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PNWhoosier2014
May 15, 2017 10:19 PM CST
I have had this one for 6 years and it has some sentimental value...well, I overwatered it. I should have taken it out to dry much sooner. I saw it begin to wilt almost a week ago. I think the smaller piece may make it but the bigger piece looks bad. The rot is very evident above the actual root.

My question is, is it possible that the partially rotted stem above the roots could make it? Since it's not severed from the root yet?

Any further tips other than what I have done:
Removed it from wet soil
Removed visual rot
Rinsed roots
Placed out to dry overnight
(Will be repotting in dry soil mixture tomorrow)

My thumb is usually much greener than this, so upset at myself!


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Christine
May 16, 2017 6:19 AM CST
Welcome! I think you've done everything to save it, as long as you got all the mushy pieces removed I'm sure it will be alright, add perlite to your soil mix
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WillC
May 20, 2017 5:38 PM CST
The outer (cambium) layer on the lower portion of the stem is the critical pathway from the roots to the upper portion of the plant. Once that is dead or damaged, and your is, then the roots are no longer able to support the rest of the plant.

You could try cutting off the stem above the stem damage and try propagating that upper portion. However, larger, older stem sections have a much more difficult time propagating new roots than smaller stem and leaf cuttings.

When propagating, use a very small terra cotta pot filled with a damp porous potting mix.
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PNWhoosier2014
May 22, 2017 12:36 AM CST
WillC said:The outer (cambium) layer on the lower portion of the stem is the critical pathway from the roots to the upper portion of the plant. Once that is dead or damaged, and your is, then the roots are no longer able to support the rest of the plant.

You could try cutting off the stem above the stem damage and try propagating that upper portion. However, larger, older stem sections have a much more difficult time propagating new roots than smaller stem and leaf cuttings.

When propagating, use a very small terra cotta pot filled with a damp porous potting mix.


I decided that it would be best to propagate all that was healthy from the larger section that was severed at the root. I couldn't risk losing it all for the exact reasons you stated. I have made several cuttings from it. Now, the waiting....

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