What are you doing to do with your elongated succulents? You might wonder why they elongate. They 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 and they can even turn and bend toward a source of the light.
What happen to succulents when lack of sunlight
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. 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 elongate 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 matte how much sunlight you provide. The good news is that the colors can revert back from green to colorful ones with enough sunlight.
How can you propagate succulents faster
The best news is that you can start propagating using your elongated succulents and you can propagate faster in four different ways. You can propagate the well-rooted ones from the stems from the leaves and from the rosette on top.
First of all, behead or cut 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 which can easily kill the succulents. At the same time, water only when the soil is completely dry.
Air dry succulents
Another way to propagate is through their leaves. 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 is 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 and keep them moist by misting them every day or every other day. Likewise with your fresh cuttings, you do not 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 and 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. After you removed all the rosettes and all the leaves, start to propagate them and you will notice many babies after several months. This is how you can multiply your succulent collection rapidly without spending a lot of money.