Succulents will grow tall and lose pigmentation in an effort to absorb more sunlight. A gradual transition over 1-2 weeks to a brighter location will help them grow more leaves and recover their color, but some changes to the shape of the plants can be irreversible.
Keeping this in consideration, are tall succulents bad?
If your succulent is growing tall instead of wide, it means it is suffering from etiolation. Simply said, your succulent needs more light. Sad to say, once the damage is done, it can’t be undone.
Hereof, what succulents are supposed to be tall?
Succulents That Grow Tall: Our Favorite 16
- Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizeni) …
- Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) …
- Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) …
- Palmer’s Agave (Agave palmeri) …
- Giant Agave (Agave salmiana) …
- Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) …
- Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)
Can I cut a succulent that is too tall?
Use a sharp knife for cutting succulents that grow too tall so that the cut is not squashed. If you don’t have one at hand, you can also use (pruning) scissors, most succulents are tough. Make the cut as horizontally as possible in order to keep the cut and thus possible spot for dirt small.
Once you remove the top of your succulent, you can replant it in the soil and it won’t look so stretched out and leggy anymore. Grab a sharp pair of shears or a gardening knife. You should also wear a pair of gloves—some succulents have thorns and others have milky sap that can be irritating to your skin.
Don’t worry though! There is a way to get back to a tight, compact garden again. Start by cutting off the top of the succulent using sharp scissors (I love, love, love this pair! … Once the end of the cutting has calloused over (dried out completely and looks “scabbed”) you can plant it in soil and begin watering it.
Succulents love direct sun, but if yours is sitting in the same exact spot day after day, it’s likely that only one side is getting enough light. … Succulents will lean towards the sun, so rotating them will help them stand up straight. (Leaning may also be a sign that they need to be in a sunnier spot.)
Cut off a piece of the succulent just above a leaf on the stem. You can cut off the top of the succulent, or you can cut off a new offshoot. Either will work!
Some succulents don’t live long but grow offsets to replace themselves. A great example is Chicks and Hens. The main plant only
|Jade Plant||70-100 years|
|Christmas Cactus||30+ years|
Succulent plants often need pruning just like any other kind of garden favorites, for size control, to shape them better, or to propagate them for more plants. And though most succulents can seal off damaged parts, it is always good to quickly remove broken, diseased, or dead leaves, stems and flower stalks.
How to Repot Overgrown Succulents
- Pulling from the base of the stem, gently remove all plants from the old container.
- Fill the new, larger pot partly with a gritty, well-draining soil like a cactus / succulent potting mix.