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How do I save my leggy succulents?

Last Updated: 17th January, 2020

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How do you keep succulents from getting leggy?
  1. Make sure they are receiving adequate sunlight, whether indoors or outdoors.
  2. Indoor succulents are more likely to get leggy.
  3. Make sure they are not being blocked by taller plants in a planter.
  4. Rotate the pot so all the plants in the planter get adequate sunlight.

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Herein, how do you transplant a leggy succulent?

What to Do with Leggy Succulents

  1. Remove leaves.
  2. Let leaves dry.
  3. Repot the stem.
  4. Get ready to grow.
  5. Spray soil until it's moist, without being drenched.
  6. Wait.
  7. Replant.
  8. Lastly, be sure to check the roots every six months to see if you need to move your plants to a bigger pot.

Also, how do you prune overgrown succulents? Examine the leaves on the stem you plan to prune to determine where you should cut the stem. Find a leaf or leaf node that is pointed in the direction you want the stem to grow, then cut the stem just above this spot. The new growth at the pruning spot will branch in the direction of the leaf or leaf node.

Keeping this in view, can you cut the top off a succulent and replant it?

There is a way to get back to a tight, compact garden again. Start by cutting off the top of the succulent using sharp scissors (I love, love, love this pair! Once the end of the cutting has calloused over (dried out completely and looks “scabbed”) you can plant it in soil and begin watering it.

Can I cut a succulent that is too tall?

Rooting Leggy Succulent Plants Let the part you cut off callus on the end for a couple of days. If the cutting is very tall – more than 5 inches (1.27 cm.) – you can cut it again into a more manageable size. Let each cut end dry out before planting.

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Can you pinch back succulents?

When to prune
Succulents generally do best if they are pruned at the beginning of their growing season, however, you can prune anytime. If you prune toward the end of the growing season you may not see new growth as quickly but it will happen slowly and pickup once they start actively growing again.

Doua Ugena

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Do plants like to be touched?

A new study out of the La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food has found that most plants are extremely sensitive to touch, and even a light touch can significantly stunt their growth, reports Phys.org.

Holly Ezequiel

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Why is my succulent growing a long stem?

Kalanchoes tend to grow long stems and as do many other fleshy succulents. Once a succulent stem gets bare the leaves won't grow back on it. You need to cut it back and propagate by stem cuttings or have it rejuvenate from the base (the piece of stem & roots still in the soil).

Ammar Lindenmaier

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Why are my succulents falling over?

The most common reason is watering issues. Too much water can cause the leaves to swell, become soft and mushy, and eventually fall off. Leaves that fall off from overwatering appear wet and mushy, and the stem may appear puffy. Remedy: Withhold watering until the top inch of the soil feels dry.

Yoro Tillner

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Do succulents get bigger?

Plants grown out of leaves, baby plants or cuttings tend to grow slower than already established plants. Some succulents also have a tendency to grow large, no matter where they are placed.

Garegin Abalkin

Pundit

How often should succulents be watered?

How often to water and fertilize: While growing, cacti and succulents should be watered at least once a week. Some people water more often than this. During each watering, give the soil a good soaking, so that water runs out of the 'drainage holes' of the pots.

Cristinela Queguiner

Pundit

Why is my succulent growing a flower?

Answer: The flower blooms from Echeverias do take some nutrients from the plant, however they won't cause it to grow leggy. Some succulents only bloom once in their lifetime though, and in this case, a bloom means the mother plant is finished growing and will die after blooming.

Duberney Rosario

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Can you trim a succulent?

And though most succulents can seal off damaged parts, it is always good to quickly remove broken, diseased, or dead leaves, stems and flower stalks. Because new growth typically sprouts near the end of cut ends, simply prune stems to where you want new growth to emerge.

Jugatx Murphy

Teacher

Why are the bottom leaves of my succulent dying?

While dead leaves at the bottom of your succulent are perfectly healthy, dead leaves on the upper parts of new growth are a sign of a problem–usually over- or under-watering. If your plant's leaves are starting to look yellow and transparent, and feel soggy or mushy to the touch, it's likely suffered from overwatering.

Sharmin Tappel

Teacher

How long do succulents last after cutting?

Whether you're using a broken stem or a leaf, simply allow the end of the piece to dry out for five to seven days.

Suso Nikolay

Teacher

Can succulents come back to life?

Succulents are typically well-suited to indoor living. They can even adapt to less-than-ideal conditions and tolerate a little bit of neglect. Still, no succulent can survive in subpar conditions forever. Most sickly succulents come back to life with a few simple changes to their environment or care routine.

Ildefonso Wiehmert

Reviewer

How long do succulents live?

By understanding the basic core needs of succulent plants, you can expect to have them with you for many years. The lifespan will depend on the type of succulent you have. Some greenhouse succulents can live for decades, while others may enjoy a 6 or 8 year lifespan with proper care.

Ablaye Matsoukis

Reviewer

Can I cut the top off my cactus?

Answer: Yes you can cut the top off of the cactus and plant it. Beyond the standard procedures of cutting you should soak the cut portion (the part you plant to put under the ground) with super thrive once the cut is HEALED!

Luise Pechero

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How do you get succulents to bloom?

The majority of succulents need intense light in order to bloom so that they can photosynthesise enough food from the sun to start flowering. If you want to make your succulent flower, it's best to keep it by an eastern or southern window where they will get plenty of sunlight for this purpose.