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SJade
Nov 30, 2017 1:03 PM CST
I have a mules ear plant that was doing well for over a year. The plant is big & growing like crazy but the stalk is too heavy & even bracing it doesn't help. It's bowing over & the huge leaves on the bottom are breaking off. I don't know what to do for it. It's in a big pot & has a nice sunny window. Help ?
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plantmanager
Nov 30, 2017 1:34 PM CST
Welcome to NGA! There are a number of plants with the common name of 'mule's ear', so it would help if you could show us a photo of your plant.
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Gordon, NE
SJade
Nov 30, 2017 2:30 PM CST
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plantmanager
Nov 30, 2017 2:35 PM CST
Thanks, I'm not sure what it is from the photos. It vaguely resembles one of my Kalanchoes. Let's wait for the experts to see it.
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greene
Nov 30, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Looks like a K. millotii...but the images in the database are not too helpful for this one.
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sallyg
Dec 1, 2017 6:13 AM CST
Ditto to Kalanchoe, like millotii.
My first thought (guess) would be that it may need brighter light than what it had, to keep a strong stem and compact growth, and careful watering to avoid root rot.
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purpleinopp
Dec 1, 2017 7:47 AM CST
It looks like a 'Fang' to me. A full sun plant. I can't tell from the pics why it is unhappy.
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DaisyI
Dec 1, 2017 11:30 AM CST
Could you back up a step and post a photo of the whole plant, including pot?
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Gordon, NE
SJade
Dec 2, 2017 10:21 AM CST

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terrafirma
Dec 2, 2017 10:25 AM CST
Reminds me of... Felt Plant (Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang') too.
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Baja_Costero
Dec 2, 2017 10:33 AM CST
That is how the plant normally grows, within limits. It tends to wander a bit anyway. Provide as much light as possible (right in front of the window) for the most compact growth. You can start a new plant from an intact leaf (place on top of soil so the base is touching the soil) or you could prune the plant and start a new one from the cutting. Maybe wait until spring to make any moves, since the light is better then.
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purpleinopp
Dec 2, 2017 12:31 PM CST
If the light remains strong enough, it could be stiffly upright, with a woody trunk over time. Spacing of the leaves in sufficient light to remain upright is to have very little distance between nodes.

'Fang' is to the left. (And note, sand sticks in the leaves and does not wash away.)
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The one coming out of the top of this pot developed a lean a couple winters ago, but has been going upright since.
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If it was my plant, I would try to give it as much light as possible (as close to a window where the sun shines directly on the plant for as long as possible, per day), as said, until spring, then cut off the leaning part & stick it back in the soil in an upright position. Let it dry overnight before sticking back in. The stump should grow a new stem (or more than one) and the result will be more sturdy, upright entities.

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sallyg
Dec 2, 2017 7:49 PM CST
there's a new thread now, plant lost leaves after move
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