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Jules41Jules41 Posts: 178
I have an echeveria that has grown a very long stem that can no longer support the top. Can I save it? Thanks 

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,857
    If you pull off all the dead leaves, very often there are roots coming out between them. You can cut off the excess stem and reroot the top. Also they usually form  new rosettes which can be detached and rooted easily in gritty compost.
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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
    Depends how brave you are!
    Scared - pot it into a long tom pot with the soil only up to where it is now. Fill the rest of the pot with gravel up to the head thereby covering the long stem. The head should be resting at the top of the pot.
    Brave - cut off the head leaving about an inch and a half of stem. Leave for a day out of sun to callous over. Place in pot of very gritty compost somewhere shady, and keep moist. It should grow new roots. Keep the old stem and it may grow from the cut end. 
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  • Jules41Jules41 Posts: 178
    Yes, I can see the little roots! That's great,  thanks for that 😀😀😀
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,497
    With a stem that bendy you could just weigh the top down until it touches soil and it will root itself. It's probably getting leggy like that because it's not getting enough light.

    I have a similar plant which I dropped recently. Luckily the damage seems to have caused it to throw out side shoots and the broken leaves are putting on roots and shots now suspended with the tip hanging in water.
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  • Jules41Jules41 Posts: 178
    I followed your advice- it's looking alot happier now 😀

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,497
    Looks nice. What method did you go for in the end?
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  • Jules41Jules41 Posts: 178
    I replanted it in a long rectangular pot and let the bendy part of the stem with little roots on touch the soil. Covered up the little roots and it it in full sun. Seems happy now 😊
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,857
    :)
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,497
    I might do the same with my bendy one then. I've been putting off dealing with it. :#
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  • Jules41Jules41 Posts: 178
    I wasn't brave enough to cut it off!😨
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