Cactus and Succulents forum: Help! Succulent

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Name: Jude

May 17, 2017 5:46 PM CST
Hi! I don´t know much about succulents, but I got this one 10 months ago and I´m not sure what I have to do with it. Do I need to chop off its head? (I really feel bad about doing this, but if it´s necessary I will...) And it has some babies with roots, should I cut them and pot them? Confused

I read something about succulent stretching, does my succulent look like that? I´d appreciate your help! I really wanna learn about this and of course I don´t want my succulent to die! Crying


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Name: tarev
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May 17, 2017 5:54 PM CST
Hi judelat, yes it is a good candidate for some chopping. The roots are there now, so just chop a bit below those roots, apply some light cinnamon on the cut end and stick it back to soil. You may want to loosen up the soil, seems too constricted. Try to repot in some new cacti mix with pumice or perlite.

Your plant is trying to seek more light so that neck keeps getting longer. It is normal for the older, lower leaves to drop as it continues to mature, but it will show that long neck. If you choose to chop off the rosette, just do it a few nodes down, set aside to callus, you can apply cinnamon again as fungicide and then stick it back to soil. From that chopped off point, it may try to create more rosettes. Sometimes I deliberately chop down the neck some more to make the size of the plant more balanced.
Name: Jude

May 17, 2017 6:53 PM CST

Thank you so much for your tips Tarev! Smiling

I think I´ll do it this weekend once I get that new soil and cinnamon. I really want them to grow healthy.
I ´m a little afraid to cut them since I´ve never done it, but I hope I can do it well Big Grin

Just to make sure: I can cut the little flowers with their roots and put them in different pots (that´s what I understood), or they should stay with the chopped stem? Sorry if it is a silly question I´m pretty new at this! *Blush*

Name: tarev
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May 17, 2017 7:11 PM CST
Hello Jude, two ways:

1)either cut the rosettes with the new roots intact with it and plant in a new container with a new media,, use a shallow and wide container for this one

2)or cut the rosettes with roots, and replant with the mommy plant but repot mommy plant in a grittier, well draining media, you can put it back in same container.
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May 18, 2017 1:35 PM CST


On top of all the good advice Tarev has given you, I would just add an observation relating stem length to rosette size. As these plants grow longer and longer stems, the rosette at the end tends to get smaller and smaller. Conversely, when you take a short-stemmed cutting and root it, the rosette that grows out will tend to be much larger at the beginning. This phenomenon means that it's a good idea to cut down and restart your plant whenever it gets stemmy, every few years maybe. In the sense that you will be rewarded with a larger, fuller rosette as a result. I like to use fresh soil when I do this, which also helps with the renewal.

There is no advantage to leaving any appreciable amount of stem on a cutting when you want to root it and start a new plant. Maybe half an inch is good. The most active rooting tends to come from the youngest stem anyway (the greener part right below the rosette).
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Name: Jude

May 20, 2017 6:24 PM CST
Thank you Tarev and Baja_Costero for your responses and tips!

I think I´m ready to do it. I got this cactus soil mix in Home Depot...

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so tomorrow I´ll cut the big rossete and the babies and then repot them. Confused I´ll follow your advices, and I really hope I can do it well. Wish me luck. Big Grin

Thank you!!!!
Name: Jude

Jun 20, 2017 7:56 PM CST
Hi! A few weeks ago I cut the big rosette and the little ones, following all of the tips you gave me -how to cut, soil, cinnamon, etc- (first time=VERY STRESSFUL! Crying )

Now I feel better since they´re doing well. I love the little babies growing on the stem! Lovey dubby
Thanks again for your useful tips!

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Name: Karen
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Jun 20, 2017 8:20 PM CST
They're all looking good to me, Jude. Congrats!
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Name: Jude

Jun 21, 2017 5:56 PM CST
Thanks, plantmanager!!! Big Grin
Name: Deborah
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Jun 22, 2017 9:17 AM CST
Whoo, hoo, good looking roots and babies. Congrats. Hurray! Hurray!

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