July 11, 2023
Succulents are beautiful and eye-catching, but it can be expensive to buy all the different varieties you like. Fortunately, there is an easy and cost-effective way to get more of these plants without having to buy them every time – propagating from cuttings or leaves. Growing succulents from cuttings or leaves is easier than you think and do not require special tools or equipment. In this blog post, we will discuss the steps involved in propagating succulents from cuttings and leaves and provide tips on how to do it successfully.
Why propagate succulents?
There are many reasons to propagate succulents. One reason is to create more plants from a single-parent plant. This can be done by taking stem or leaf cuttings and growing them into new plants. Propagating succulents is also a great way to share plants with friends and family. If you have a beautiful succulent that you want to keep for yourself, you can take some cuttings and give them away as gifts.
Propagating succulents is also a great way to increase your collection without buying new plants. By propagating your plants, you can save money and have more plants to enjoy. And finally, propagating succulents is simply fun! It’s a rewarding process to see your cuttings grow into healthy, new plants.
What you need
To propagate succulents from cuttings, you will need the following materials:
- A sharp knife or pair of scissors
- A clean, well-draining pot or container
- Potting mix formulated for cacti and succulents
- Perlite or coarse sand (optional)
- Rooting hormone (optional)
- Succulent cuttings or leaves
How to take a cutting
To take a cutting from a succulent, first, wash your hands and sterilize your cutting tool to prevent the spread of disease. Then, using a sharp knife or pair of scissors, cut a stem or leaf from the plant at a 45-degree angle. Immediately after cutting, place the stem or leaf in water and allow it to be callous for a few days before potting it in well-draining soil.
How to take a leaf
To take a leaf from a succulent, first, make sure the plant is healthy and that the leaves are not too small. Cut or twist the leaf off at the base, careful not to damage the plant.
If you’re propagating from a leaf, you’ll need to let it callous over for a few days before potting it in well-draining soil. Water lightly and wait for new growth to appear before watering again.
How to pot your succulent
One of the great things about succulents is that they are very easy to propagate from cuttings. This means that you can easily grow more plants from a single mother plant. The best time to take cuttings is in the spring or summer when the plants are actively growing.
To pot your succulent:
- Start by filling a pot with well-draining soil. You can use a commercial cactus mix or make your own by mixing equal parts sand and perlite.
- Once you have your potting mix ready, take your cutting and remove any leaves from the bottom half of the stem.
- Dip the bottom of the stem in rooting hormone powder and then place it in the potting mix.
- Gently press the soil around the cutting to secure it in place.
Water your cutting well and place it in a bright, sunny spot. Keep an eye on the soil moisture level and water when needed, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. In 4-6 weeks, your cutting should have rooted and be ready to transplant into its pot.
Caring for your propagated succulent
When caring for your propagated succulent, remember a few key things. First and foremost, make sure that you’re giving your plant plenty of bright light. Succulents need lots of sunlight to thrive, so if you’re keeping yours indoors, be sure to place it near a sunny window. Secondly, water your succulent regularly, but be sure not to over-water it. Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering sessions. Lastly, remember to fertilize your succulent every few weeks with a half-strength fertilizer solution. By following these simple care tips, you’ll have a healthy and happy succulent in no time!
Propagating succulents from cuttings and leaves is an easy and fun way to create a beautiful, unique garden. By following the steps outlined in this article, you will be able to propagate your succulent plants quickly and with minimal effort. Just remember that it’s important to provide your propagated succulents with plenty of light, water, warmth, and humidity for them to grow healthy roots. With patience, you will have beautiful new succulents in no time!