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Jun 2, 2020 5:40 AM CST
|Bought a lovely big sempervivum from the Garden Centre, it had a lot of little chicks that I wanted to pot individually. I took her home (Her name is Frankie), and the day after I went to split it.
I'm extremely new to plants and succulents, and my windows are extremely drafty so I felt like Sempers would be a good pick for me. Won't throw a hissy fit in winter and won't be bothered if I forget about it for a bit.
I forgot about my money tree for 4 months and that's doing great.
When I went to split it up, the entire underside was black mush. Rot! Half of it was rotted away! The dirt was full of bugs, I even saw a centipede!
I removed all the rot and left to dry out for a few hours, then potted in new gritty succulent potting mix.
Some of the chicks I had to just throw out and I wasn't optimistic about the half rotted mother rosette (Frankie) but I hoped I could save a few of her babies at least.
It's 2 days past repot, and some of the babies are wrinkling up and wilting. Is this from the abuse of the split? The rot? Can they recover? Frankie is also showing signs of it and although I've got 3 babies still looking good, I'd like to know if I can do anything before/when/if they wrinkle up.
Can't believe a garden centre would treat their succulents like this... Frankie was sopping wet.
I'd love advice but it's my first Semper and I tried various things when saving them, hoping 1 of the methods would pay off. I've probably done it wrong but maybe there's still time! Sun shock? Temp shock? Rot too much? These are getting morning sun right now
2 days after attempted saving:
Jun 2, 2020 8:00 AM CST
|Centipeds, do no worry about them, they are hunting other insects, larvae or eggs, they do like damp and dark areas.
The rot seems pretty well advanced if the leaves are dropping off when touched. The rot continues a bit even after removal from the mushy substrate, so that is why they are wilting even after being removed.
There could be a possibility of fungus gnat to be present in the rotting parts of the plant.
Jun 2, 2020 8:28 PM CST
|If it was me, I would strip off anything that was at all soft or icky in any way and then get them some good sun exposure, without over exposing them.|
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