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Extricating succulents

KmehKmeh Posts: 151

Any advice on how to remove a succulent  (I think?) From the roots of an olive tree without doing damage to both?

Many thanks


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,497
    Do you have a picture so we can see what you are dealing with?
    If not can you just extricate carefully?A succulent will propagate well if you have just a piece depending on the variety.
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • KmehKmeh Posts: 151
    Yes sorry been trying to lower the image quality to upload.

    Excuse the state of it. A very unloved tree that needs some TLC. Succulents are under the rampant grass.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,497
    The one towards the back is a Sempervivum.The rosettes will root very well when replanted.One of the rosettes looks about to flower,once it has it will die so choose others if you want to keep.
    The plant towards the front looks like a Delosperma of some kind.This too will root easily if replanted.
    Hope that helps!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • KmehKmeh Posts: 151
    Thank you! Any particular type of compost you would suggest. A fair amount of grit?

    And do I just cut as much of the root as possible? 
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,187
    The roots won't be deep. Just try to get under them from the side.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790
    We regularly pull up chunks of Delosperma and replant elsewhere.  Even the tiniest bits, which seem to have no roots at all, will usually survive.  As they break up easily, we find that sprinkling some loose soil/compost over the plant (once it is in it's new planting location) helps them to get established, but don't completely bury the plant. It just helps to fill in all of the little gaps between the leaves.

    We have planted Delosperma in the ground, but find that it will readily grow in pure gravel, if we just put a small amount of soil/compost around the roots, and water every other day until it gets established.  They are actually tougher than they look.

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