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May 10, 2018 1:30 PM CST

Hi there. my plant is abandoning me and I want to salvage her. She started losing all her leaves at once, and today the stem folded in two.

My question is: if I cut the top section and replant it, will it have a chance to grow roots? A friend told me this can only happen if you replant it from a leaf.

Any advice appreciated.

Thanks all!
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May 10, 2018 1:40 PM CST
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Yes, you can start a new plant from the rosette and/or the leaves. Make the cut so that you leave about half an inch (1cm) of naked stem below the rosette. Leave the cutting in a well ventilated place out of the sun for a few days to heal and then plant it so the rosette is on top of the soil and the exposed stem is pushed into the soil. Wait a week to water.

Use fast draining soil (like bagged cactus mix or regular potting soil with 25-50% perlite or pumice mixed in). Make sure the new pot has holes at the bottom. It should be wider than deep and not a whole lot wider than the rosette. Provide strong light. Indoors that would be right next to your sunniest window, outdoors that would be in bright shade or filtered light, not direct overhead sun. Water well (until water comes out the holes in the bottom) when the soil has dried out at depth, not much sooner.

Use the same approach to root leaves. Lay them on top of the soil, not buried. I like to start a bunch in one pot to cover my odds, then when the baby rosettes are about the size of the original leaf, or maybe a bit larger, I consider separating them. You want them to be well rooted and independent at that point. Up until they have proper roots they are completely dependent on the mother leaf for all their water and nutrients.
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May 11, 2018 4:04 PM CST

Thank you Baja for this great explanation. you are a star!
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May 12, 2018 10:52 AM CST
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Welcome!
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May 13, 2018 9:18 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
I want to expound on what Baja said- and return to the fact we're rooting pieces of a plant that was on a downward spiral- something was wrong that caused your plant to collapse- so doing the same thing will not cause the pieces to rejuvenate- probably overwatering or not enough light.

Only crunch pieces will root- anything soggy or blackened has to be cut off- make sure you have nice healthy crisp green blue edges on a stem- let it callous (as per Baja)


Your location isn't listed - nor if you kept it indoors or out- both of those things will help us give you tips that are right for you.
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