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Jan 1, 2018 11:08 PM CST
Disclaimer...the photo used was pulled from google images as I was too lazy to walk into my kitchen and take the photo myself.
I'm having trouble with my sedum, it's leaves are popping off although it appears to be healthy and they are nice and full. I'm also having a terrible time propagating then from cuttings off of the parent plant and the leaves are falling off as well. Please help.
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Jan 2, 2018 4:10 AM CST
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The leaves are quite fragile and easily dislodge from the parent plant when handling the plant in any way..

Try propagating with just the leaves; lay some on a suitable medium until they develop tiny roots.. From a quick web-search here is one pictorial tutorial suggestion to work with...

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Jan 2, 2018 10:03 AM CST
Yes, if these plants get bumped by anyone passing by, they are likely to lose leaves. A picture of your actual plant may be helpful to determine if there is something more than that going on.

They are also going to lose leaves during the propagation of cuttings. First from being handled or bumped, and second when they are absorbing water from the leaves in order to survive being without roots for a while, sometimes they shrug off a few. When you grow a plant from a cutting, you can expect it to look a little sad until it has roots and can absorb water from the soil again. The change is temporary and as soon as the cutting has sprouted roots, it will power forward and grow like the mother plant. It is important to be patient during this process and not give up prematurely.

By all means save the leaves and sprinkle them on top of the soil if you would like to try propagating the plant from leaves. You should wait until they have sprouted a new rosette and that new rosette is the size of the original leaf or bigger before attempting to separate the baby plants. Give the leaves strong light but protect them from direct overhead sun (indoor sun is fine) during leaf propagations for best results. Leaf propagations require more protection and are generally more difficult & time consuming compared to propagations from cuttings.

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