planticulture: Despite the daily drizzles my …

planticulture:

Despite the daily drizzles my succulents are actually thrivinggg!

jetblacktplants: Stevie and Heihei

jetblacktplants:

Stevie and Heihei

los-plantalones: It’s like a crazy octopus I …

los-plantalones:

It’s like a crazy octopus I CANNOT 🐙😍

so-chan-unfiltered: Some of my babies!

so-chan-unfiltered:

Some of my babies!

Regular

seattlesucculents:

Sempervivum

markunsan: Sempervivum

markunsan:

Sempervivum

Regular

succygirl:

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Hi! I could use some advice for my succulent. I think it’s an echeveria and it’s like 2 or so years old but recently its grown A LOT. There are several new growth (two at the base of it, and the two stemming off of it) plus in that one branch to the right, there are several other branches within it.

I’m just curious if this is normal for an echeveria to grow like this? Should I keep trying to support it so it “stands” a little? Thank you so much for any advice you have 😭

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That is an Echeveria! It’s an Echeveria ‘Lola’ in fact! I have one myself and she’s my favorite. 🙂

It IS normal for them to get kind of long like that but usually not so fast, this is doing it so fast because it wants more light. Do you see how much stem you can see between the leaves? And how those leaves are down turned? That’s a sign of etiolation, it stretching for light. I can even see the periods of winter where it was getting even less light and it stretched more than the rest. Getting Echeveria enough light indoors is a toughy, but it looks like it’s doing really well besides that!! 

Some of those stems you’re seeing coming off of it are actually flower stalks! The lower ones are probably babies (though I can’t see them) but the two stems I see in this picture are deffo flower stalks. 

In most cases with Echeveria that have grown like this people usually behead and reroot the tops to kind of “reset” them. If you love how it looks and want to keep it this way it’s totally cool to just keep supporting it and letting it do it’s thing. But if it’s getting out of hand and you want to try and get it back under control or just would like the look better as a compact rosette than beheading is the way to go! Even with beheading it will eventually return to being lanky like this if not given more light. Some people are totally fine with that and go through a routine of after every winter where they’ve gotten stretched they just behead it and kind of start over. For whatever reason they can’t give the plant more light and/or they can’t/don’t want to buy a grow light and that’s perfectly fine. It won’t harm the plant at all to stretch (but in my opinion they’re just prettier when they don’t!).

Here is my Lola:

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I’ve had her about a year, I believe, and in lots of bright light so she’s never stretched at all. I do expect her to get tall eventually (It’ll take several years though) but I’ll never see her stem because of how much light she’s getting. You can also see her flowers, which you’ll soon be getting some yourself! They start off a bit pinker usually and you can see the progress if you look at my “Echeveria Lola” tag.

For beheading you basically just chop it somewhere. Kind of look at the plant and figure out where you’d like the bottom of your plant be, where it’s bottom leaves would rest on the dirt. Then you’re going to want to cut an inch or two BELOW that point. Any leaves that are in between where you want it to sit and your cut should be removed. You want a bit of stem so you can put that part in soil and it’ll keep the plant stable. Some people don’t do any stem at all and just have the very bottom cut be where the roots come out but I like a little bit of stem. So either way works. Make sure whatever you’re cutting with is SHARP and CLEAN. Sharp so it’s a clean cut and clean so it doesn’t get infected with anything. Soap/water, maybe a bit of alcohol sprayed on it, will clean it.

Once you’ve done your cut don’t plant it right away!! Leave it out to dry for a day at least, maybe two. You want the wound to callus over, kind of like we scab over when we get cut. Leave it laying in indirect light while it’s callusing. Once it’s callused you can either keep leaving it laying around or put it in some soil. Either way it will grow roots. You don’t want to be giving it ANY water while it’s rootless!! Once there’s roots you can start watering but not until!! 

Now, for the rest of the plant that got it’s head cut off…. it will keep growing!! Lots of babies will grow on it now that it’s main growing point has been removed! You can removed almost all of the leaves from it if you’d like and you can grow them, but I would leave a few leaves on the stem itself so it can keep photosynthesizing. Keep watering it like normal and in time pups will form all up the stem. Eventually all the babies on the stem will get big enough to be removed, just like getting beheaded, and they can be given away or kept, you’ll just have an army of tiny Lolas to do whatever you want with.

That’s pretty much it! They may want to cut off the flower stalks when you’re beheading so that the plant focuses it’s energy into growing roots and not flowers. You can also wait for the flowers to finish before beheading (though it can take a few months to do that, those flowers you see on my Lola up there started 3 months ago for example), it’s up to you.

Again, you don’t have to behead, I’m just giving instructions in case you do 🙂

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ruthbancroftgarden: Stenocactus (Echinofossul…

ruthbancroftgarden:

Stenocactus (Echinofossulocactus)

This is the height of the Stenocactus flowering season, with numerous plants in bloom now. Pictured are three of these. The first is Stenocactus ochoterenanus, with magenta-purple flowers, form northeastern to east-central Mexico. The second is Stenocactus vaupelianus, with pale yellow flowers, from east-central Mexico. The third was received without a name, but seems to be a form of Stenocactus obvallatus, a variable species also from east-central Mexico. It has white flowers with a purple stripe down the middle of each petal, and incredibly long spines (the final photo is looking down into the middle to zoom in on the flowers). Echinofossulocactus is a synonym of Stenocactus, and plants are often grown under this genus-name.

-Brian

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