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How do you keep succulents from getting leggy?

How do you keep succulents from getting leggy?

These are tips on how to keep your succulents from getting leggy. You might wonder why they grow tall. Succulents elongate because they do not receive enough sunlight and this is common when the succulents are grown indoors or placed in the shade as they search for sunlight.

They can grow taller and longer. Succulents can even turn and bend toward a source of the light. The leaves can start to spread out and have more space in between and sometimes the leaves become lighter and smaller than usual. Lack of enough sunlight can cause the succulents to revert back to green or lose the bright colors.

Why do some succulents require more sunlight?

The ones with the brightest colors of orange, yellow, red, purple and pink do not really do well indoors. In fact, they are the fastest to get leggy because colorful ones require more bright direct sunlight than what indoors can offer. The bad news is that once they elongate, you cannot revert them back to the usual shape no matter how much sunlight you provide. The good news is that the colors can revert back from green to colorful ones with enough sunlight. The best news is that you can start propagating using your elevated succulents and you can propagate faster in four different ways.

How to propagate your succulents fast?

You can propagate from the well-rooted ones from the stems from the leaves and from the rosette on top. Start by beheading or cutting the top part of your succulents or the rosette. You can plant the fresh cuttings directly into the soil but do not water them for seven to ten days. Do not expose them to direct sunlight at this time also because they are not yet stable so they can easily get sunburned or they can dry up even before producing their own roots.

Use a container with a hole and a welding soil if you want to avoid over watering them. Overwatering can easily kill the succulents. At the same time, water only when the soil is completely dry.

Another way to propagate is through their leaves to remove them. Simply wiggle them from side to side until it snaps from the stem. Make sure that the end that is connected to the stem is intact. That’s where the new babies are going to grow. You air dry them for three to five days or until the tip is calloused. Then you can lay them flat on the soil. Keep them moist by misting them every day or every other day. Same with your fresh cuttings, you don’t expose them to direct sunlight at this time because they can also get sunburned or the leaves can dry out even before the babies and the roots come out.

Next you can propagate from the stems you air dry them until the tips are calloused. Then you plant them into the soil. It might take several weeks but your patience will be rewarded by several babies coming out from the area where you pluck the leaves. Lastly you can propagate from the well rooted ones. These are the reasons why you can multiply your collections rapidly without spending a lot of money.

Tara Joy
A plant lover who loves nature and likes to share gardening tips.
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