succulent ID please

Sara GallupJuly 22, 2012

I recently inherited an overgrown & neglected succulent / cactus garden with my new house. I am a former apt dweller and am new to this whole gardening thing (but loving it so far), so any help and/or advice with identification, propagation, care, etc would be awesome :) Thanks!

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Kalnchoe baharensis. It can get some size.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 12:48PM
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Microthrix(9)

Yep, kalanchoe beharensis 'napoleans hat' ... i have one about 3 feet tall, can take full 100 degree heat and thrives ... yours looks like it developed a nice trunk (if thats what that is ) hope you enjoy petting it!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 3:24PM
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Sara Gallup

so, the shadow from another bigger plant is the reason he grows somewhat horizontally? Like he is chasing the sun? Would he be happier if I moved him to a spot with maximum hours of full sun?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:05PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Probably, but only if you increase its additional exposure gradually.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:16PM
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Dzitmoidonc(6)

Keep in mind this plant only keeps a few leaves at the top. It sheds the others as it grows. Don't think the plant is dying when the lower leaves dry. Also, like any Kalanchoe, they grow easily from a single good leaf so you can start new ones when the first one gets leggy.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:37PM
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Sara Gallup

Do you propagate from leaf same as with cuttings? i.e. cut leaf close to attachment point as possible, allow to callous, place in soil, and wait for roots to develop?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:42PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

If given the environment it likes, it can attain some size. Check out the google images. They can get way above your head.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:44PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

The plantlette will form on the leaf edge. keep it misted.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:45PM
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