Succulent Plants

Propagating succulents

Zone 29445 | Alaina added on October 12, 2019 | Answered

My succulent is starting to grow pretty tall. It gets plenty of sun and water. Can I cut the top part off to propagate it or do I have to pick the stems from the bottom? See pic attached.

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    Answered on October 14, 2019

    Those stems from the bottom are actually a totally different plant! I notice that you also have some of the portulaca growing with the grafted moon cactus in the back!

    What you can do (I wouldn't chop it in half) is take a leaf from the bottom, and set it next to the plant in the soil. It will eventually root, and grow a new shoot to become its very own plant! You can also wait until it send up a pup beside it. They will be able to be separated off and rooted separately as well.

    The reason that your Echeveria is getting so tall may be a lack of light. These plants are suited for full sun. This means at least 8 hours of direct sun per day. The more the better.

    There are many types of Echeveria. They all have very similar care. This article will help:

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