Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Cutting out emerging flower stocks of Echeveria cultivars?

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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Jul 21, 2014 3:44 PM CST
I've read recommendations to cut out the emerging inflorescence so as not to impact vegetative growth on cultivars of Echeveria that are grown for the beautiful of the plant and not for the flower. My question is .... is it so strenuous on the plant to let it flower?
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SongofJoy
Jul 22, 2014 7:16 AM CST
Not in my experience when I was out West, but others may have a different experience.
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tarev
Jul 22, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Does not seem to bother my Echeverias when they continue in their bloom cycle. You may be thinking about the Sempervivums. Those ones die after it blooms, so some will cut off the buds right away to slow down or stop bolting.

I know I have killed my Echeveria rundelii after it bloomed, but only because I may have overwatered it, but not because I let it continue its bloom cycle.
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HamiltonSquare
Jul 22, 2014 2:41 PM CST
Thanks for your inputs. It was in regards to Echeverias. I normally just let them bloom but I may just test this out on a few and see if this keeps them more robust.
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webesemps
Jul 23, 2014 1:15 PM CST
I used to, whenever I saw them, cut the flower stalks off my echeverias until my husband started to notice the bloom stalks coming up and looked forward to seeing what the flowers would looked like. Now I don't cut them off anymore...until after he photographs them.

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Stush2019
Jul 24, 2014 12:14 PM CST
I noticed that any rosette plant that has a bloom stock in the center of the growth section, always leads to the death of the plant but not the roots, they usury send up more stocks/pups and become larger. But bloom stocks that come up between leaves has much less effect on the growth of the plant.
That may be wrong on some but it has been my experience as to what I have seen.
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tarev
Jul 24, 2014 12:49 PM CST
From what I have seen, the monocarpic ones like Semps and Aeoniums do that center blooming which is the start of its end, unless it is able to make new babies before it goes.

But so far the Echeverias just keeps going and going, makes buds & blooms, or after the bloom then pups on the bloom stalks after the bloom fades. And mother plant still stays okay, actually seeing it form a big caudex, to support all the life it continues to give. I just cut the bloom stalk if it really starts to go brown, and brittle, but otherwise, still fresh green, it will continue blooming or make pups on that stalk.

Here is an example of my Echeveria 'Paul Bunyan' has been blooming on and off since August 2013. I like that it has made a new plant on the bloom stalk, and at the same time baby plant is likewise in bloom..really hard working mommy plant.
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and the babies/blooms
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So pretty much it will be a matter of aesthetics...maybe if you want to keep it in just one rosette cluster, then you may want to cut off the bloom stalks. But for my own preference, I like to see them grow any which it wants.


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Stush2019
Jul 25, 2014 2:41 PM CST
I just got 'Paul Bunyan'. It is just small now. Was a cutting. Love it.
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tarev
Jul 25, 2014 3:43 PM CST
I fell in love with the caruncles that E. Paul Bunyan forms...wrinkly beautiful and quite colorful during the cold season. Very tough and hardy succulent. Lovey dubby

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