Jade like succulent
I am under the impression this is a jade of some kind, but I can't find this exact sort any place.
It seems to be flopping over and I'm worried that might be bad for it.
Its leaves are very tender and drop off at the slightest touch, yet it seems quite healthy. I had thought it was possible the leaves were dropping off to sprout, and half buried one to see if it sprouted (results inconclusive).
I had also thought that it might be similar to Donkey's Tail and meant to droop.
My questions are
What is it?
Is it okay to droop like this?
If I cut the top would it grow more woody at the bottom and be more able to handle top-heavy-ness or would it be unforgiving to this sort of pruning?
Will the leaves sprout?
Thank you for any insight you can give me. I say again I do NOT think this is Donkey's Tail, as ts leaves are a bit triangular.
Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Elyon, this is not a jade, which is Crassula, although it is related.
This may be some type of Graptopetalum, which have this tendency that you've already noted of the leaves being extremely easy to dislodge.
It could be x Graptoveria, which are a generic hybrid of Graptopetalum and Echeveria, and sometimes inherit that trait of leaves loosely attached. You can see more about one type of this plant here: Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' on Dave's Garden Website.
Another related generic hybrid is x Sedeveria, a cross between Echeveria and Sedum. The Burrito burros tail is here: x Sedeveria 'Harry Butterfield' on Dave's Garden Website.
Yes, the leaves will root, but don't bury them, just leave them on the top of the soil, and pretty soon, pink roots will emerge and find their way down into the soil.
You can certainly prune off the top, and root that too, which will make the lower part more bushy and able to withstand the weight of the top growth more easily. They will do this if they aren't getting enough light (no they're not meant to droop) so move it into a brighter spot, or get a grow light for it.
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