Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Can these succulents be kept as houseplants?

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Name: Marie
Ohio (Zone 6b)
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GrannyMarie
Apr 20, 2016 10:12 AM CST
I took leaf cuttings from my dil's overgrown succulents that a friend gave her. Will they do well as houseplants? Any specifics I need to know? Thanks? (if you already responded on my other thread, thanks.)

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (Lavender Scallops)
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Sedeveria 'Sorrento' (Burro's Tail)
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Crassula arborescens
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Apr 20, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Yes, they all can be great house plants. They need lots of light though. Do you have room in a south window for them? Artificial lights also work. Gene
Name: Marie
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GrannyMarie
Apr 20, 2016 11:38 AM CST
Thanks Gene. My room only gets strong afternoon sun for about 3 hrs. If that's not enough I can move them to a south window in another room.
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Apr 21, 2016 2:38 PM CST
Welcome, and hi (again, I "saw" you elsewhere! LOL!) The name C. arborescens should go with the 4th pic, as a suggestion from me. The 'Sorrento' name was also a suggestion of mine, but without having seen its' bloom, there's no way to confirm that from these 2 pics. As a likely hybrid, it could be something else that looks very similar. There are so many of them just within Sedeveria. It could be an entirely different genus. Sometimes one has to have a plant around for a while before being able to be sure what it is. If your DIL has some pics of the plants with blooms that she could send for you to add to the discussion &/or compare to blooming plants of the suggested names, that could help.

Several types of C. arborescens:
http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=crassula+arboresc...
Some Sedeverias:
http://garden.org/plants/search/text/?q=sedeveria&button=
A similar (to your reddish plant) Graptosedum
XGraptosedum 'Vera Higgins'

The first one needs the most light, IME. If at all possible/practical to keep outside for summer, I recommend it. It looks like it just came from being very near a S or W window, or outside. If you start seeing this kind of look, with leaves pointing down at the tips and much farther apart on the stem, it's from lower light:


The other 2 plants are much more amenable to less light/being inside, though, as said, do need a spot where the sun can shine directly on them for at least an hour per day. As long as the leaves keep forming as closely together as they are now, the light is sufficient. Seeing some blooms in the next few months would confirm that.

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Name: Marie
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GrannyMarie
Apr 23, 2016 4:47 AM CST
Hi Tiffany (nice to 'see' you again) Thanks so much for the info and the links! That's very interesting that it could take awhile to be able to identify a succulent. My DIL received the plants from a friend who didn't know what they were either. There were no blooms when she received them.

She put all three plants outside yesterday since the temps are warming up and will move them inside in late Fall/Winter. I will keep my cuttings as houseplants as they grow but can move them outside in the summer for more direct light.
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Apr 23, 2016 5:13 AM CST
Happy to share. Your plan of taking outside for summer, inside for winter sounds like a good one, or at least a popular one among those of us in colder (than tropical) climates.
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