I just beheaded my Echeveria and I am worried I cut its stem too short.
I have it sitting in a shady area, upright with the stem in a glass.
I cut it an inch from the base, but my fault was that the leaves curve downwards almost the length of the newly cut stem.
I figure I might be able to cut back the leaves after it roots and is ready to re-pot...? Do you have any other ideas? Thanks for your time!
Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Tawna, it sounds like you're on the right track.
Don't put any water in the glass - you knew that, right? The stem must stay dry until it's calloused over, and you can even leave it until roots actually show.
If you feel that there isn't enough room on the stem for roots to emerge, then simply twirl the leaves one direction until they twist off, as many as you think you need to for the stem to be exposed.
These leaves will root too - they will of course take much longer to form a new plant, but each one will eventually show a clump of little leaves.
For the main beheaded rosette, once it shows that it's calloused, place it on top of a pot of well drained soil, and water it once you feel there are some roots to hold it in place.
It may take a couple of weeks or longer for this to happen, so be patient.
Keep your plant in bright light - if you have a southern facing window with a sheer curtain across it, or a grow light, this will work perfectly.
See the page on Succulent Plant Propagation for more.
Good luck, and hope you have great success with your Echeveria.