Senecio kleiniiformis Care – Spear Head Succulent

Spear Head Succulent Care

Senecio kleiniiformis, also known as Spear Head or Spear Head Senecio is a succulent plant related to the String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus) and String of Bananas (Senecio radicans). Although it is relatively easy to take care of the Spear Head Succulent Plant, it is necessary to distinguish in time some signs that indicate that something is wrong with your Senecio kleiniiformis. In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about Senecio kleiniiformis Care, how to identify problems and How to Revive the Spear Head Succulent Plant.

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What Is Wrong With My Spear Head Succulent Plant? 

Why Is My Spear Head Shriveling

Why Is My Spear Head Wilting

Spear Head: Wilted And Shriveled Leaves

If the leaves of your Spear Head Plant are starting to wilt or look shriveled, likely, your Spear Head Succulent Plant is not getting enough water. Water should enter through the roots. Consequently, prevent any contact of the leaves with the water, which will avoid the leaves from rotting.

Senecio kleiniiformis Drying Up

If the leaves of your Spear Head are starting to wilt or look shriveled, your Spear Head Plant is not getting enough water. The plant needs and likes deep watering. Before watering again, verify the soil dries out.

How To Revive Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Plant

Check if the soil is too dry. If so, the problem is a lack of water. If the soil is dry 1-2 inches deep, it is dry enough for watering. It would be recommended to water frequently. During the growing season or if the plant is exposed to heat, the Spear Head Plant needs more water. Before every watering, verify the soil. After watering let the water run out of the holes.

How To Water A Spear Head Succulent

How Often To Water Spear Head Senecio kleiniiformis

The best way to water a Spear Head properly is to check the soil moisture. Use your hand, at a depth of 1 inch. If it is moist, don’t water and check the next day.

Leaves Falling Off My Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Plant

The most common reason for leaf drops to the Spear Head is watering issues. Too much water can cause the leaves to swell, rotting leaves, soften, and eventually fall off. When leaves fall off because of overwatering appear is wet and limp. Even the stem may appear swollen.

To revive the Spear Head Plant, pull the plant out of the pot and check how healthy are its roots. Examine the stem for black/brown spots. If the roots look healthy, repot the plant them in dry, well-drained soil and stop watering for a while.

If the stem has black/blue spots it is a sign of rot. When that happens, cut the stem above the rot. Let the rot dry for a week with no substrate. After a week, repot the plant in dry soil. In a couple of weeks, the roots will grow back.

Spear Head Succulent

Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Plant Yellowing

Why my Senecio kleiniiformis is Turning Yellow?

When the leaves of Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Plant turn yellow it can be for several reasons: Watering problems, in excess or deficit, or due to a lack of nutrients. The leaves of the Spear Head can turn yellow due to either too much or too little watering. 

Other things could be happening to your plant.  When the plant is well watered and the leaves are turning yellow, swollen, and soft, it is a sign that the plant has being overwatered and the roots are rotting. 

However, when its leaves are turning yellow, wilted, and dry and you haven’t watered for a while, then it is very likely that the Spear Head Plant needs some water.

Watering Senecio kleiniiformis Care

In this case, you can revive your Spear Head by adjusting the watering technique. If you suspect that your Senecio kleiniiformis is overwatered, try to water less frequently and wait for the soil to dry out between waterings.

When the Spear Head plant is underwatered, water it more thoroughly. Spear Head likes deep watering until excess water drips out of the potholes. Delay your watering as needed. The soil should be dried before watering again.

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Spear Head Turning Yellow – Lack of Nutrients

Soil for Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Plant

How to Repot Spear Head

Spear Head leaves may turn yellow from lack of nutrients. When you buy your Spear Head the soil is a commercial mix with the precise composition, compost, or fertilizer that will feed your plant for a long time.

Eventually, during the constant watering, the nutrients are depleted and removed from the soil. These nutrients must be added back, either by repotting the Spear Head in a pot with a fresh soil mix or by fertilizing the plant.

Repot the Spear Head using a potting mix suitable for well-draining pots or apply succulent fertilizer. Commercial potting soil mixes for cacti and succulents are suitable for Spear Head. 

Spear Head does not require a lot of fertilizer. Consider that the excess fertilizer is toxic to the plant and causes root crenation. Then, if you apply fertilizer, prepare a dilution of the amount of fertilizer recommended by the manufacturer. During the growing season is recommended to fertilize about every two weeks.

Senecio kleiniiformis Care Spear Head Plant: Sun

Spear Head Growing Upwards

If your Spear Head begins to growing upwards, lean toward the light, or elongate toward a window, it is a sure sign that it is not getting enough sunlight.

This is a mechanism that Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Plant, like other plants, has to survive to a lack of light. You will see how the stem of this succulent plant stretches toward the direction of the light source. Plant growth tends to weaken in this state.

We recommend changing the location of the plant by improving the light exposure. At least the plant will stop continuing stretching towards, making this effort to reach the light, and will become healthier.

If the Spear Head plant has elongated, direct sun exposure is not recommended, only gradual. The succulent plant has adapted to the lack of light with this elongation mechanism. Change the location and starting to receive drastically too much light, it is not a doubt idea either. Make gradual changes.

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Spear Head Temperature

Senecio kleiniiformis Care: Zone

According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map that divides North America into zones with different temperature ranges, the Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Plant can grow in a temperature range with minimum temperatures of 30 to 35 F (-1.1 to 1.7 °C), related to zone 10a.

Although the Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Plant can tolerate cold weather, it is not ideal for growing. The room temperature inside your house is a suitable temperature to grow Spear Head and take care of the Spear Head Plant.

Spear Head Has Other Leaves

Why is Senecio kleiniiformis Getting Flat Leaves

The leaves of Spear Head adapt to a lack of light by changing their leaves, getting flat leaves to a flattened shape, losing the dolphin effect, as a mechanism to capture more light.

Stem elongation and flat leaves on Spear Head plants indicate that the plant requires a lighter. If a change of location or more exposure to natural light is not possible, we recommend reviving the Spear Head by repotting with commercial succulent and cactus soil mix.

Nutritional deficiencies related to the lack of light can be prevented by using some common or special artificial light for plants. If you intend to give the plant an artificial source of light, give the plant the same day-cycle not giving it light during the night.

Is Spear Head Safe for Cats?

Spear Head is not safe for cats to eat the plants. Spear Head is toxic for cats. Should not be eaten by cats.

Is Senecio kleiniiformis Toxic to Cats?

Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Succulent Plant is toxic to cats.

Is Senecio kleiniiformis Spear Head Succulent Plant Toxic to Dogs?

Spear Head is toxic to dogs.

Spear Head Plant is poisonous and should not be consumed by cats, dogs, or humans. Spear Head causes toxicity when consumed causing vomiting, nausea, and/or diarrhea.

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