I had the stick in a baggie for 3 weeks and removed it this week. Existing leaves looked fine at first upon removal. Now they are dried out looking. At this point, would it be beneficial to cut them off to let the energy go into the roots (well assuming it rooted) This was the auction plant Lee brought. It had beautiful leaves but was not rooted. Everyone also got a stick with no leaves. Mine that did not have leaves looks fine and is throwing new growth.