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Name: Sandie
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Chicklady
Sep 24, 2018 6:06 PM CST
I was cleaning up a planter last week and I happened to find this cute little Semp that had started from a leaf that had fallen off. I have tried leaf propagation with no success. Just wondering if anyone else had had success. I understand it is quite easy with soft succulents. The only ones I have are the hardy sempervivum.
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Sep 24, 2018 9:08 PM CST

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It has been done, but it is not easy or reliable.
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Name: Sandie
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Chicklady
Sep 24, 2018 10:07 PM CST
Thanks Lynn,
I am sure glad I looked closely at it and didn't discard it! May be my only one!! Now if I can just keep it alive! Crossing Fingers!
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Sep 24, 2018 11:25 PM CST

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I would just lay the leaf on the potting soil and hopefully it will start sending roots out and down into the soil. Wishing you luck on this Sandie.
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gg5
Sep 24, 2018 11:57 PM CST
Nice Sandie!! I've tried this and have had mild luck, some do this better than others, I've had the best luck using Packardian leaves. One thing, now that the parent leaf is nearly dried, it'll be prone to rot as soon as moisture hits it. I have removed even tiny semps like in your photo, and placed on top of the chicken grit for it to root out
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PaleoTemp
Sep 25, 2018 12:28 AM CST
Would leaves from flower stalks be more reliable for propagation?
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cwhitt
Sep 25, 2018 7:48 AM CST
This is an interesting thread as I have just recently picked up a few leaves off the floor at Lowe's. A couple have rotted, but I still have a few that seem to be hanging in there. I just thought I would give it a try since those leaves were going to get squashed by foot traffic anyway. So I will be following the progress of your baby semp.
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Name: Sandie
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Chicklady
Sep 25, 2018 8:26 AM CST
valleylynn said:I would just lay the leaf on the potting soil and hopefully it will start sending roots out and down into the soil. Wishing you luck on this Sandie.

Lynn, that is what I've done. I'm watching it carefully to see how it does!
Name: Sandie
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Chicklady
Sep 25, 2018 8:27 AM CST
gg5 said:Nice Sandie!! I've tried this and have had mild luck, some do this better than others, I've had the best luck using Packardian leaves. One thing, now that the parent leaf is nearly dried, it'll be prone to rot as soon as moisture hits it. I have removed even tiny semps like in your photo, and placed on top of the chicken grit for it to root out
Good luck! Hurray!


Thanks Greg! Do you recommend that I remove the dead leaf now? I have it sitting on some moist potting soil right now. Would straight chick grit be better for it?
Name: Sandie
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Chicklady
Sep 25, 2018 8:29 AM CST
PaleoTemp said:Would leaves from flower stalks be more reliable for propagation?


I tried that and I have not seen any success. That's why I was so shocked that this leaf had propagated on it's own!! Hilarious!
Name: Sandie
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Chicklady
Sep 25, 2018 9:07 AM CST
This is what it looks like today. The leaf is almost crispy now.
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Sep 25, 2018 10:42 AM CST
Sandie, part of me feels like yes you should cut the old leaf off, but it would disturb the plant, so just use your judgement and notice if it gets mushy at all remove it ASAP Thumbs up Isn't it cute to see the baby plant off the end of the leaf! I tip my hat to you.

Name: Sandie
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Chicklady
Sep 25, 2018 11:32 AM CST
gg5 said:Sandie, part of me feels like yes you should cut the old leaf off, but it would disturb the plant, so just use your judgement and notice if it gets mushy at all remove it ASAP Thumbs up Isn't it cute to see the baby plant off the end of the leaf! I tip my hat to you.


Ok... I'll keep a close eye on it! Yes..I was so excited to find it. So glad I was watching closely... I could have easily discarded it without realizing what it was!! Been trying all summer to get a bunch of leaves to propagate and no luck...then this little cutie surprised me! Hurray!
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Sep 25, 2018 2:19 PM CST
Chicklady said:This is what it looks like today. The leaf is almost crispy now.
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I am obviously not the expert here, but I would say if the leaf is crispy, I would leave it, but if it is soggy rotten, then I would consider removing it.

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Bigtattoo
Sep 25, 2018 2:27 PM CST
I agree
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gg5
Sep 25, 2018 2:56 PM CST
Christie, yes agree, what I meant is that a crispy leaf can turn soggy easier than a live healthy leaf, and to remove it as soon as it gets soggy...I live in Seattle with lots of rain especially in spring and fall - so personally once there is a rosette established I cut the leaf away so there is no risk of rotting I tip my hat to you.

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