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The force is strong with this one.

I was a chaperone at kids Halloween party this past October when I came across a little succulent plant in a planter the park across the street from the party. This leaf was barely hanging on and I helped it off the stem and put it in my pocket. When I got home that evening I put the leaf on a paper plate I was using to dry some seeds.

I completely forgot about the leaf until I was moving some things around on Christmas Eve and uncovered the plate with the drying seeds and this leaf. I had seen succulent cuttings take root by themselves before, but it had only been in pictures. I was a little shocked that the leaf had not shriveled up, but I was more surprised by the fact that it had begun to root and sprout new leaves.

Once I'd noticed how badly the leaf wanted to continue to grow I planted it in some soil. This summer I'll take it outside and plant it in the yard and let it do it's thing.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:12 PM

    I find your blog very informative. Perhaps you might be able to help me with a similar situation where the plant desperately wants to live.
    I had a very small sapling of syngonium, nepthytis or arrowhead plant rooting in water. A few weeks ago, all the leaves got plucked accidentally, leaving only the stem. I still kept the plant in water with the roots. Now I notice a very, very small sprout at the very base of the stem near the root. The upper portion of the stem has all but dried. I'm wondering whether I should pot the plant in soil now, or should I wait till the sprout becomes a little more substantial? Will it survive if I re-pot it now? I don't want the plant to die just because I didn't do the right thing. Thanks for your help.



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