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KiraPienaar
Sep 14, 2017 6:33 AM CST
While we were walking one day I spotted what I believed is a echeveria lady aquarius. It was quite large and made two stalks with what looked like two "smaller" ones (like in the photo). I couldn't help myself so picked one off. I thought it would start making roots, but its been about a month now and there is nothing. Is there anyone with advice on this situation?
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DaisyI
Sep 14, 2017 10:41 AM CST
The only way it will root is if you put it in some soil. If there is a stem, bury the stem. If no stem, place the bottom on some soil and wait. Keep it barely moist until you know its rooting (you will know that because it will start to grow new leaves).

I hope this wasn't someone's prized plant.
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Baja_Costero
Sep 14, 2017 12:14 PM CST
Are you sure you didn't remove inflorescences? It can be hard to tell flowers from offsets early on. Did they have a long stem? Was it pointed up or sideways? In any case you should try to be patient when rooting a rosette. Here's how I do it.

To root offsets in soil... find a container with holes at the bottom that is wider than deep, roughly the right size for the plant, and fill it partway or all the way with fast draining soil. You can put both in the same pot if you like. I like to mix in an equal volume of pumice to make sure the soil drains well. Poke the bottom of the stem into the soil but do not bury it below the level of the first leaf. Usually you can stabilize it there with a couple of strategically placed rocks on either side if it's tippy. It's generally a bad idea to bury a lot of succulent stem (risk of rot) so try to avoid that.

Put the pot in a bright place which does not get much direct sun. Indoor sun is not direct because regular window glass filters out much of the harmful UV rays, so indoor sun is fine in moderation. Outside, filtered light should be fine but I like bright shade, like right by a sunny area but out of the sun. Water well then wait a week or two to water again (depends on how fast the soil dries out, which in turn depends on the weather etc.) and then treat it like a normal succulent. Which is to say water well then wait until the soil is drying out to water again. The plant will not drink any water until it has roots, so don't go overboard.

And be patient. It can take a couple of months for the magic to happen. Best to leave the plants alone during this period. It will be evident when the rosette has rooted because it will start growing again on top. At that point just track the growth of the new plant until it is ready for a new and bigger pot. At that time you can consider ramping up the sun.

If what you have are inflorescences, they are likely to root and then flower without giving rise to a new plant. It should become obvious soon enough what's up. It is possible to grow a new rosette from a leaf on an inflorescence (happy to explain in detail if and when that might be relevant) but you have to remove it intact, with all the base still attached, which might require carving. Smiling
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HamiltonSquare
Sep 17, 2017 4:51 PM CST
Just came across this difficult to find thread and thought this photo of old inflorescence stalks may be helpful. They have never been as "leafy" as Kira's item. I tip my hat to you.
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HamiltonSquare
Oct 11, 2017 10:32 PM CST
Just notice this new flower stem coming on E. 'Lady Aquarius' that you can compare with.
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