plant will develop the same symptoms as overwatering and dying mushy foliage.

Root rot can also be caused by soil that retains too many moisture or drains slowly.

The solution…

A black prince succulent should only be grown in a specific succulent and/or cacti soil. This replicates its natural environment.

If your black prince succulent is still in potting soil, it should be replaced immediately after watering.

Take the black prince out of the pot and carefully remove the potting soil.

Wash the pot in which it was planted with disinfectant to kill any fugal pathogens that thrive in moist soil.

Replant the black prince echeveria with the new succulent soil that mimics its native soil.

Remove any mushy, soft leaves to stop rot spreading. Implement the best watering practices and allow the soil to dry between waterings.

The black prince succulent can be replanted in well-draining succulent soil to allow the roots to dry properly and remain healthy.

Cold Damage

Black prince succulents do not survive in cold temperatures and will die if exposed to freezing temperatures.

If the succulent gets too cold, the leaves may become mushy and can develop a dying appearance similar to excessive watering.

In most cases, the tender new leaves will become soft and mushy in the first few days. However, extreme cold can cause the plant to lose its ability to grow.

The solution…

Move the black prince plant to a location between 55degF-80degF (13degC-27degC) consistently and ensure that none of the leaves are in contact with a cold window or in a cold air current.

If the leaves feel too soft, wait several days or even weeks for the mushy and cold-damaged part of the plant’s to dry out. Then it will form a callus.

Once the leaf’s soft side has dried, cut the leaf to the bottom of the damaged area. Most often the cold-damaged areas will not recover.

Only resume watering the succulent when the callus of the leaf cut has healed over to prevent other potential problems.

It takes some time to get the black prince succulent to grow new leaves. Once it does, however, it can start to look normal again after being exposed to cold damage.

Key Takeaways

  • A dying black prince succulent is often caused by too much moisture around its roots due to overwatering or damp soils. This causes the leaves turn soft and brown or yellow. Too little sun can cause black prince succulents’ leaves to turn green and die back.
  • Black prince plants are adapted to drought and require the potting soil to dry out between watering. Root rot can be caused by saturated soil.
  • Black prince plants grow best in full sun with at least 4 hours of sun require for the plant to stay healthy. The leaves turn green from too much shade, and the lower leaves will die.
  • Black prince plants are not cold hardy and can turn mushy or die back in cold temperatures.


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