Hello everyone! I have a rather sad looking Bear's Paw which I have previously mentioned here that I bought from Home Depot a little over a month back. Many of the leaves had fallen off before I bought it, but so far it is slowly getting more leaves. One thing I find odd is that these new leaf growths are only appearing in the proximity where healthy leaves already exist. This leaves the empty stems on the plant, which were empty when I bought it, though green and healthy, devoid of any signs of new growth.
I noticed that the ends of the stems were pursed and incredibly dry from where they originally lost their leaves, which I assumed was dead plant material from the trauma. I had a hunch that maybe this was slowing growth from the top of the stems. I decided to snip the ends of the stems and now they appear to be callousing nice and flat.
My question is, if pursed and dead plant material is left on the ends of healthy stems from losing a large leaf structure, even like a cutting, does that slow the growth of new leaves from it?