Posted 2M ago by @PioneerRutabaga

Holy Pups!!

Ello all!! Hope everyone is well! I have some questions and wanna pick your brains. As you can see, she has literally exploded with pups!! She has 2 on top and then they are growing literally 360 degrees all the way around mom!! I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m wondering if anyone of you all have? Is it normal for them to have so many at one time? Also, what should I do with them? Should they be removed and replanted? Should they just stay with mom? What’s best way to care for them? Anything from anyone…?? #FlatToppedAeonium
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
@PioneerRutabaga YES! Isn't that beautiful! You are lucky it did this all by itself without intervention.
A lot of people will "behead" a main plant by removing 8 to 12 of the innermost leaves. This stimulates the plant into growing a lot of offsets.

I believe, if you leave them there, eventually they will grow outward from Mom, becoming separate branches. Aeonium can eventually look somewhat like a small see them all branched out, livin' large in places like California.

I've not heard of this particular variety, but I'm guessing that's the story. Do a little research if you want to remove them to start new plants. I'm certain you can, it's a matter of how you want to proceed & how you want the plant to look.
Great job, it's a beautiful plant, and the baby's look adorable 😍!!
Clearly a happy healthy mama plant, wow! 🤩
@UltraKoreanfir WOW!!!! I absolutely LUV your oasis!!! You have SO MANY that I’ve yet to get!! And holy crap do you know what you’re doing!! Every plant you have looks so amazing and healthy!!! I can def learn a lot from you I think lol…maybe I can start here…in your opinion, do you think a plant would be producing new growth if it were experiencing any kind of root rot? The reason I ask is because I have an arrangement I put together and to my horror I just discovered (like literally an hour ago) that the plant in the center was just starting to get soft. I was able to remove it extremely easily and I think I caught it in time to save. My worry comes in with the other 4 plants in the pot. ALL of them have pretty substantial new growth going on right now and part of me thinks they wouldn’t be doing that if they’re experiencing root rot. I really dont want to disturbs them if I don’t really need to. It seems like they’re finally becoming established…but then I still have this pestering little voice that keeps sayin, if it got to one it’s gonna get to the rest….its just a matter of time. I’m just so on the fence with this, I don’t know what to do yet. Any ideas…
@PioneerRutabaga Thank you for all of the nice things you said 😚

Arrangements can be so hard. First off, each individual plant may have a slightly different water requirement, or one likes more sun than the other. They're tough to get everyone happy at one time. If one has a much more extensive root system, it can compete with the others for water and space/nutrients from the soil.

That said, when you pulled the center one out did you confirm actual root rot (were they black, slimy, and the roots were just falling off / easily pulled off)? Or were they brownish but just dry looking? Sometimes a succulent that is not getting enough water will feel somewhat soft. From the picture, and the amount of roots I can see for the center plant, it looks more like the soil was remarkably dry and loose, and this may be the reason it was able to be removed so easily.

For the question about the new growth. Sometimes a plant putting out "pups" is in an effort to "live on" because the mother plant is failing. Other times it is a sign of the plant thriving! Mother & pups will look great! But if the new growth is healthy green leaves (not pups, just new growth), and there are no signs of problems, then they should be fine.

One thing I have personally experienced and read is that the plants tend to want to be snug, so when doing arrangements you don't want to leave a lot of space between the plants. They cozy up to one another and there are enough roots to help suck up all the water when there are many in the pot. You may have too much "free space" in that planting, which you can deal with, if you're careful to water them carefully as individuals, and not leave a lot of extra water in the soil. Or, you could add a few more zebra types to the pot. Up to you.

On the issue of dry soil....fresh new soil can be super dry and REALLY hard to wet the first time. You may THINK you're watering the plants, when in reality only the top 1/8" is getting wet, and the rest of the water is running down the sides of the pot or down channels/water "tubes" leading straight out the drainage hole. You can test this by watering until water is coming out the bottom, and then scraping the top of the soil. It will bow your mind the first time you see that most of the dirt is still dry 🤯. To combat this, you have to do a bottom soak for a while (sometimes an hour!) until the water has actually soaked upwards. You don't really want to saturate all the way to the top (inviting gnats), but you can stick your finger in and tell when water has reached "root level."

So first, confirm if your center plant actually has rot, or if it's more likely that it wasn't getting watered and is dry/needing a drink.

Second, decide if you want to plant more in the arrangement, or if you want to just be very mindful about ensuring every plant is receiving adequate water.

Keep in mind things like circulation (fans), sitting close to heaters (dry air, too warm) or AC vents (too cold), and the amount of sunlight directed at your plants can affect how quickly the soil dries out. Greg gives you a great reminder and starting point for CHECKING if your plants are ready for water, but Greg does not take these things into account.

Sorry this was long... there's a lot to share. 😉