Why is My Succulent Growing a Long Stem?

Why is my succulent growing a long stem?

On April 16, my parents gave us a bed of cacti. Upon reaching home, a few of its fuzzy leaves brushed against the car door and fell off. An inauspicious beginning.

Based on our 2021 year-in-plants (demised evergreen bonsai, shriveled succulent, two lost herbs), we feared for this innocent new addition to our collection (that is still composed mostly of plastic). Nevertheless, we watered the succulent on Sunday the 17th and Sunday the 24th as per its schedule and requested it to remain alive.

On Tuesday the 26th, one of the succulents sprouted a stem.

Succulent Growing Long Stem
Succulent Growing Long Stem

Wow!

This was exciting! But not necessarily out of the ordinary. Some quick research indicated that a cactus, at times, can produce a flower. So while we were pleased with our results, we went about our business.

Then last night, Saturday, I was shocked to notice that the stem had more than tripled in size in four days. It was a regular stalk.

Succulent with Long Stem
Succulent with Long Stem

I called my parents to share the news. They said the plant was happy. I remained suspicious.

This morning, by 6:30am, the stalk had grown taller and bent all the way to the left. But I forgot to take a photo.

By 10:37am, the stalk looked like this:

Succulent with Long Bent Stem
Why is my succulent growing a long stem?

In just four hours, the stalk bent 180 degrees.

Finally, after coming home this afternoon, at 2:53pm, the stalk was even taller and bent itself back to the left.

Why is my succulent growing a long stem?

Here’s the time-stamped progression.


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    1. Hi! Thanks for reading and commenting! I think so, but it’s moving so fast. It did that in less than a day! It’s about one third bigger now.

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