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lottierifah
Mar 5, 2017 8:54 PM CST
Hi there,

I just need some advice on propagating my haworthia that have new pups/babies.

Thanks in advance.


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tarev
Mar 6, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Hello lottierifah, I usually wait till baby is about half the size of mommy plant before I gently unpot and remove the baby carefully with its own roots, have a sharp blade to cut it off. I do this around mid Spring, when temps are already more stable and nicely warm. Plant may still be dormant too, so it is just right timing, as plant is about to wake up.

But lately I prefer to make a colony of them, making a nice growing clump so I just plant mine in shallow and wide containers, if I can, and let them fill up the container.

lottierifah
Mar 6, 2017 12:30 PM CST
tarev said:Hello lottierifah, I usually wait till baby is about half the size of mommy plant before I gently unpot and remove the baby carefully with its own roots, have a sharp blade to cut it off. I do this around mid Spring, when temps are already more stable and nicely warm. Plant may still be dormant too, so it is just right timing, as plant is about to wake up.

But lately I prefer to make a colony of them, making a nice growing clump so I just plant mine in shallow and wide containers, if I can, and let them fill up the container.


Thank you very much for your response. Thumbs up

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purpleinopp
Mar 6, 2017 1:12 PM CST
The bottom one looks like one that I have. When I repotted it, the individuals fell apart from each other, and it was easy to put them in separate places, no propagating needed.
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Baja_Costero
Mar 6, 2017 3:39 PM CST
The top plant looks like one that I have. Because I'm a little lazy, I like to wait until the offsets are the same width as the mother plant, and then start by removing the longest stem first, as unobtrusively as possible, by putting the jaws of a little nail scissor in at its base (but above the soil line and where the other rosettes branch off) and snipping it off. Every so often I come in and harvest a few rosettes that way, which allows me to leave the plant in a pretty small pot. Basically it's pruning, in the guise of propagation. The plant responds quite well to serial decapitation if you are patient about it and always leave a few full-size rosettes behind. Afterwards you can expose about half an inch of naked stem on the cutting, allow the cut end to heal, and plant it in new soil. This cut-and-run method works well for plants which grow a stem (you will note this behavior over time).

You will see the multitude unfold if you allow your plants to offset for a while before you take any action. Try to be patient up front so you can reap the rewards of bigger, better rooted offsets later. As Tiffany pointed out, in most cases with short-stemmmed plants it's easiest to remove the offsets by taking the whole thing out of its pot and carefully separating each baby with its roots intact. Wait a week or so after really handling the roots of a plant before you water, to avoid complications.

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