Cactus and Succulents forum: Donkey's Tail propagation

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greene
Feb 9, 2017 1:44 PM CST
Hi there,
I don't visit this forum very often but I know someone here will be able to help me with a good answer.

Daughter has a Donkey Tail plant/Burro's Tail/Sedum morganianum and I have collected all the individual leaves that got knocked off the plant when it was moved recently.

After allowing the leaves to callous over, how long do I wait until I expect to see growth?
Will the individual leaves make new growth on their own or should I set them onto some potting soil and mist them once in a while?

Thank you! Thank You!

The plant is on the far right in this photo - back in 2014 while the plant was small. It is now in it's own pot.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Feb 9, 2017 3:04 PM CST

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Spread the leaves out on top of well-draining soil and put the pot in bright shade, ideally a warm, comfy place. Water well about once a week (actual interval depends on conditions; you want to water when dry or almost dry). I don't ever mist but if you like doing that, go for it. You have very good odds of them sprouting new rosettes.
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plantmanager
Feb 9, 2017 3:09 PM CST
I have one that is forever dropping bits and pieces. I just toss them back up in the pot's soil and in a month or two they have usually rooted and begin making their own hanging stem. It's a plant that should be put where it's not windy and out of the way, so you're not banging into it. I had one once that loved my southern window in NM.The strands hung down over 6 ft and it bloomed nearly constantly.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Feb 9, 2017 3:16 PM CST

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I had one growing in a hanging basket for a while and my experience was exactly what Karen described... too much traffic and the leaves were getting bumped off the stems, plus the wind wasn't helping. After a while the stems were hanging down a couple of feet, mostly naked until the end. A couple of years ago we had a wind storm and that was the end of it.

Keeping all those leaves on the stem (like you see in some succulent photography) is harder than you might imagine, also because the care of the plant comes into play, too.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Feb 9, 2017 3:22 PM CST
That is for sure, Baja. The one I have now is pretty sad looking. It really needs to be cut off and started over again, but I am procrastinating. Just trying to re-pot it is a big job. Here is a pic of it last year.


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tarev
Feb 9, 2017 3:40 PM CST
I just stick them into well draining media or lay down on the soil and it should grow. Faster when it is really warm already. I always get lots of cuttings too, gets windy here. I notice it can regrow leaves on those exposed stems if conditions are nicely cool and dry. But otherwise bare stems go bare, so I often just trim it.

I don't mist my succulents, but they are growing outdoors here so even if it rains, there is always constant air flow and later in the day gets warmer a bit so helps dry them out.

Here's mine:

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I have one with just very little soil in a cup with a Crassula ovata 'Gollum' grows quite okay.
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Feb 9, 2017 3:54 PM CST

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A random wall we saw in central Mexico with Sedums and Senecios... ideal location with lots of indirect light. Some plants straggling off so I'm guessing they were mostly being watered by mother nature.

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plantmanager
Feb 9, 2017 4:01 PM CST
Love that wall with the plants!
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greene
Feb 9, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Thank you everyone for the good answers.
The plant was growing happily for two years on the porch rail. The 'tails' were hanging down and did not get in the way. But when it had to be moved...it shed quite a bit. I'll take everyone's advice and hopefully will have some small plants to share at our local swap.

Oh, and @tarev, thanks for helping to identify one of the succulents I have. We've been calling it "Shrek Ears". Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
tarev said:...Crassula ovata 'Gollum'...


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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 9, 2017 5:18 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! I tip my hat to you.

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