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This was the paddle plant in June, before the decapitation and before the mega growth ... it sits on the west-facing side of the house. I bought it as a little baby from a local succulent garden designer.

This was the paddle plant in June, before the decapitation and before the mega growth … it sits on the west-facing side of the house. I bought it as a little baby from a local succulent garden designer.

 

I was pretty freaked out at how big my paddle plant had become…it was a topic of conversation just how big this succulent monster was gonna get.

Finally, like all plants, it told me what was gonna happen…the whole plant needed a much, much bigger container (and I’m talking about the size you’d find for the entryway at Caesar’s Palace), or, I would need to decapitate and dissect so that the original stem could continue growing in its original home, while the mammoth sprout on top got a new home.

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So, on a beautiful morning recently out came the shears to take off the top. (I think I even heard it say ‘ouch.’)

The new home for the ‘topper’ is now the backyard, in a washtub I bought at Home Depot for $20. (I think it loves it because I’m already seeing baby buds.

The 'big daddy' paddle plant outgrew the terra cotta pot out front. It's new home is a galvanized tub from Home Depot: only $20 -- and I drilled holes in the bottom.

The ‘big daddy’ paddle plant outgrew the terra cotta pot out front. It’s new home is a galvanized tub from Home Depot: only $20 — and I drilled holes in the bottom.

Plus the one in front, in the original container, is sprouting more baby buds. So, decapitation successful!!

(Look at all the things you can do with a paddle plant in your landscape…http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/11363209/list/Great-Design-Plant–Paddle-Plant)