I bought this small succulent at some store. The leaves at the bottom are dark green, and the leaves towards the top are light green. The leaves are a light pink towards the stem, and pointed at the tips. The stem is light green.
It has also developed some flaky brown spots on the leaves, so I would like to know what type of succulent it is so I can take care of this.
Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures.
Hi Melanie, this appears to be one of the Echeveria, of which there are many – it’s most likely Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ which when well grown and happy is one of the prettiest of all the hybrids.
Based on what I see of how this plant is potted, I would say that the mottling of the leaves is an indication of extreme stress – there is no drain hole in these types of containers and succulents and cacti, although they look fine for a little while, cannot survive for long in this type of situation. Apart from the risk of waterlogging, the roots of these types of plants require air exchange and a very porous type of soil, and in a terrarium, this isn’t possible. Please repot this plant immediately into a terracotta clay pot or other unglazed container with a drain hole, and use soil meant for cacti, or mix your own from a good quality houseplant soilless mix combined with the same quantity of pumice, perlite or coarse sand.
It’s also evident that you need to provide more light; this is indicated by the plant stretching to reach the light. In perfect growing conditions of bright indirect light, these plants will stay as a compact rosette. Buy the Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book for more on how to behead these types of plants.
Best of luck with your plant; with luck and quick action, it will survive and thrive in your care.