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Burbank, ca
Athena0711
Jun 6, 2020 11:30 AM CST
I have a Moses in a cradle that keeps producing babies. I have separated dozens of babies and successfully rooted them. But now the mommy plant looks leggy and tired. What do you recommend I do with it? I was thinking of either planting in a bigger pot and bringing the soil line higher to cover up the long stem. Or lopping off all the roots to see if the main stem will root, then replant it.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 6, 2020 5:27 PM CST
Your plant looks healthy and vigorous. The remedy for legginess is pruning.

Get your plant back in its pot with the roots as undisturbed as possible ASAP. Give it a week or two to recover from the unpotting. Then, cut the stem back to the point where you would like to see new leaf growth emerge. The cutoff top part can be rooted so you will have yet another plant to add to your growing collection.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 6, 2020 5:32 PM CST
Why do you keep pulling the babies off? What are you doing with all the babies? This plant is supposed to be an entire cluster of plants, not a solitary.

The pot only needs to be slightly bigger than the root ball but the roots need to be IN the soil, not ON the soil.

If you are uprooting it to pick off the babies, don't. Its causing a lot of stress and your plant is reflecting this.

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Burbank, ca
Athena0711
Jun 6, 2020 6:32 PM CST
Daisyl no need to be rude. My question wasn't about the babies it was about the parent plant. I explained what I did with the babies and they are fine and thriving. I obviously don't keep the plant on top of the soil, I keep it in the soil. I was just taking a picture so you could see the length of the stem. Have a great day.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 6, 2020 6:34 PM CST
I wasn't trying to be rude but, have a nice day.
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Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
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sumire
Jun 6, 2020 6:38 PM CST
Your plant looks leggy and tired because you turned it into a plant puppy mill. I would say the best way to help it recover is to stop pulling off the side shoots and just let it grow undisturbed for a while. Tradescantia are usually groupings of multiple plants.
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