Cactus and Succulents forum: leaf drop on pachyphytum

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Name: Sweetwind
SF Bay Area (Zone 10b)
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Sweetwind
Aug 23, 2017 8:27 PM CST
My pachyphytum ovirferum is about done flowering. It's now dropping some lower petals, about 4 now in 2 days (which I hope will make new plants) and growing new ones. Normal? Thank You!
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Aug 24, 2017 9:45 AM CST

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It looks like somebody/something (do you have a cat maybe?) bumped up against the plant, and a few leaves fell. Sometimes these plants get a little too vigorous with the flowering and have to drop a few leaves to keep going, but that does not look like the case here. Typically when these plants drop leaves they do it from the bottom up, not on one side.
Name: Sweetwind
SF Bay Area (Zone 10b)
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Sweetwind
Aug 24, 2017 10:37 AM CST
Dog supervised on porch, but possible the outdoor critters bumped the table. We have a possum thats been digging around, stray cats, racoons, squirrels! But if some drop off the other side that would be normal, good to know!
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Aug 24, 2017 4:21 PM CST

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If you're concerned about the health of the plant, you might consider cutting off the inflorescence, so as to terminate any further investment in that department until next time.

I do not hesitate to amputate inflorescences from those rosette succulents, under the logic that keeping the rosette going strong is likely to result in perfectly good flowers next year. Sometimes I do it to save the plant from itself, since some can be overeager with the blooms, and the blooms tend to be bug magnets. In general I only allow one plant of any given type to bloom, the rest all get nipped in the bud to favor vegetative growth. If that makes sense. Smiling So I'm constantly on the lookout for inflorescences to remove.
Name: Sweetwind
SF Bay Area (Zone 10b)
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Sweetwind
Aug 24, 2017 8:53 PM CST
That's a good plan of action for next bloom and I think I will cut it down, since I'd like it to work on its new leaves so it doesn't topple. I only have one of these right now and it was a really beautiful flower, so I enjoyed it. But as it's half-dead it might be time to snip it. If I make more plants though I will keep that in mind, and only let one of them go to town. I was also thinking it was very windy here and even that might have dislodged some of the leaves, causing them to domino - I am glad that it doesn't seem to be a water issue. Should I cut the flower off where it's naturally started to dry out or can I cut it further down? It sort of emerges from the tip of one of the leaves.

Thank you so much!
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Aug 24, 2017 10:32 PM CST

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Cut it where it's started to dry out now, or cut it off at the base (where it meets the stem). Either way.

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