How to Propagate Succulents: The Ultimate Guide

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If you're a succulent lover, then you know that propagating them is the easiest way of having an ever-growing collection. But how do you propagate succulents?

This blog post will go over the basics of propagating succulents. We will discuss different propagation methods and give you tips on caring for your newly propagated plants. So whether you're new to propagating or are looking to expand your collection, read on to know all about propagating succulents!

What are Succulents and Why You Should Propagate Them?

Succulents are draught-resistant plants with thick fleshy leaves and stems that can store water. You would be shocked to know that over 25,000 species of succulents! They come in various shapes and sizes, including cactus.

Succulents are great houseplants for those who forget to water the plants because they can go for long periods without water and are easy to grow. They can tolerate a high temperature, making them ideal for beginners who don't have much experience with gardening or plant care! They are a great gift too.

Propagating succulents allows you to get more plants for your collection without spending a fortune. It may seem a bit daunting for beginners, but with a bit of practice, you'll be able to propagate succulents like a pro!

Here's how you do it.

The Basics of Propagating Succulents

How to propagate succulents

There are many different ways to propagate succulents, but the most common forms are leaf cuttings (also known as offsets or bulbs), stem cuttings, or growing from seed. The methods vary depending on the succulent, but they all work well and produce beautiful results! Propagating is a simple process where you take a part of an existing plant and turn it into a new plant.

Propagating Succulents from Leaves

Leaf cuttings are the most common way to propagate succulents. This method is best for succulents with small leaves, such as echeverias and sedums. To do a leaf cutting, you will need:
● A healthy leaf from an existing succulent plant
● Sharp scissors or a knife
● A pot or container filled with moist soil
● A plastic bag or a glass jar

First, cut the leaf from the succulent plant using sharp scissors or a knife. Be careful not to damage the stem of the plant! Next, place the leaf in a pot or container filled with moist soil. Then, put a plastic bag over the top to keep it warm and humid (or use a glass jar).

Leave the plant in a sunny location for two weeks, where it will receive indirect sunlight until roots begin to form on the bottom of the leaf-cutting. You can remove the bag or jar from your plant and transplant it into a new pot or container when this happens. Be sure to water your plant regularly, especially during the first few weeks after transplanting.

Propagating Succulents from Stem Cuttings

Stem cuttings are another easy way to propagate succulents. This method is best for succulents with thick stems, such as agaves and echeverias, that have become leggy due to the lack of sunlight. To do a stem cutting, you will need:

● A healthy stem from an existing succulent plant
● Sharp scissors or a pruning shear
● A pot or container filled with moist soil
● A plastic bag or a glass jar

First, cut the succulent's stem from the desired cutting position using sharp scissors or a pruning shear. In the case of leggy succulents, remove the leaves from either side first before making your cut.

But before you propagate the stem, it is essential to dry to prevent it from rotting. Once it is dried up, place the stem in a pot or container and remember to water the soil a few times a week. Remember, it takes four weeks or longer for the leaves and roots to grow in stem propagation.

Propagating Succulents from Offsets or Bulbs

Offsets or bulbs are baby plants that grow at the base of the plant. Generally, plants like aloe, cacti, and hens and chicks produce offsets.

If you notice your succulent has grown offsets, don't propagate it immediately. Wait for 3-weeks so that it develops a proper root system. Once 3-weeks are up, carefully twist the offset until it releases the parent plant or cut with a scissor. Remember, your focus should be on preventing the roots from damage.

You can propagate the offset or bulb in a pot or container filled with moist soil. Make sure to water the soil once a week. The key is not to overwater it.

Tips & Tricks for Propagating Succulents

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Here are some helpful tips for beginners who want to try propagating succulents.

1. Choose Easy-to-Propagate Succulents

There are many types of succulents. Each type needs a different way to grow. The easiest succulents to propagate are kalanchoe daigremontiana (Mother of Thousands), sedum morganianum (Burro's Tail), and sedum rubrotinctum. If you are a beginner, we recommend starting with these.

2. Patience is Must for Propagating Offsets

Succulents are hassle-free plants, but they take time to grow. So, be patient when you propagate them. It is especially true for propagating offsets. You must wait for the offset to mature enough before removing it from the parent plant. If you rush this process, you risk harming or killing the plant.

3. Careful When You Water Succulents

Succulents absorb water differently from other plants. They use a complex system of their roots and leaves for moisture retention. Succulents need to drink water, but they need to do it slowly.

4. Avoid Direct Sunlight

Succulents naturally grow in deserts. So, they need direct sunlight for most of the day. This is true, but it is not necessary to have such direct sunlight when propagating them.

So, that's it! Follow our guide and have a little practice - you'll be able to propagate any succulent with ease. Be sure to share your successes (and failures) in the comments below. And if you have any questions that we didn't answer here, feel free to ask away.