Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Things that shouldn't happen, but did

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 20, 2018 12:24 PM CST
Impulsively, I stuck this cut stem (well, broken, technically, I was in a hurry) in this jar of water a couple months ago. Wanted to save it but really didn't want even 1 more pot to water and the existing pots were full. Not supposed to work, should have ended in a rotten mess by now. But wow, has this been easy to tend... glance @ occasionally & admire. I added a little more water once. In about 6 weeks, it can go in the ground outside again. I think it will still be fine by then.

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Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. It laid in a cardboard box from the time it was harvested until the next day.

I'm so intrigued, I'm going to try more of this. I am not making a recommendation that others should rely on this for propagating their plants, just reporting an interesting thing that has happened. I have a TON of these for unconventional experiments.

Most stems were potted regularly.
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Well, sort of. In pots of soil anyway, though not necessarily in the top.
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What have you done, impulsively or otherwise, that shocked you when it ended well?





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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jan 21, 2018 4:14 PM CST
Same for me, my graptoveria 'Fred Ives' (which was orphaned so I took) was extremely etiolated so I thought hey let's plop it in some water and see what happens, and it LOVES IT!
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Also, I constantly knock off parts of my Wandering Jew accidentally, so I stick them in water also and they are doing great!

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Frenchy21
Jan 21, 2018 6:44 PM CST
@purpleinopp I also put Kalanchoe blossfeldiana cuttings in water and they root rather quickly. Mine stayed healthy all summer as long as I kept changing the water occasionally. They look very pretty in interesting bottles or jars. Smiling

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I plan to try with other succs that I need to cut back. Sticking tongue out

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Feb 17, 2018 11:18 AM CST
Fantastic! I have not changed the water, but I did add a little more a couple times. Now blooming!

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Apr 6, 2018 12:17 PM CST
I wanted to see what would happen if I put this propagated leaf where the roots could go into soil. The mama leaf is so heavy, it would not stay in place, so I stuck a clip on the bottle & used a piece of foil to keep the leaf in place. I think the new foliage will be big enough to remove the clip & foil soon. Can you see the roots in the water?

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Apr 18, 2018 7:27 AM CST
The mama leaf is almost spent. I gave it a tug yesterday but it's not quite ready to let go. The plantlets (I think there are 2) are big enough to not fall into the bottle. This will be fun to watch. I plan to leave them in water indefinitely, to see what happens, though may need to move them to a vessel with a wider opening at some point.
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