Plant ID forum: Mystery succulent/cat help??

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Name: Kelsey
Montana
kburley
Mar 7, 2017 11:12 PM CST
I bought this succulent off of a small organization who was selling them for a fundraiser. They had no information on what it is or how to take care of it. I have included 2 pictures. The first is from before I got my cat and the small plant was doing quite well. The second is from today. My cat has recently decided he likes to munch on my plants. I would like to know what type of succulent this is as well as any advice for care you have. Also, if you have any tips to keep cats out of houseplants (other than hanging them), I would greatly appreciate it! And finally... This plant's stem has about an inch or two where there are no leaves... am I doing something wrong?, Or should it be planted with that part of the stem under some sort of rocks/gravel? I am new to succulents....


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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 7, 2017 11:24 PM CST
Welcome! I'm guessing one of the Graptopetalums. Some can have very long stems as the lower leaves fall off and the rosette head gets heavier. The stems will bend over a pot's edge and eventually become a nice hanging plant.

I'm assuming that making the immediate environment around the houseplants uncomfortable would discourage a cat but each cat has their own threshold of comfort so you have to prepare accordingly.
Name: Kelsey
Montana
kburley
Mar 8, 2017 12:07 AM CST
webesemps said: Welcome! I'm guessing one of the Graptopetalums. Some can have very long stems as the lower leaves fall off and the rosette head gets heavier. The stems will bend over a pot's edge and eventually become a nice hanging plant.

I'm assuming that making the immediate environment around the houseplants uncomfortable would discourage a cat but each cat has their own threshold of comfort so you have to prepare accordingly.


Thank you so much!!! I am so relieved to be able to actually research this plant. I've started to propagate it so with this new info hopefully I can get a few good ones going after this spring.

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