Propogating Succulent Update = 9 Weeks Later
On February 27th of this year, I blogged about the first steps to propagating my succulents. You can read the post and how I got into succulents here.
In that post I showed how I took clippings from my stretched succulents with the advice from Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine. I was super skeptical of my progress and remained so for many weeks.
The above picture was taken four days after I had clipped the leaves off and was preparing to lay them on soil to start growing again. I had my special cactus and succulent soil, a pot with no drainage hole (not that it's a necessity) and water.
How lovely my arrangement looked! I didn't know which way I should turn them but I really didn't think it would matter in this case, so I laid them flush with the soil. Cassidy Tuttle has pictures where she has laid hers out in bread pans and other rustic looking things that really compliments the green.
Here is what they look like after 9 weeks. Kind of bad, huh? I have lost a few on the journey to trying to figure out how much sun and water they need. At first I tried to give them sunlight a few hours a day from the window but I soon realized it was scorching them. Tuttle says to water them when the soil is dry so I have been steadily misting them with a spray bottle twice a day. And yet they seem squishy, as if they are getting too much water. I am still working on that one.
After four weeks I didn't see a sign of growing. Then five weeks passed and there still was no sign. I was afraid the project was a bust. But then I noticed a tiny green leaf on one of my graptoveria and a red root on one of my sedum adolphii. I was overjoyed! After long last!
Take a closer look. Aren't they super adorable?!! My green thumb isn't lost after all! Most of the clippings that remain have either roots or leaves.
The crassula, on the other hand, remain indifferent. They don't die or rot but neither do they grow. I've wondered if they don't propagate the same way as the others. Recently I put the ends deeper in the soil instead of laying them on top but I really need to do some research instead of just guessing.
I was impatient because Tuttle said she saw signs of growth at 4 weeks and I didn't. But my youngest brother was quick to remind me that things around here always seem to take longer than experts suggest. And he was right.
However, growth seems a little slower for my parent plants. The graptoveria surprisingly has no signs of new growth, in complete opposite to the clippings. The sedum adolphii have small leaves growing from the sides and the crassula are growing from the center. They look so pitiful, though, poor things.
I've always thought the crassula resembles the split rock. Notice the gash on the upper leaf? I did that when I was cutting the top of the plant off. Terrible, isn't it? But those babies look so cute! It looks as though two new plants are coming from them. This should probably give me a clue as to how the clippings would propagate.
But all in all, I am happy to see the new growth. The "murdering" I did to the parent plants was not a waste. I can't wait to see what they will be in another few months.
Take a look at these cuties! I finally got my Hens and Chicks. Last time we were caring for our neighbor's cat I noticed he had a strawberry pot full of them, so I asked my neighbor for a cutting. It was so sweet of him! Now I don't have to buy my own, which I was putting off since funds are low.
I plan to get a few mini clay pots, paint them, and then transplant these clippings in them. If you read my last post on the Mexican Textiles Painted Pot, you will know that my first attempts at getting a pot for them kind of failed. I should have realized the pot was going to be too big. But I guess I was not thinking too well. Well, no worries, I have a pot for my tree, and can try some new designs on the pots I get for my Hens and Chicks.
That's it for an update. Have you had any experience with succulent growing? Have you tried propagating them? Share your thoughts in my comment section below!