So, way back when, I started a little propagation experiment with some cast off succulent leaves I found at the local nursery.
Check out my April post title “Never Go Near A Garden Center a.k.a. Human Magnet” to see where it all began.
This is mostly a success story, but as with all good stories there is also a little bit of bad, so let me get that out of the way:
Back in April when I got some new succulents I bought one that was called Bear Paws. Loved them. Planted them right alongside the other one I’d purchased. I kept them indoors out of the frost, coddled them, kept them in filtered light and spritzed lightly with water. It did great for several months, and then inexplicably, the paws started to drop off. At first I thought it was because the curtain had snagged one and amputated a paw…but over several days they all started to droop and one by one they fell off. Needless to say, another one bites the dust. I don’t even have a picture to show you because it all happened so quickly there is literally nothing left to show.
On a happy note, even though it’s neighbor died a horrible and inexplicable death, this succulent is thriving and starting to form a flower!
But oh how I loved that Bear Claw. I will have to give it a go one more time. I will not be defeated!
Now on to the success story! Remember the cast off leaves and the bed of Perlite and the beginning of growth? Check this out!
This is what I’d been waiting for, the original leaf is now shriveled and discolored which means the new plant forming at its base has used up all the leaves good stuff and needs to be planted. Glad to oblige!
Check out that root action!
I just so happened to have the perfect little planter: a retro, made in Japan, cute as can be, ceramic girl with puppy planter:
Et voila! If I can do it, you can too! All it required was patience waiting for the little bugger to start doing something. It’s really quite enjoyable to watch the process inch along.
So get busy, start scouring for those poor abandoned succulent leaves at your local garden center!