What to do with spent flowers?

foureleven5(zone3-5)July 29, 2010

I have a variety of succulents outside.

Some get a long stem on them that flower

(usually on the ends).

After they flower the plant seems to be in distress.

Can I cut these stems and reroot them?

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cactusmcharris

A picture is worth a thousand words, but if I understand you correctly (you want to try to root flower stalks/stems and turn them into plants) the answer is almost always not - there are only a few plants that grow offsets/plantlets on their flower stalk.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 9:48AM
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norma_2006

Dead head them, like you would a pansy. It then has the strength and message that you don't want those seeds to develope, and perhaps have another flowering. Not all cactus do this, Echinopsis is one that I can think of. Some only flower once a year, Jeff gave you excellent instructions do what he says. Norma

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 12:56PM
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foureleven5(zone3-5)

Ok I would love to post a pic, but it's been awhile since I posted on here. How do I do it? To confusing reading about 'how to'.
Thank you for your interest. I do have pics of these plants.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 12:56PM
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cactusmcharris

Grab the HTML code (the a href.... stuff) from your photo-hosting site and post it in the body of your message - you should be able to see the picture when you hit preview. For more explicit instructions, do a search at Garden Web - somewhere here is a post called 'Posting Pictures'.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 4:02PM
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foureleven5(zone3-5)

This one needs the most help.
It's getting leggy, and not looking so well.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 10:18AM
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foureleven5(zone3-5)

Love my blue ones. Now you see the shoots coming up?
Can these be trimmed and rooted?
Or just cut them off?
ty
I am trying to post pictures, be patient, once I get it
I'll be set. We will see if this worked.

http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2235810190104291856mnLzSc?vhost=home-and-garden

Here is a link that might be useful: Blue succulent

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 10:56AM
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norma_2006

Cut them off and toss them, you really don't want the energy of the plant trying to produce fertile seeds. The plant will start growing after the flowers come off if they are summer growers. Pansy is a good example of this, you must dead head them to get longer stems, and larger flowers and the plant will have the energy to produce more flowers. There there may be exceptions. (Disclamer) Norma

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 10:31PM
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