What causes the splitting?

PaulaZJune 14, 2014

I bought what I thought were healthy Baby Toes but 2 days later this is what I see. I repotted the poor thing in a clay pot with a mix of C&S soil/perlite/greensand. I did water it the next day very sparingly. it is sitting in west window. Help is appreciated as I am a novice and need it!

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KittieKAT

ISN'T it funny how WE ALL think we've found the best of the bunch AND finally when we calm down get home AND inspect EVERY imperfection drives us maaaaad!!! Wish i knew the answer to this question i honestly think it's from too much water that they expand beyond THERE capacity of their fleshy little bodies and tear apart, but that's just a guess. Hope u find the answer you're looking for. Goodluck

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 8:15PM
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KittieKAT

ISN'T it funny how WE ALL think we've found the best of the bunch AND finally when we calm down get home AND inspect EVERY imperfection drives us maaaaad!!! Wish i knew the answer to this question i honestly think it's from too much water that they expand beyond THERE capacity of their fleshy little bodies and tear apart, but that's just a guess. Hope u find the answer you're looking for. Goodluck

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 8:16PM
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PaulaZ

Still looking for expert advice about my TOES! A couple have withered at soil line while I see new growth on a couple. BUT I have another one that split?????

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 6:38PM
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spapa

I've never grown baby toes, but I will say that on some plants splitting is a sign of overwatering. Withering at the soil line also could be a sign of root rot which comes from overwatering. About how often are you watering right now? Baby toes need very little water, even less than other types of succulents.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 8:10PM
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eaglerider(5)

Yep, overwatering

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 4:14PM
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Sundewd(9B)

These shouldn't be watered until they shrivel and begin to collapse. Most of these mesembs split when given too much water.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 4:21PM
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PaulaZ

Thank you all.... this is my 2nd attempt at them. Both bought at Lowes and soaking wet when I got them. First one didn't take long to just rot at soil line. So bought this one. Only $2.98.... so decided a 2d chance was warranted. I went this morning to AgWay Farm Supply and got chicken grit. Mixed 1/3 C&S soil/1/3 grit & 1/3 perlite.Gently unpotted the baby and spritzed the roots clean. let them dry out for 2 hrs and repotted. Did NOT water and placed out on patio out of direct sun. THIS IS MY FINAL ATTEMPT AT PEDIATRIC PODIATRY!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 4:59PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hope they take off for you and do well!!
These are one type of plants I just will not buy from a Big Box store. If you really like them and want to try again, find a nursery, greenhouse, or mail order maybe. They just don't get proper care at a place like lowes.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 5:52PM
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PaulaZ

Thank you JoJo.... I have never gotten any plants via mail order. So it is a better choice than buying what I see? Hmmm do nurseries guarantee quality on arrival? I don't trust ths postal service..LOL

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 6:47PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

I honestly don't know what kind of arrival guarantee they may have. I have ordered many cactus and succulents with good results, but not this type of plant yet. There is a place here in my town that specializes in them, I will get you the link a little later and you can take a look / email/ call them with questions.

I just know with places like lowe's they are in death trap soil, and watered/ cared for carelessly.

Sounds like you got yours squared away and headed in the right direction though.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 7:01PM
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DavidL.ca

Agreed, although sometimes RONA has some nice choice of succulents, but very selected stores. The only place with decent succulent and seems to be in good shape and okay-soil is IKEA.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 7:43PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Here's the link. I am planning to get by there this fall. They are only 20 min. from my house and that could get expensive. lol..

Another very reputable mail order source is Miles to go.

Here is a link that might be useful: Living stones nursery

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 7:51PM
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