Repotting A Fragile Or Brittle Succulent

Crassula coccinea 'Campfire':
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When repotting a brittle or otherwise fragile plant, sacrificing the old pot, rather than the beauty of the plant, may be a good idea.
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With the pot cut away, I can hold the rootball and leave the fragile stems untouched:
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Now in a new, larger home.  This plant's foliage turns a brilliant red in winter.  This summer, in full shade with plentiful water, it's grown considerably.  Not all succulents like arid conditions in all-day baking sun.
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The Crassula's tiny flowers emerge from leaf bases, rather than from the tips of the stems.

 Little damage done--except to the old pot!
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Comments

  1. I am so glad I read this post as I accidentally snapped off a piece of 'Campfire' Crassula last week. Now that a callus has formed do I just repot the stem or do I wait for it to send out new roots first or do I clip it into small pieces to make more plants? My piece is about 12 inches long.

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  2. Hi Cynthia, the answer would be "yes". You can let it develop roots and then plant it, (keep it in full bright shade so it does not dessicate), OR repot the callused stem, OR cut it into pieces and get multiple plants.

    If you go the cut-into-pieces route, make sure to mark the bottom of each stem (the end originally closest to the roots) and use that as the bottom (root end) of your new plant.

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