Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Bits & Pieces, now what?

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Name: Kim
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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May 28, 2016 7:23 PM CST
The nice lady at the local garden center let me pick up all the bits and pieces of succulents on the floor that had broken away from the plants. It's great that I got freebies, but now what? Suggestions? What are they and how do I fix them?
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Name: Reine
Porter, Texas (Zone 9a)
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May 28, 2016 7:57 PM CST
Welcome! to NGA, Shymaiden32

This is quite a find to get a dish garden started or individual pots. Hurray! There are many folks here growing succulents and a whole lot of them create fantastic dish gardens. Even adding non plant material, making them really unique.

But, alas, there are others to give you better advice on these plants than I am and I'm sure you'll get the answers you seek. For this is definitely a friendly and helpful place you've joined. I tip my hat to you.

Good luck and happy growing. Smiling
Name: Baja
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May 28, 2016 7:58 PM CST


You can root your cuttings by placing them on top of a good well draining soil, and watering infrequently until they show changes up top. You don't want to bury them, maybe half an inch of stem (or so). Trim longer stems to this length. Just set them up sitting mostly on top of the soil, leave them in bright shade, and within weeks to months they will start to resume growing like a normal plant.

I would advise a relatively small pot for starters, and once the cuttings get growing again you can give them more space. Containers dry out from the bottom up and so shallow pots will tend to dry out quicker. Which works to your advantage because it allows you to water more regularly during this period without fear of the soil staying wet at the bottom (not good with succulents and especially not good when rooting cuttings).

The red cacti are not going to work for you because those are a particular kind of mutant lacking chlorophyll which are not capable of producing energy without being grafted to a green host. Basically you have to graft them onto the right kind of green plant for them to keep growing.
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Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
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Jun 2, 2016 11:18 AM CST
I just started a bunch of succulents that size, I used a small starter tray, allowed them to dry slightly (it rains a lot here) between waterings and they had roots in 30 days. I just moved them to 2.5" pots and new growth is evident.

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Name: Kim
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Someday, I want to be a gardener!
Jun 2, 2016 8:16 PM CST
I don't know whats going on here ( in Oklahoma) but we have had so much rain lately, I think i am in the pacific
I am worried about my plants with all the humidity and moisture. every time we have a bit of sun, i am setting them out and then hurry to put them back on the porch before the rain...Supposed to stop by Sunday hopefully and then by this time next month, i will be praying for rain.
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