Succulents are quite ornamental because of their thick stems and thick leaves. They are my family potted plants, which do not only decorate the home environment but also enrich my daily life.
Although succulents are quite easy to grow, however, if we didn’t take good care of them, a series of growth problems will occur.
Recently, when I take a random check on the succulents that I planted inside one of my rooms in my house, I found that one of my favorite succulents is having a long stem. The stem is elongated toward the window.
Even though the window does allow the sunlight to shine inside the room, but this plant is shaded by other taller plants which makes it need to stretch itself to get more sunlight.
While most of you may know that if you grow succulents indoors, it is really difficult for your succulents to get as much sunlight as they need. And when they are struggling to reach out to the sunlight, they will be stretching themselves which causes the plant to grow with a long stem.
Most succulents need a pretty substantial amount of sunlight in order to maintain compact growth. My succulent is having a good amount of water, but it just hasn’t been getting enough sunlight. Lack of sunlight is what causes my succulent to have a long stem.
All succulents need different amounts of sunlight. Also, some succulents will grow faster than others. For those succulents that didn’t grow very quickly, the long stem isn’t going to be noticeable if you didn’t pay much attention to the plant. Placing this succulent at the shaded places where they cannot receive any sunlight isn’t good at all.
Can I Revert Elongated Succulents?
Once your succulent growing a long stem, there is no way for you to revert them back to the original shape no matter how much sunlight you provide. What you can do is to reconstruct the entire plant, propagate them in different pieces, grow them in a new pot, taking good care of them so that they can grow again from scratch.
Even though you cannot revert a long stem succulent, but you can revert back their colors. If colorful succulents like those in bright red and brown colors, but gradually turn into green with long stems caused by not getting enough sunlight, you can still manage to revert them back to their original colors by providing them with enough sunlight.
Fixing Elongated Succulents
For my elongated succulents, I have tried some of these methods to fix them and the result is quite obvious. I think it is good for me to share with you what I did though.
1. Place My Succulents Close To The Window
In order to let my succulents getting the sunlight that they need, I just placed them in my room where they are close to the window. I have the windows that are facing south, east, and west and I think these are the best areas to locate them.
2. Indoor Plant Grow Lights
If you are placing your plant in a room without a window, then the plant can’t get any sunlight. What you can do then is to get some grow light as supplement light and turn them on indoor so that your succulent can get the light that they need.
The indoor plant grow lights can be a critical component in your growing efforts if you live in an area with a short growing season. You can get a head start on your growth by using indoor lighting to succulent from cutting. Based on the quality and amount of light they emit, you can get a bit of healthy little growth started fairly easily.
Of the three essentials needed to grow plants, water, nutrition, and light, light is the one most commonly misused and can thwart even the best efforts at plant growth. For good plant growth, you need the essential components, and since artificial light is much weaker than sunlight, you have to compensate for that by leaving the lights on anywhere from 12-18 hours per day.
Get Quality Light
Light quality can also play a large role in plant growth. Depending on their growth stages plants can use both blue light and red light. Blue light is used for things like energy, and red light is used for things like reproduction.
Because a plant tends to absorb very little yellow or green light, it is much more efficient to choose indoor plant grow lights with a higher red and blue output. Yellow and green light tends to get reflected which is why plants look green to the naked eye.
Another important thing to think about when choosing indoor plant grow lights is the age of the bulbs. Nine months or older and the light production is about 30% less than when they were brand new.
That means you are spending the same amount of money to run the lights, but your plants are getting a 30% less benefit from them. Replacing them at the start of each growing season ends up being much more cost-efficient in the long run.
If you like your plants to really bloom, you can also choose different types of indoor plant grow lights to perform different duties. High-pressure sodium lamps emit red and orange light. These colors promote blooming in your plants. There are also five kinds of high-intensity discharge lamps as well.
These include mercury vapor, xenon short-arc lamps, metal halide, low-pressure sodium, and high-pressure sodium.
3. Place Them Outside Every Morning
To ensure that non of my succulents are lack of sunlight, I figured out that I should place them outside during brightly days as I found out from my friend who told me that succulents need a minimum of 4 to 6 hours of strong light every day to maintain their health and look.
Therefore, every morning at about 7am, I will move all the succulents pots outside and leave them there. When the sun rises, It will supply natural sunlight to them. And at around 12 pm, I will move them back to my room. After some time of doing so, I can see that they are growing compactly and the long stem issues have been resolve.
4. Leave Some Rooms For Succulents
I have noticed some of my succulents are overgrown and they look very crowded growing in a pot. This makes them compete with each other to grab the nutrient and also places to receive sunlight.
Some of the weaker succulents just seem not too competitive and they start to wither.
What I did was I took out those compact succulents and plant them into other pots. By doing so, it helps to free up some space for the succulents and this allowed the succulents to grow healthier.
Refresh and Propagate Succulent
Some stems are not only long but also curved. This is also another sign where the succulent is not getting enough sunlight and it bends the stem to get close to the source of sunlight.
If you want to save them, you can propagate them from the stem, leaves, or the rosette.
What you can do is getting a pair of sharp and sterile pruning scissors that ease your task of cutting the succulents effortlessly. Depends on the size of the succulent, you may also want to have a sharp knife.
Make sure they are sterile so they don’t cause any sort of infections or problems with your succulents.
Cut the stem, and then plant them into a new pot with fresh soil. Do not expose them to direct sunlight as they are still fragile and direct sunlight can cause them to get sunburned. Also, don’t water them for 7 to 10 days. Water the pot only when the soil is completely dry.
After a few months, you will get many new succulents and your effort will be pay off.