My garden’s secret 18 - #fiddleleaffig
My childhood ‘giant’. This ‘little’ guy can grow huge and provide great shade for the play ground. Funny how everyone has been adopted him to be an indoor plant for 69 decades and I just found out few weeks ago.
Would definitely love to see how long he can stay with me.
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What is ETOLIATION anyway?! You may have heard the term and been wondering exactly what it means. So for anyone who's unsure, read on! An etoliated succulent is one that has stretched out/become tall/leggy/elongated/has unnatural spacing between the leaves; is pale or lacking colour. It is caused due to lack of light.
How to fix it: You can either leave them be OR behead them. Beheading is when you cut the head off the succulent (the top, most compact growth or rosette), allow the end to callus/heal over for a couple of days and then replant (treat it like a cutting). Don't discard the rooted part of the plant though as the stem will likely grow new pups/offsets too. And remember to save any leaves pulled off in the process to grow babies from!
Bear in mind it is completely normal for certain genus to either have spacing between the leaves (e.g Sedum Adolphi) or a compact rosette on the end of a long stem (e.g Graptopetalums) as it is their normal growth. If you behead them they will grow back exactly the same! I've taken some pics to show you some examples. I don't know about you but visuals always help me!