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PostSubject: Unhappy haworthia   Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:20 pm

Hiya all, just got back from holiday to find the cows have had a go at the yard again and disturbed a lot of the plants that they haven't bothered to taste. One such plant is an old Haworthia Retusa that I've had for many years and would hate to lose. It looks like it's getting rot in parts and I won't be able to cut it clean without complete mutilation resulting in probable death of the plant anyway.  Crying or Very sad 

A while back someone posted about sacrificing a new plant they'd bought to leaf propagation and I'm hoping that someone can give me some helpful advice as to if this would be possible and if so then how to best attempt the procedure.

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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy haworthia   Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:31 pm

my first thought would be to check at ground level (or below) for emerging pups. but after that, if you are able to tear off some complete leaves, they act as cuttings fairly well. just sit the ends in your potting sand and don't overwater. you might try rooting powder, but should go without OK. keep in the shade.
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy haworthia   Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:49 pm

Thanks diddi,
I've hacked a couple of leaves off and potted them then repotted the rest of the plant. One of the new leaves is the suspected rot so I can't just cut it off unfortunately. There are signs of emerging pups but they're still very small so if the rot doesn't creep down from the top then it might survive. Fingers crossed.
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy haworthia   Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:14 pm

This thread on the British Society forum may be of use -

http://www.bcss.org.uk/foruma/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=79245

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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy haworthia   Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:57 pm

If rot is starting in a tight, inaccessible place then you might be able to stop it if you put ethanol in between the leaves. It might just slow the progress enough for the plant to grow out so you can easily remove those leaves. This would probably only be of any use if the rot is near the surface and the epidermis is broken, but it's better than just letting it progress without any treatment.
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy haworthia   Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:04 am

well, best of luck... if you don't have alcohol, btw, you can use straight metho. good for mealy bug eradication too.
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy haworthia   Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:47 am

The thread linked by Navajoa is very thorough about what to do. I think the most important thing is to make sure you get some of the meristematic tissue because I don't think you haworthia leaves are too keen to set root otherwise. Be patient and good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy haworthia   Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:09 pm

Thanks for all the helpful advice, I do hope it survives since it's one of the first plants I got probably getting on for two decades ago so I would hate to see it turn to mush. I have a bit of faith that it'll pull through but all I can do now is wait and see.
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