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jammer j at mm.er
Wed Feb 19 17:26:58 EST 2003

Ok, thank you for your reply. 

On 19 Feb 2003 15:47:11 GMT, bae at cs.toronto.edu (Beverly Erlebacher)

>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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