Not sure what to do with this! Ideas needed

Laura RobichaudDecember 11, 2012

This succulent had fallen behind a bench at this small garden enter near me. It was minus the pot. How should I break it up and pot it? Thanks in advance.

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Hi Laura.

If it were mine, I would cut each stem, leaving about 2 inches below each leaf bunch. Pop off solitary leaves. You can let each piece of Sedum pachyphyllum ;) heal for a few days before re-planting in a gritty mix.
The rooted stems will also continue to grow new heads after being cut.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 12:27AM
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I've found many a Crassulaceae (yours appears to be a Graptosedum or something so) behind / below a potting bench / shelf, rooted into the chin dribblings, as it were. You can see some Graptopetalum superbum leaves which have rooted into plants.

You can plunk him into C&S soil as is, loosen completely the soil around the root ball, or somewhere in between - it's up to your level of desired work. That's what's great about them, or should I say, another thing great about them.

Personally, I'd take the path of just a little resistance and shave the corners into half of what they are now and put it into well-draining soil. Water in a few days after repotting and away you should go.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 12:29AM
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Laura Robichaud

Thanks guys! I decided to get rid of the mix. It was an absolute brick. Cut off some heads and am letting them harden. I potted up what was left. It'll be interesting to see how that grows.

Thanks for the ID too. ;)

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 11:32AM
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Laura Robichaud

Just giving an update. This plant is loving the outside!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 11:54AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Ooo, your Sedum pachyphyllum is looking grand, Laura!

Thanks for the update!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 4:28PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Looks like that mix agrees w/ it as much as the lovely outdoors do. Lookin' good there Laura!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 4:34PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Very nice and clean work with those plants, Laura! :-)


    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 4:51PM
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Is that the same E Obesa ? Looking good as well

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 5:59PM
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Laura Robichaud

Thank you all! It really is loving it outside. Mrlike, yes, that's that crazy Obesa I have. It is growing and is, in the past week, putting out some blooms.

I'm ending up with too many plants. When winter comes, I'm going to have to find some foster homes until it's warm enough to put them outside again!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 1:54PM
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