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Beverly Erlebacher bae at cs.toronto.edu
Wed Feb 19 10:47:11 EST 2003

In article <fp365v4pcinbouact9e84eu5s2ptod51k7 at 4ax.com>,
jammer  <j at mm.er> wrote:
>What about the mama still attached to roots but rather uh, mushy
>looking? Can i repot the roots with any luck?

If the stem is mushy, most likely the roots are rotten, too, but you
don't have anything to lose just letting the whole pot dry out for a
couple of months, then rewater it cautiously.  It's possible, but not
likely, that some pieces of stolon may survive and put up small
plants.  You could also try dumping out the pot, recovering any sound
pieces, and leaving them out to dry.  If any remain firm after a week
or so, you can repot them.  If they are stolons, they may grow, as

You may still be able to save the upper part of the plant.  Cut it off,
and keep slicing off stem until you reach healthy material.  Remove a
few more leaves, and leave it lying in a dry place for several weeks.
The cut end will form a callus, analogous to a scab.  Once the callus
is well formed, solid and dry, you can root the plant in a loose
rooting medium like moist vermiculite.  Once it develops roots, repot
it.  If you tend to overwater, use a clay pot.  You may need to use
some stones to prop the plant up until it develops good roots.  Use a
coarse potting soil low in organic material.

Everybody makes these kinds of mistakes when they're learning.  Keep a
close eye on your succulents, checking for rot.  In general, most
common succulents can go months without water, especially in winter
when they aren't exposed to hot sunlight and aren't growing.  It
doesn't harm them to wilt a bit from dryness, but be sure they aren't
wilting because their roots have rotted from overwatering!

Good luck with your plant.  If it doesn't make it, chalk it up to
experience and get another.

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