Succulents will grow long stems when they are not getting enough sunlight. This process is called etiolation, where they start to turn and stretch out in search of light, giving them a “leggy” appearance with a long stem and smaller, spaced-out leaves.
Secondly, what do I do if my succulent has a long stem?
If you have succulent plants growing long stems and getting too leggy simply give them a good haircut. They can take it and will come back stronger than ever.
Also, why does my Echeveria have a long stem?
When plants are grown indoors or in other low light situations, they undergo a process called etioliation. This is elongation of the stem as the plant stretches upward to catch more light. The simple solution is to move the plant to a southern exposure. But this still leaves that leggy party.
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.
How do you keep succulents from getting leggy?
- Make sure they are receiving adequate sunlight, whether indoors or outdoors. …
- Indoor succulents are more likely to get leggy. …
- Make sure they are not being blocked by taller plants in a planter. …
- Rotate the pot so all the plants in the planter get adequate sunlight.