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Dnmrlg
May 15, 2017 1:35 PM CST
Got two little guys one is a pork and beans and he seems to be doing fine other than maybe a few of his beans falling off everytime I move him. He has a lot of new growth and maybe some black spots on the leaves, should I be concerned?

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Then I got another little dude and I was pretty sure he was dead a while ago. I meant to up root him and toss him out but I waited a while and he got a lot of new blooms surprisingly. But I'm concerned because he has a soft stem at the base of one. Is there any way I can save them or at least do a cutting? Vie tried to propagate before but everything ended up dying. Help please!



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tarev
May 15, 2017 2:22 PM CST
Your Sedum rubrotinctum (pork and bean sedum) and the other one (sorry can't id it well) need to have a grittier medium. Ideally I use pumice but if it is not available mix in some more perlite in your soil.

Also both containers are way too deep and big for your plants right now, try to find a shallower/wider one if you can.

When stems shows getting soft, it indicates your soil is holding too much water, that is why I am suggesting adding more pumice and perlite to it, to help aid in drainage. And do those containers have drainage holes? If it does that's good. It can also be due to the container being glazed, it takes awhile longer for soil to go dry, so try not to overwater. Water thoroughly till water drains out and leave them alone and wait for the soil to dry out. Use bamboo skewers to test soil if still wet, if it comes out wet, delay watering. Or compare weight of container before and after watering. It becomes heavier when soil is still wet. Wait till container weight feels lighter before you water again.

But it is good to see new growth on your Sedum rubrotinctum, so plant is hanging on, improve your soil and it will grow much better. You can top dress it with poultry grit (insoluble crushed granite) so the base of the plant is not in too much wet soil.

Just adding about light requirement, your Sedum rubrotinctum is trying to seek more light that is why it is growing too leggy. You can cut off at any point in the stem, callus and stick it back to soil. It typically grows upright.
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Dnmrlg
May 15, 2017 10:05 PM CST
I don't have any perlite in the soil so I'll pick that up and mix it in. I'll also look into smaller pots for them.

The unidentifiable succulent doesn't have drainage holes. I've had it in the pot for a while and a few months ago I was pretty sure it was dying until I left it alone and it had a few new growths. I usually don't water them but maybe once a week and I don't fully soak them through, but I will definetly get a skewer and start doing that.

Both of them get plenty of light, or as much as the day allows. They usually sit in fully sun for anywhere between 8 to 10 hours. Do you think I can cut the stem of the other little guy and let him dry out and replant?
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tarev
May 15, 2017 10:22 PM CST
I would still strongly recommend you change the container or somehow put drain holes for that 2nd succulent. The plant is already showing you through its stem that its media is getting too wet, and with no drainage holes, it is just accumulating salt too at soil/root level, unable to flush it out.

Sure you can cut, callus and replant, but do use container with drain holes. It will be just slow dying if your plant continues to grow in containers with no drain holes.
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