4 Steps To Perfectly Propagated Succulent

Succulent Propagation

If you’re dreaming of a succulent collection, all you need is one healthy plant and some love. Growing succulent from seed takes time. This process is worthy as soon as you see your new succulent bloom for the first time. However, if you already have one, you can simply propagate it from cuttings. This will save you some time that takes to make a collection you want.

Get the Cuttings

Succulent Cuttings

The only condition your succulent needs to fulfill to be a candidate for propagation is to be healthy. If you tend to propagate a rosette-shaped succulent, you can move step 2. However, if your succulent has central, trunk-like stems, just snip leaf-covered section of one of the stems that’s at least 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. Use sharp and sterilized scissors, because you don’t want to infect both new plant and one you already have. There is your cutting. If the stems you have to work with are bare or you can’t find lush growth long enough, cut at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) under the best-looking bunch of leaves.

You Can Propagate From The Leaves Too

Almost all succulents will propagate from the leaves. You can just pluck leaves from clippings or from the parent plant. The process is simple. Hold the fleshy leaf close to the stem and twist gently to remove it without harming the plant. Juicy leaves will fall off with ease, while others you may have to coax off. Youll notice on the leaf`s stem something that looks like a potato eye. That’s called meristematic tissue and that’s where small new roots and leaves will start to emerge from a few weeks after you start step 3.

Leaf Cuttings in the Pot

Start Watering

When you got them, place your cuttings and leaves on a dish filled with fast-draining soil, cut ends up and place them in indirect sunlight. You need to leave them like this for about three days, while ends callus over. Once that process is finished, you can use a spray bottle squirt everything five to six times until the soil is moist, but not soaked. You should repeat that whenever the soil is dry, which will be every four or five days. In this step, you really need to observe, be patient and keep the watering schedule. After about three to four weeks, you’ll notice tiny pink roots starting to sprout from your clippings.


Watch For the Pups

When your propagation process is in the sixth or seventh week, you’ll notice baby pups (tiny leaves) emerging from the parent leaves you left in the dish. At this moment, parent leaves may look shriveled. This is because they’re feeding the pups with all their water and nutrition. You can now transfer your cuttings and leaves to containers of their own. Just make sure you’re placing them in containers at least 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. For the last step, cover the new roots with 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) of soil.

Succulent Leaf Pups

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