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KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,819
My Aeonium cuttings are coming along nicely since last Autumn.  I read that you need to pinch out the top leaves, to encourage them to branch out.  Is this correct, or will they naturally branch out if I just leave them?  I think I understand what needs to be done to pinch out the top leaves, to encourage branching, but cannot find any photos of this on the Internet.  Does anyone have any photos showing how to do this correctly?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,281
    If you cut the top off and use it as a cutting, the lower bit will produce more shoots. I usually only do it when the stem is lanky, to rejuvenate it.
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,819
    I have already made cuttings using that method, and these were taken from a multi-stem plant.  I now want those cuttings to branch into multi-stem plants.  There is only one flower on each of my cuttings (see photo), if I cut that off I will be left with a bare stem.  I read that you should pull off 10 petals from around the flower, and that then sends multiple branches out from that point, but I'd like to see a photo of what that looks like. Hope that makes sense.

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,523
    The new shoots/heads will appear on the bare stem so decapitation is the only way.
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,819
    Thanks everyone, I am off to decapitate them now!  
  • Keep us posted as to what happens!
    Thanks everyone, I am off to decapitate them now!  
    Try one first, see if it sprouts or dies !
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