Here and in my new video, "Should You Cut Echeveria Flowers?" I explain why you should snip echeveria bloom stalks, and how you and your plants both benefit.
You may not think of succulents as a source of cut flowers for floral arrangements, but succulent flowers are actually better than thin-petalled lovelies like roses. Because they're succulent, they hold moisture, and they last a LONG time---sometimes weeks, depending on the variety.
And for us plant people, there's an even better reason to remove succulent flowers: Thick stalks and large blooms can exhaust small rosettes. Popular Echeveria‘Afterglow’, for example, ends up sad and droopy, as though it had a difficult pregnancy.
For nurseries it's a trade-off: Although echeverias in bloom may sell better, it's better in the long run to remove the flowers. That keeps its growth and energy in the plant.
Then there's the light factor: Buds crave sun.They'll lean horizontally to get it, spoiling what we love most about rosette succulents: their symmetry.
Save some stripped-off leaves. They're rarin' to go. Tuck a few plump ones back in the pot under the parent plant, and they'll form roots and new little leaves from their stem ends. Voila: Tiny new plants with no trouble at all.
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