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Old 12-16-2005, 01:59 PM   #1
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Dwarf/Narrow Leaf Sag

My narrow leaf sag has produced a runner, and now this runner has a new plant attached to it. This new plant is about 3 inches tall already, and has 4 leaves. When do I cut the runner? The parent plant has one translucent spot on one leaf, which I don't think it had before. I searched the web for some images, and a lot of the pics showed leaves with translucent patches. Maybe the new plant doesn't have anything to do with this spot. I'm wondering how and when to separate the plants.
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You don't have to cut the runner unless you want to move it somewhere else.
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I've heard trimming off the runners will help maintain the growth of each plant . . . . but I never do :P It just gets overwhelming once you have 30+ plants! If you have 2 plants at this point, I'd trim it off and replant a little ways away. This will help it spread faster, IMO
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As soon as the plantlet has a couple leaves, and some roots it can be transplanted. My Drawf Sag(s) produces several plantlets a week (which I sell at auction). These things are so prolific it is hard to keep them contained in one area. Typically, a runner will make a plantlet 2-3" from the main plant, and then keep going. After a week there may be 2 to 4 plantlets on each runner, and each plant may have a couple runners.
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My rule of thumb is to cut runners once there's 3 or more plantlets, and they have developed enough roots to prevent floaters after planting.

Why 3 plantlets? Because those plantlets are soaking nutrients off the mother plant until that runner is cut, so 3-4 plantlets is about the point when the burden becomes too much...you usually see the mother plant start dropping leaves or looking a little pale.

Not a hard and fast rule by any means, but it's worked great for me.
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Thanks, everyone! I did wonder about the baby plantlet drawing away too many nutrients from the mother plant, and that's why I wanted to know how and when everyone cuts their runners.
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Wow - that same runner is now developing another plantlet!
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