YES! This #aeonium should be just fine with chop and then the planned replant!! Let the broken tops garden off good, so they do not rot, and enjoy all the new plants. I had two mother plant rot in the middle (not tops or roots) and I did just this. All are growing fine. You an break off the stem lengths and have more plants too! @cyndi @saguaro #aeonium-advice
I think your best bet will be to behead each stem, let them callous over and repot them. You could leave the floppy stems in their current pot and see if you get any new heads from the stems. How much water and light has this aeonium been getting? Those are generally the main causes of problems with succulents. It's also worth checking for pests.
I've never seen an aeonium do this before @emve. Is it in free draining compost? As long as it isn't wet for prolonged periods, I would have thought it would be OK. You could operate now. Give it a week to scar over the cut ends and then pop it in dry, gritty compost. Wait to water it for a couple of weeks to encourage new roots to form. Aeoniums are generally summer dormant so it should be happy to keep growing over winter.
It scares me, though. @angiecrazycatlady @soph1e @gjones l haven’t found the courage to start the surgery yet - perhaps tomorrow. And I need to find more perlite. The shops here are all sold out due to all the seed sowing during these past covid months.
@emve The first time I had to behead my succulents I thought they’d die for sure by they survived and are still thriving. Winter is a tough time in our northern climates as there’s not enough sunshine so mine stay under grow lights until spring.
@gjones, I just realized my grow light will be free this winter, since my lemon trees now live in the greenhouse. Perhaps a beheaded aeonium is the worthy cause I’ve been searching for when it comes to who will be needing that grow light the most.
It is clearly not dead!!!
Looks like its little arms are fighting 🥊😂
🤣🤣🤣 @juliesgarden, I guess the surgery was more traumatic than I thought 😱