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Propagation: When life won’t give you a real puppy

Propagation Plate

I’m going to be honest, I’m not a very active person. (Though, I tend to go on hours long shopping adventures, like…once a quarter). I’ve always thought that having a puppy would be great. My parents finally got a dog…in my last  year of high school and she was the most chill thing ever: loved people, liked to hang out, go on walks, etc. But she was my parent’s little white fluffy nugget of joy. Whenever I go over to visit friends and family who have dogs I tend to make friends with them super quick like.

As an adult, I have yet to get a doggo of my own. And with Lucy being the Queen that she is, I likely won’t be getting one for a while yet. So instead, I’m raising pups. Leaf pups. aka I’m growing plants from leaf cuttings I buy online or have plucked from my existing collection.

Here’s a photo dump of some of my — PUPPIES!

Echeveria Black Prince
Echeveria Black Prince
Graptopetalum Ghost, I think
Graptopetalum Ghost, I think
African Violets
African Violets
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So, you bought a Korean Succulent? What’s next.

Fairy Garden October 29th 2021

You, yes you.

Did you buy that Korean import? Did you get caught by the allure of key words like “rare” and “chonky”? Were you capture by bright colors, interesting shapes, and dainty cuteness?
Well, of course you did! We all did!

Here are my collated notes on what to do once you receive that toilet paper wrapped poly-fill cushioned cube enclosed joy in the mail.

  1. Gently unwrap and stare at it for about 5-15 minutes
  2. Go to your plant area and decide where you want to place your new precious
  3. Do not water
  4. Place it in bright indirect light (on soil is ok so long as it is not wet or moist)
  5. DO NOT TOUCH FOR AT LEAST A WEEK
  6. Do not water
  7. Do not water
  8. Do not water
  9. Be Patient

Case Study: In approximately 2 days, I root rotted this beautiful speckled agavoides. :'(

Echeveria Agavoides
Echeveria Agavoides

Mistakes were made.

Trying to save the leaves from root rot
Trying to save the leaves from root rot

I didn’t do it on purpose, I swear! I was being impatient. And impatience with succulents is the demise of said succulent. The sad part about all this, aside from plant death, is that this is not my first Korean succulent and/or succulent purchased online bare root (as it should be). My very very first is a chonky Potosina, and omg did I baby her to heck and back. It’s a miracle she didn’t root rot on me! I always try to make sure to check for new root growth before I introduce any moisture to the soil. This ensures that the plant is active and can absorb the moisture instead of the dried stem getting smushy and rotting. These are desert plants and they don’t like being moist. Lots of people suddenly in 2012 discovered that they don’t like the word “moist”, but succulents were there first.

My potosina took nearly 2 months to root up and stabilize. Part of the problem goes to step No. 5 above. I kept touching it. I kept picking it up to check if there was root growth. I kept moving it. I know it’s super tempting, but don’t do this!

Echeveria Potosina August 21st 2021
Echeveria Potosina August 21st 2021
Echeveria Potosina and Graptopetalum Mendozae Variegata September 12th 2021
Echeveria Potosina and Graptopetalum Mendozae Variegata September 12th 2021

 

The moral of the story: be patient.

In all likelihood the Korean succulent you purchased for it’s beauty will still be super cute when it arrives.
So you can just plop it somewhere safe where you can see it and let it do its thing!

Fairy Garden October 29th 2021
Fairy Garden October 29th 2021

 

In the Fairy Garden: (links to where I bought from, non-affiliate)

Echeveria Potosina
Echeveria Starmark triple headed
Graptopetalum Mendozae Variegated Cluster
Graptopetalum Medonzae double headed
Graptopetalum Mendozae Mirinae Variegated Cluster
String of Buttons
Two ceramic mini-mushrooms
A quartz crystal
Tiny bread robot ala Castle in the Sky
Purple Yarn Bowl