Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Crassula perforata help

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SpamAllan
Feb 28, 2017 12:45 PM CST
Hi guys.

My crassula has slowly been leaning to side over a month or so. I just had a closer look and noticed the stem has thinned right out at one of the points where the leaves grow. Is it dying?

If so should I nip the healthy bit out and try to propagate that?

Thanks,
Sam

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gasrocks
Feb 28, 2017 1:04 PM CST
I might think leaning is normal. What do you mean by thin stem? I don't see that. Gene
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tarev
Feb 28, 2017 1:18 PM CST
Hello Sam, try to position your plant nearer more light, it likes lots of bright light.
It grows nicely upright when it gets good light, otherwise it will go winding trying to get more of it.

My plant stays outdoors year round since we got milder winters, so it gets all the light it can get. Like typical Crassulas, it is quite actively growing during the cooler months. As temperature improves and goes comfortably warm, it will also throw out a bloomstalk. Lower, older leaves naturally dry off too. I just remove them, and if conditions are right, it may regrow new leaves on those lower bare stems. If it goes rather leggy already, just cut off and replant, but do that in mid Spring.

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SpamAllan
Feb 28, 2017 1:46 PM CST
Hi, thanks again. Yeah my phone was struggling to capture the thinning part of the stem well. Here is a better photo I hope!

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As I mentioned in my other post my room doesn't get much light so that probably doesn't help. Maybe I will move it to our communal sitting room.

Sam
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tarev
Feb 28, 2017 2:11 PM CST
I see what you mean now Sam. Hmm..makes me think maybe your media is staying too wet and not getting enough light as well.
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SpamAllan
Feb 28, 2017 4:44 PM CST
I think my best bet might be to pinch it out and try to propagate that bit. Does that sound right?

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