My Succulents & Problem Plants

I have a couple succulents that are having some issues and I wanted to put up some photos and get opinions and advice on how to take care of them. 

I think this one is a Sempervivum "Violet Queen" and it was growing very nice and actually had a beautiful bloom on it before it started dropping leaves like crazy. I kept some of the healthy leaves and it looks like they are starting to propagate and the leaves still on seem to be doing good, but any advice at all on this one would be great. 

The next one is my Crassula Tetragona "Miniature Pine Tree" it started to drop leaves and brown but I think that it had a bit of rot because when I got it home from the store and took it out of the original pot it was soaked and squishy. It looks like it is starting to come back but I want to make sure that I do everything right to keep it healthy. the way that it originally looked is in the first photo and how it looks now is the next two. I did separate all of the plants in the first photo after a little while.

Here are the rest of my current plants, I would really love any advice because I am new to succulents.

Here are the plants when I first got them


UPDATE 8/1/14


Here are some of the plants that I have been working on. Most are looking better thanks to the advice from my cousin Erica. The Crassula Tetragona is still a but of a problem plant, I can't seem to get it what it needs so if you have any advice on how to help that one please comment or email me. Also I did some hardcore reading and I learned that my Sempervivum should die after flowering and that it will flower prematurely without popping chicks if it is stressed out. I assume that is what happened to it to make it drop all of its leaves but there is new growth and the weird roots that started to grow on one side. From what I've read that is kind of strange so if you have any info on that one I would love to hear it.

Propagation babies

Propagating Succulents

I started getting into succulents recently and when I learned that you can propagate succulents from cuttings and leaves I was intrigued.  I am very new to succulents in general so I started reading up on each plant and the different ways to get nice "chibi" (an adjective that means small and/or miniature in a good or cute way) succulents from the parent plant. My house is particularly shady but I have a few windows that get good sun so I wanted to share how I have started a few plants and what I came up with to deal with having very shallow windowsills that larger pots do not fit in.

First I cut an egg carton in half (use one made out of the cardboard material instead of the foam so it drains better). Next I took the top and filled it with well draining soil (succulent and cactus blend from the local superstore).

Then after wetting the soil slightly with a spray bottle, I took the cuttings and leaves that I had and placed them spread out on top of the soil.

After the cuttings get started I put them in the bottom half of the egg carton and put them in a windowsill that gets good sun.

 From reading up on a couple sites I learned that the cuttings should be kept someplace out of direct sunlight, but when they get started they need more. The stable segregated bottom half of the egg carton should be great to get them better established and I can still keep an eye on them until they get a little bigger.

This blog helped me so much with how to get the correct cuttings and what to do with them  Succulents & Sunshine and I love the tutorials on NEEDLES + LEAVES the photos are very helpful. I live in the deep south east and it is hot and humid here so I plan on updating the status of my plants and how I deal with the climate. Rot could possibly be a problem so I am really going to try to keep an eye on my succulents and any cuttings to make sure they don't get too soggy and die on me.