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Hi, I’m trying to identify this plant and would like to know the best way to get it upright. It seems to be doing so well that it’s way too top heavy and I’m wondering if I should trim it. If so, how?

Thank you!

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Dec 28, 2019

by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

Because all your pictures are sideways, it’s hard to tell what exactly this is; could be an Echeveria, or one of the many Kalanchoe species.

Never mind, they need similar care, including bright light for six to twelve hours a day, which is the cause of this issue.

Without bright light, they tend to stretch in an attempt to reach more, leaving the stem dangerously leaning. The only solution is to behead it, by cutting off the top stem, letting it callous then planting it in dryish soil.

There is more on these pages about pruning and propagation.

This forms a new plant, which, with the right amount of light, will stay upright. Use a grow light.

Dec 28, 2019

by: Jacki

Meant to add, this pot is way too small for this plant. If you want to repot it, the pot has to be a bit bigger, and of course, must have a drain hole.

Dec 29, 2019

by: Your name

Sorry I’m not sure why the pictures are coming out sideways. So I should cut off the entire top with all the leaves? Can I replant that as well? It is in a window that is east facing but unfortunately it is winter so it’s hard to get it much sunlight right now.