Ask a Question forum: Help with my Echeveria Chroma

Views: 107, Replies: 7 » Jump to the end
Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
Every day in the yard is a GOOD day
Dog Lover Bee Lover
Image
IJsbrandtGA
Oct 17, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Please forgive me if I am posting in the wrong place? I am looking for help to "fix" my Echeveria Chroma. As you can see in the pictures, the stems have grown quite long and I would like to shorten them so that the rosettes are back in the planter. Can this be done? How? Thank you so much. Terri
Thumb of 2016-10-17/IJsbrandtGA/28f488


Thumb of 2016-10-17/IJsbrandtGA/a7b59b

"Speak to the Earth and it shall teach Thee" Job 12:8
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Oct 17, 2016 11:31 AM CST
Hi Terri,

This is the right place to ask questions.

You have the chance to not only shorten that stem but end up with more plants in the bargain. Cut the rosettes off with a sharp knife - leave about 1/2 inch of stem attached to the rosettes. Let the cut stem dry out for a couple days then plant in new cactus and succulent soil. Water sparingly until it roots.

If you cut the now headless stems to an inch or so above the potting soil, they will grow new little rosettes along the stem.

The center of the stem can also be rooted. You can cut it into sections or lie the entire piece on a pot of soil.

Are your cactus and succulents in sphagnum moss?? ACK!
Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
Every day in the yard is a GOOD day
Dog Lover Bee Lover
Image
IJsbrandtGA
Oct 17, 2016 11:38 AM CST
Wowee.....jackpot! Thank you Thank You! Daisy! I put the sphagnum in the top of the pot to keep my dogs from sticking theit noses into it. They are planted in a cactus mix. Smiling

You see the other guy in the background with the yellow top? It only had a few little balls when I bought it and now there are bunches. Is there a way to propagate those?
Thumb of 2016-10-17/IJsbrandtGA/82050a

"Speak to the Earth and it shall teach Thee" Job 12:8
Name: sy
Northern Ireland (Zone 8a)
Region: United Kingdom Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds The WITWIT Badge Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Sempervivums Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Native Plants and Wildflowers
Image
syzone8aUK
Oct 17, 2016 12:17 PM CST
Hi terri! The little yellow one I believe is called echinopsis chamaecereus and is grafted to a hylocereus i think but not sure! It cannot be propagated! The cactus is yellow and lacks pigment because it cant produce chlorophyll and would not survive on its own so its grafted to a cactus which does produce chlorophyll.
Heat zone 1-2
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Oct 17, 2016 12:54 PM CST
The little yellow cactus on top is Gymnocalycium mihanovichii. They are naturally occurring variants but, as Sy pointed out, do not produce their own chlorophyll so must be grafted to another cactus, in this case, a Hylocereus. As the Gymnocalycium grows, it will demand more and more from its host plant. Eventually, the host plant will fail and both plants will die.

It's a parasitic relationship and nothing you can do will save them. Crying
Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
Beekeeper Cat Lover
Image
madcratebuilder
Oct 17, 2016 1:32 PM CST
That E. Chroma can be a dozen or more plants in short order. It can take 4-6 weeks for the bare stems to sprout new growth, the heads root in 10-14 days for me.
Spectamur agendo
Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
Every day in the yard is a GOOD day
Dog Lover Bee Lover
Image
IJsbrandtGA
Oct 18, 2016 10:17 PM CST
Thank You! Hurray! Thank you from wayyy across the pond @syzone8aUK! And thank you @Daisyl and @madcratebuilder for the information. I actually had one of those Gymnocalycium before, same setup but it was red. It shriveled and died and I could not figure out what I had done wrong. Now I get it. I am having trouble (and will Google) understanding how the Gymnocalycium existed and survived on its own before man came along and decided to graft it to something. Cactus plants are pretty amazing and I always scoop them up when they are on clearance just so I can try to get better at growing them.

I have cut up my Chroma and yes, I have 10 new plants to baby along! I used to think gardening was fun, but seriously I am getting mad-scientist-like over propagation and seed collecting. Green Grin! Thumbs up

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
"Speak to the Earth and it shall teach Thee" Job 12:8
Name: sy
Northern Ireland (Zone 8a)
Region: United Kingdom Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds The WITWIT Badge Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Sempervivums Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Native Plants and Wildflowers
Image
syzone8aUK
Oct 19, 2016 5:24 AM CST
Sorry for the wrong id terri, looked like the one I have but I can see its not! You don't have to lose both of them terri, if the yellow part is removed the green part will survive. My echeveria tends to stay solitary so I had to buy another one! Looks like its in moss but its not, id love more echeveria but agavoides is the only one I ever see in shops! You shouldnt need to, but rooting powder might increase your chances for success! Good luck with the babies terri Thumbs up

Thumb of 2016-10-19/syzone8aUK/c888b9



Thumb of 2016-10-19/syzone8aUK/f31a2f

Heat zone 1-2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Agave"