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Name: Jasmine
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Jas84
Sep 12, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Hi- I have a string of Buttons succulent (crassula perforata variegata.. I think), and it's my first one. I've had it for quite a few months now and over that time span there have been a few mishaps- i.e. tips that have fallen off & leaves that didn't make it. I've so far successfully re rooted the lost tops yet haven't had any luck with propagating leaves, that's besides the point though. My question is about this new growth I just noticed. It's on one of the stems that's attached to another stem. It's coming out of one side of an old leaf site. I lost the leaves there a few months ago and just assumed that the spot would remain bare and that, if lucky enough, maybe a new leaf would grow (although, I have no idea if new leaves ever replace the lost ones on this kind of plant, no harm in hoping though!). This new growth is white with pink borders. It appears to have 4 tiny leaves, with little spikes on the edge of the two biggest ones. While this new development excites me, it's also a little concerning. I have to wonder if this is a bad sign, like, say.. some kind of pretty, adorable fungus or something. I've never seen a baby string of Buttons before- maybe when they're really little they start off looking like this, and I only wonder that because some of the babies I've propagated off of other succulents leaves began as pink and turned green as they grew. (Sorry, I'm clearly a novice & still very unfamiliar with plants) Even if that's the case, I have to wonder how it looks like an entire new plant has been "born" on the side of the stem, where an old leaf used to reside. Is this abnormal?.. or just part of the natural progression for this type of plant? I'm sorry for the length of this post, but this new little baby has me pretty excited, quite confused, and all around lost.. so I'm trying to convey as many points as I feel may be necessary in order to explain this. Chances are, I'm making a way bigger deal about this little thing than necessary, but I'm just very curious as to what it may be. Any help, advice, guidance, suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you- to whomever stuck through this nonsense for this long and offers any words of wisdom
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 12, 2017 6:59 PM CST
It looks as though your plant is growing one branch without any chlorophyll. It does happen once in awhile, especially in variegated plants. It may continue to grow white or it may start growing green.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Sep 12, 2017 7:52 PM CST
Yes, it may be unstable. It may also be more sensitive to direct overhead sun, if that's in the picture. In theory the variegated branch may live for quite a while since it can draw energy from the (green) rest of the plant.
Name: Jasmine
Greenville, NY (Zone 5a)
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Jas84
Sep 12, 2017 9:37 PM CST
Wow, very interesting. I wonder what causes that. I brought the plant outside for just a minute to take the pics, but it's actually an indoor plant. I do have it in a south facing windowsill though, do you think that's a bad idea? Too harsh for the white part? Thank you both so much for your answers!!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 12, 2017 9:55 PM CST
I wouldn't give your plant less light to help the white branch survive. If the plant is not healthy, the white branch won't survive anyway.

The branch is a "sport", a naturally occurring genetic mutation.
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tarev
Sep 13, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Jasmine, that looks so cute! Yes, they can regrow their leaves on those nodes, and at times especially if they are variegated they may do that somewhat bleached pinkish hue.

Seasons are gradually getting cooler, the preferred growing season of Crassulas. Smiling
Name: Jasmine
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Jas84
Oct 4, 2017 5:44 PM CST
I know I'm about three weeks late with the response, so I apologize for that. But thank you both for your advice and input! I'm very excited because that cute little pink spot has turned into a variegated green and white spot which has grown quite quickly since noticing it. In addition, there are two new stems emerging from the stem next to the one I showed the pics of!! Just giving a quick update in case anyone cares at all☺️ Thanks again!!
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Tisha
Oct 8, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Jasmine,
Thanks for the update. I learned so much from your thread. Congrats on your success.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 8, 2017 9:28 PM CST
Thumbs up I'd love to see an updated photo.
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Zencat
Oct 8, 2017 10:24 PM CST
I would, too!
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Baja_Costero
Oct 9, 2017 9:03 AM CST
Yes!
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Frenchy21
Oct 9, 2017 10:04 AM CST
I agree
Name: Jasmine
Greenville, NY (Zone 5a)
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Jas84
Oct 11, 2017 11:26 AM CST
I'm so glad to hear it, Tisha!! And thank you! I'm always happy to show off my plants, so here you go!! The first picture is of the spot I started the thread on- it's now green, white, and has grown considerably for the short period of time (I think so, anyway). The second picture is of the double stem (not sure of the correct terminology, so double stem it is) that's next to the one above. It has two new "heads" growing on it! And the third pic is of that same stem, it has new leaves emerging right beside another one, no leaves were missing or anything- it just popped up out of nowhere! I've had this for quite awhile now and haven't seen much action at all, but now they're all emerging at the same time. I'm very excited!! But I'm also attaching photos of one of the stems that's doing very poorly. I am lost as to why. For all I know, it could be a completely separate plant that just came in the same container, but I don't recall this one having more than one root ball when I repotted it. It could be, though. Either way, it's with the rest of them- receives the exact same sunlight, water, and overall treatment. The others are all noticeably growing & full of life. This one though is shriveling up and has these gross brown spots all over it. You can kind of see the difference in the last pic, where they're all together. It looks like it's definitely dying. If anyone has any ideas as to why this would happen and/or how to possibly salvage it, I'd really appreciate it. If not though, I'll just shut up and be happy about how we'll all the rest are doing!
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