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Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
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Jun 6, 2020 12:28 PM CST
So... I screwed up. I've been acclimating last years' leaf propagations outside over the last two weeks. The cuttings were taken at a weird time last year, so after a tiny bit of growth, they stopped growing all winter (they were "rescues" from a plant that dropped all it's leaves suddenly, and another was one random leaf drop from a healthy plant I still have). They started growing again with the warm weather, and began stretching, so I started acclimating them to keep them outside so they could get more light. I've been slowly increasing their sun exposure over the two weeks, but the sun today was clearly too much.

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The burns are only on the parent leaves. I intended on separating these babies soon, into 2" terracotta pots. Should I be concerned about these guys? Or are they big enough to survive without the parent leaf? All except the really tiny one are solidly rooted now. When I wiggle them, they seem nicely anchored.
Anything I should do for them?

My flytraps (who were also being acclimated the last two weeks) also got a bit cooked to a point of deforming some traps. Going to post these guys in the 'Ask a Question' forum if anyone also has flytrap expertise.
Name: Baja
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Jun 6, 2020 12:43 PM CST


Leaf propagations should be kept out of overhead sun. Wait until when the new rosette is roughly the size of the original leaf before gradually exposing it to more sun. Filtered sun is okay, maybe a little morning sun or whatever. But you will be much more satisfied with the results if you keep them somewhat protected for a while. Especially this time of year, with the sun being close to its annual maximum. Indoor sun is also fine, while they're just getting started.

Your babies will probably be fine. They look pretty good to me.
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Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums Bromeliad Tropicals Aroids Hibiscus
Sedums Container Gardener
Jun 6, 2020 2:15 PM CST
Thank you.

I've been keeping them on the porch where they get some sun in the morning and then the house shades them. There's a Japanese maple breaking up the light around them as well. They seemed happy up till today. It did get unexpectedly hot this morning though.
Lesson learned, I'll have to figure out a better location for them.

Was worried about the stretching. I had them in one of my brightest windows but it didn't seem to be enough. I moved them back to that window.

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