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.
Subsequently, how do you shorten tall succulents?
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.
Besides, how do you deal with overgrown succulents?
Succulents can become overgrown and root bound after a couple years of healthy growth. You can improve their appearance by lightly trimming the foliage, repotting them into a larger container with fresh soil, and ensuring light conditions and soil nutrients are optimal.
How do I fix my leggy succulents?
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.
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.
Succulents generally do best if they are pruned at the beginning of their growing season, however, you can prune anytime. … I generally prune my succulents in the spring after they’ve been growing indoors for the winter. They generally get quite stretched out and don’t look quite as nice as they did originally.
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.