Is your succulent growing roots from the stem?
Are you worried about this plant behavior?
It’s perfectly natural for succulents to grow roots from the stem.
In this guide, let’s take a closer look at this root growth and find out what you can do about it.
Why Is My Succulent Growing Roots From Stem?
There are a few reasons why your succulent may be growing roots from the stem.
1. Your Succulent Is Root Bound
One possibility is that your succulent is root-bound.
If the roots have filled up the pot and can’t grow anymore, they may start producing new aerial roots to search for more space.
This is especially common in fast-growing succulents like Sedum morganianum and Jade plant.
You can expect these succulents to grow roots on their stem, so you don’t have to worry too much about it.
2. Your Succulent Needs More Water
Another reason your succulent may be growing roots from the stem is that it needs more water.
Succulents are drought-tolerant plants, so they can go for extended periods without water.
But if you’re not giving your succulent enough water, it may start growing such roots in an effort to search for moisture.
This generally happens during the growth period and in the Summer and Spring months.
3. Your Succulent Is Stressed
A third reason your succulent may be growing aerial roots is that it’s stressed.
This could be due to a number of reasons, such as being in the wrong pot, being too cold or too hot, or being in direct sunlight.
If your succulent is stressed, it will start growing these roots in an effort to find stability and survive.
4. It’s Natural For Some Succulents To Grow Aerial Roots
Finally, it’s worth noting that some succulents naturally grow aerial roots.
And there’s hardly anything you can do about it.
They will grow these roots at some point in their life cycle regardless of the conditions they’re in.
So, if your succulent is one of those plants, then don’t worry too much about the roots.
Some of the succulents that commonly grow aerial roots are:
- Sedum morganianum
- Jade Plant
These are the few reasons why you might see roots on the stem of your succulents.
What To Do With Succulents Growing From Stem?
Now that you know the reasons why succulents grow roots from the stem, what should you do?
Well, it depends on why your succulent is growing the roots.
If it’s due to being root bound, then you don’t have to do anything other than repotting the plant.
But if it’s due to stress, you need to find out what’s causing the stress and address it.
And if it’s due to the succulent needing more water, you need to make sure to water it regularly.
In case the plant is growing in an extremely hot or cold environment, you need to adjust its placement accordingly.
Important: Never cut off the aerial roots unless they are really interfering with the growth of the plant.
They are essential for the plant’s survival, and you will be harming it more by cutting these essential roots off them.
In the next section, let’s try and understand how to care for such succulents.
Tips To Avoid Succulent From Growing Roots On Stem
Here are some suggestions and guidelines for you –
1. Improve The Soil Quality
The first and foremost thing you can do is improve the soil quality.
So, use a good potting mix or make your own mix with soil, compost and perlite.
This will help the succulent grow better and reduce its chances of being stressed and developing aerial roots.
2. Avoid Over-Potting
Another thing you can do is to avoid over-potting the succulent.
Don’t put it in a pot that’s too big for it.
The roots need to fill up the pot and be able to grow without being restricted.
If you see the roots have filled up the pot, it’s time to repot the plant in a bigger pot.
3. Water Regularly
Another tip is to water the succulents regularly.
Succulents need water to grow and stay healthy.
But make sure not to overwater them, leading to root rot and killing the plant.
Water them once or twice a week, depending on the weather and the potting mix you’re using.
4. Keep It In A Good Location
Finally, make sure to keep the succulent in a proper location.
It should get enough sunlight and be in a warm and dry place.
If it’s in a cold or shady spot, it will start developing aerial roots in search of warmth.
5. Stop Overfertilizing Your Succulent
Another tip is not to fertilize the plant too much.
Overfertilizing can stress the plant and make it more susceptible to developing aerial roots.
Fertilize the plant once a month using a succulent fertilizer.
You should also avoid fertilizing your succulent during the winter as the plant is dormant during that time and doesn’t need any fertilizer.
So, these are some tips that you can follow to prevent your succulent from growing aerial roots.
Can You Root Aerial Roots Of A Succulent?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions about succulents growing aerial roots.
The answer is yes, and you can root the aerial roots of a succulent.
But you should only do it if it’s absolutely necessary.
If the aerial roots are interfering with the growth of the plant, then you can cut them off and replant them in a soil mix.
Here’s how to do it –
- Cut off a part of the stem along with the aerial roots. You should use a sharp knife to perform this task.
- Wait for the stem to callus for a few days.
- Plant the stem in a pot filled with succulent soil mix.
- Water the soil regularly and keep it in a warm and sunny spot.
- In a few weeks, you will see new roots emerging from the stem.
- Once the roots have grown a few inches, you can transplant them into a new pot.
So, this is how you can root the aerial roots of a succulent.
Just make sure to do it carefully!
The chances of success are not very high, but it’s worth a shot.
Otherwise, just leave the aerial roots alone and let them do their job.
Now, let’s check out the FAQs below, where I have shared a few more insights on this topic.
Yes, succulents can grow from a stem.
This type of growth is perfectly natural and often happens when the succulent is in a new environment or repotted.
Don’t worry – the plant will still grow and thrive!
To check the roots of your succulent, simply pull the plant out of its pot and look at the roots.
They should be white or light-colored, and they should be growing evenly throughout the pot.
If you see any brown or black roots, that means the plant is root-bound and needs to be repotted.
If they appear alright, put the plant back in its pot and water it as usual.
If you cut off a succulent stem, it may or may not grow back.
It really depends on the plant and its growth habits.
Some succulents are incredibly resilient and will regrow quickly, while others may take a bit longer.
Bare stems may also produce new roots, which can then be used to propagate the plant.
If you have a broken succulent stem, the best thing to do is to try and fix it.
First, remove any dead or damaged leaves.
Then, use some horticultural tape or something similar to secure the broken stem in place.
Once it’s been fixed, the succulent should be able to continue growing as normal.
However, keep an eye on its growth.
If it doesn’t look good, it may be best just to cut the stem off and start over.
There are several reasons why a succulent’s stem might start to shrivel up.
One possibility is that the plant is getting too much or too little water.
Another reason could be that the succulent is in a too hot or too cold environment.
Or it could simply be that the plant is getting too much sun.
If you notice your succulent’s stem starting to shrivel, examine it properly and look for possible rectifications in the growing environment or watering schedule.
Over To You
Have you ever had a succulent with aerial roots?
What did you do to fix it?
Let me know in the comments below!
Furthermore, if you have any more questions, feel free to ask away!
Do share this guide with fellow succulent growers if you find it helpful.
Until next time, happy gardening!