The simple solution is to move the plant to a southern exposure. But this still leaves that leggy party. Fortunately, leggy succulent plants can be topped, removing the part that is too tall and allowing new shoots to form and develop into a more compact plant.
Accordingly, what does it mean when a succulent is leggy?
Succulents that are light sensitive
Most succulents will grow “leggy” if they don’t get enough light. But those succulents that change colors when stressed are usually more light sensitive than others. Their reaction can be quick, putting out etiolated “growth” in a mere few days.
Similarly, can you cut back leggy succulents?
Succulents generally do best if they are pruned at the beginning of their growing season, however, you can prune anytime. If you prune toward the end of the growing season you may not see new growth as quickly but it will happen slowly and pickup once they start actively growing again.
How do you propagate leggy succulents?
How To Cut a Leggy Succulent Plant
- Cut the plant leaving about an inch or so of stem on the bottom of the plant.
- Place the stem cuttings in a dry area away from direct sunlight to dry for a day or two, more if your area is humid. …
- Once the cut has healed, stick the cuttings in a well-draining potting mix.
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.
If your succulent is growing tall instead of wide, it means it is suffering from etiolation. Simply said, your succulent needs more light. … You can propagate your stretched succulent and end up with more plants in the process.
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.
Cacti that receive inadequate sunlight tend to become etiolated and grow long and thin. This is their way of expressing that they need more sunlight, so they are reaching out for it. … Also, make sure that your cactus is receiving more water in the summers and less water in the winter months during its dormant period.