“Two-Stemmed” Sedums

When does a succulent leaf cutting produce two stems, and when does it produce just one? Or probably, the better question is: why? I wondered about this as I watch my Sedum pachyphyllum leaf cuttings grow into new plants. I don’t know the answer.

~ A one-stemmed Sedum pachyphyllum plantlet. ~

Sedum pachyphyllum is the first succulent I tried propagating. The mother plant was a small plant, with less than 20 leaves when I bought it. I was eager to try and experiment with leaf cuttings propagation as I’d never done it before then. The instructions from the internet: ensure the leaf is whole when taking leaf cuttings, allow the “attachment end” to dry for 2-3 days, lay the cuttings on clean compost—preferably one suitable for succulents, mist the cuttings with water as needed—do not allow them to dry out, keep the cuttings in a warm area, and lastly, have patience, in a few weeks the cuttings should take root.

And indeed, just like that, my leaf cuttings were a success! I was amazed by how easy it is to reproduce Sedum pachyphyllum. The ones above are some of my latest leaf cuttings. The first ones (below) will soon need re-potting.

~ The first two leaf cuttings of Sedum pachyphyllum have grown well. ~

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