Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: trimmings and cuttings..lesson learned..

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Sep 24, 2012 10:28 AM CST
I got this container of succulents last Apr2010, which grew quite fast, a mix of Graptoveria Fred Ives and Rock Purslane, they got too entwined, it was hard to see where one ends and the other begins..so during Spring this 2012, I did a major repot, tried to separate them. So now after summer, checked on the cuttings, and they have adjusted quite well, and it seems actively growing too this Fall.

Started small like this, different types mixed in one container:
Photo on 27Apr2010


Photo Oct 2011:
Thumb of 2012-09-24/tarev/9c6460

I was not sure which cutting will grow, so I got cuttings in different containers:
Photo May 2012
Thumb of 2012-09-24/tarev/617288 Thumb of 2012-09-24/tarev/8ccac9 Thumb of 2012-09-24/tarev/4ddd96

And after summer 2012, here they are now..lots of little ones...cool! I believe these ones are the Graptoveria cuttings:
Thumb of 2012-09-24/tarev/e1aefe Thumb of 2012-09-24/tarev/bfa7a6


I think the lesson I learned here is, much as these succulents look good while they are smaller in a container, they way we love mixing different types in one container, it is best to move them into their own separate containers as soon as possible or relocate them on the ground if you can, otherwise you can't make heads or tails of them..they grow similarly and hard to distinguish which one is which, even if you put names on them. Whistling It sure is fun how easy it is to grow more of them.

Name: Bev
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webesemps
Oct 15, 2012 7:54 PM CST
Tarev, I think what happens as with any plant arrangement in a pot, the beauty lies in the compatibility of color, size, and form of each plant with its neighbor. Time changes all that as each plant grows/changes and the look of the bigger and changed plant members will outgrow the design look orignally intended. Kind of like kids who are sisters and brothers having their picture taken and Mom has dressed them a certain way to be complimentary but take a picture of these kids grown up and they might not look as cute together. So the separating of the plant arrangement members enable each to be admired for their own unique characteristics.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Oct 15, 2012 10:00 PM CST
That's so true, that is why I take a lot of photos as season changes. nodding

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