Why Is My Succulent Getting ‘Leggy?’

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Question:  Why is my succulent getting ‘leggy’ and dying off at the bottom?

Great question!  Succulents come from bright, arid climates, and if you keep them in areas of indirect light they will get ‘leggy.’  If you have been keeping this little guy away from a nice bright window, or an indoor grow light now is the time change your strategy, and to make a few cuttings from the top for propagation.

If you have a rooting powder, take a cutting off the tops of the plants, dip the cut end in the rooting powder, and plant them in a dish with a good succulent potting mix. Keep the new cuttings in a moist, bright area, and wait a few weeks for new root systems to develop. Once the cuttings are ready for transplanting you can start over with your new plants.

Can “Succulents” Be Planted With Cacti?

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Yes, although many garden centers label succulents differently than cacti, they are in fact all members of the Succulent family.

Pot cacti and succulents in a potting mix recipe that contains a high amounts of sand and perlite.  Water them regularly in the summer, and withhold water in the winter completely if you are placing them in a cool 55 degree place to promote spring and summer blooms.  For Cacti and succulents that will not receive a winter rest, water them very infrequently in the winter months, and make sure that no matter the season that they receive plenty of sunshine.

The winter months are often the best months to search garden centers for wider varieties of Cacti and succulents since there is a larger market for interior plant sales.  Find shapes and sizes of these desert beauties that please your eye and try putting them together in large dish gardens.