Propagating Succulents in 5 Easy Steps

The succulent is one of nature’s most efficient plants, and one of the easiest to propagate.

A blue ceramic planter full of different kinds of succulents.

It’s a type of “xerophyte,” a shallow-rooted wonder that thrives in dry climates and stores water in fat, fleshy leaves and stems.

A Feast for the Eyes

Succulents come in an extensive variety of textures, colors, shapes, and sizes.

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From the smooth blue rosettes of echeveria hugging the soil in compact clusters, to the towering 6-foot agave Americana stretching toward the summer sun, they comprise one of the most fascinating plant species.

Succulents grow outdoors in temperate climates, and make excellent additions to xeriscapes, where irrigation is minimal. They’re at home between pavers, in rock gardens, and peeking out from crevices in stone walls.

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These versatile plants also thrive indoors in pots with good drainage, as well as in terrariums, provided they are watered sparingly.

My favorites are miniature varieties.

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I like to plant them in interesting containers, grouped to create an eclectic desertscape.

You’re going to fall in love with these low-maintenance beauties, and knowing how to propagate them means you can grow as many as your heart desires.

Be Fruitful and Multiply

Succulent plant propagation is a breeze. Of course, you may start from seeds, but it’s easier and faster to use the plants you have to produce even more.

Here are two easy methods:

Dividing

You may divide a plant in two ways.

1. Plantlet Removal

Remove plantlets, or offsets, that have sprung up alongside the mother plant.

Purple-tinged hen and chicks, with plantlets prime for propagating. | Gardenerspath.com
Hen and chicks.

These are fully-formed and rooted mini-plants that can grow independently.

Kalanchoe pinnata is a succulent that drops plantlets, perfect for propagating. | Gardenerspath.com
Kalanchoe pinnata.

With echeveria, a rosette-forming succulent, we call the main plant the “hen” and the plantlets are referred to as “chicks.” With barrel cactus, they are known as “pups.”

Kalanchoe pinnata plantlets, ready for propagating to start new succulents in the garden. | Gardenerspath.com
Kalanchoe pinnata plantlets.

Some succulents drop plantlets. Like seeds, they take root where they fall.

2. Root Separation

Unearth an entire plant and gently tease the roots apart. Plant the separated clumps individually.

Plants that have been divided by root separation may be placed in soil immediately.

For indoor plants, use a potting medium recommended for cactus and succulent plants, like Hoffman Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix.

You can also mix a handful of sand or perlite into potting soil. The proper mix promotes drainage and provides nutrients.

Hoffman Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix, 4 Quarts

Wait a day, then water sparingly.

Return outdoor plants to the garden when the sun is not directly overhead. Work the soil until it is crumbly, mound it up a bit, and make a shallow depression with room for sprawling roots.

A zebra cactus or haworthia with exposed roots, ready for dividing and starting new plants. Learn how: https://gardenerspath.com/how-to/propagation/succulents-five-easy-steps/
A zebra cactus, or Haworthia, with exposed roots.

Nestle your plant carefully into it and gently cover the roots with about an inch of soil. Tamp gently to secure.
Wait a day, and then lightly water the soil around the plant.

Cutting

With the cutting method, just cut off a piece of leaf or stem, let it dry, and you’ll have roots and shoots in no time. The trick is to keep it totally dry.

Here are two methods:

1. Leaf Removal

Remove leaves from your succulents, allow to callus off, and then plant in soil. We share the best tips for propagating succulents: https://gardenerspath.com/how-to/propagation/succulents-five-easy-steps/
Photo by Allison Sidhu.

Randomly remove several leaves, dry them out, let them grow roots, and plant.

2. Beheading

This is a good fix for a plant that has grown tall and spindly, or whose leggy bare limbs drape downward like a pendant.

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A gorgeous pink-hued succulent, from the front… Photo by Allison Sidhu.

Simply cut the head of the plant off the lengthy stem, leaving about an inch of stem attached. Dry it out, let it grow roots, and plant.

The remaining stem of a healthy beheaded plant should grow new leaves in a compact grouping, making for a sturdier, more attractive plant.

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From the side, you can see this plant has grown very leggy. Photo by Allison Sidhu.

As indicated, cuttings made from leaves and plant heads must dry out and grow roots before planting.

It’s not hard! Here’s how:

Propagating Succulent Cuttings

What You’ll Need:

  • Sharp shears
  • Garden gloves (for handling spiny varieties)
  • Small trowel
  • Potting medium for succulents and cacti
  • Containers with adequate drainage holes

How To:

1. Remove Some Leaves or Behead

Randomly remove a few leaves from your succulent plant, twisting gently to remove the entire leaf without tearing.

On leggy growth, these can be removed from the bottom portion of the stem, which will be discarded.

With just a few plants to begin and these tips for dividing and propagating, you'll never have to buy a new succulent plant again! Learn how to grow your own: https://gardenerspath.com/how-to/propagation/succulents-five-easy-steps/
Cutting back leggy succulents to make room for new growth. Photo by Allison Sidhu.

For plants like Christmas cactus, you may need to use scissors to remove an individual leaf.

If you are “beheading,” use your scissors or clippers to cleanly cut the stem about an inch below the lower leaves of the plant head.

2. Callus Off

Set the cuttings aside in any type of container or tray.

To propagate succulents, snip mature clusters from leggy stems and arrange leaves on a paper towel to callus off before planting. | Gardenerspath.com
Photo by Allison Sidhu.

They’re not fussy. No potting medium or water are needed.

Check them in about five days and see if each has formed a callus on the cut end.

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This protects the exposed soft tissue from bacterial penetration.

3. Grow Roots

Watch for the growth of roots over the next few weeks.

Start new succulent plants from cuttings, with these tips: https://gardenerspath.com/how-to/propagation/succulents-five-easy-steps/
After callusing off, roots begin to emerge. Photo by Allison Sidhu.

Leaf cuttings will begin to wither as they become food for emerging new plants.

4. Plant

When roots form, fill well-draining containers of your choice with potting medium, or select a garden location suitable for planting.

You can also opt to mix a handful of sand or perlite into regular potting soil.

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Baby succulents, starting to grow. Photo by Allison Sidhu.

Succulents thrive in sunshine and well-drained soil. Without sun, they grow pale, and with too much water, they rot.

Plant in a sunny spot in early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is less intense.

A vibrant desert garden, with succulents and cacti planted in the ground after being divided to start new plants. | Gardenerspath.com
A desert garden, with succulents and cacti.

Mound soil up to raise the cuttings above the edge of your container, or garden surface. Gently tamp the soil down to secure the roots, and do not water.

Embellish with decorative stones or pebbles as desired.

5. Water and Feed

The next day, water sparingly and gently tamp the soil down again.

As your new plants acclimate to their surroundings, growth will accelerate.

At this point, it’s time to purchase a succulent/cactus food, like Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food, available on Amazon.com. Administer per manufacturer’s instructions.

There are other techniques for propagating succulents, including placing cuttings on top of potting medium to callus off, thus enabling them to root themselves directly into the soil.

Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food, 8 Oz.

This method is great if you want to start your own potting nursery for many cuttings at once, however, you must keep the soil completely dry while the cuttings callus off and form roots.

Plan to spend a few weeks on the propagation process, trying various methods and noting results. A gardening journal is great for record-keeping.

A Note on Cactus Propagation:

Propagating succulents is easy and fun. From a plantlet, division, leaf cutting, or beheading, you can increase your collection of these beauties.

By now you may be curious about types of cactus we haven’t mentioned.

We know this: barrel types form pups that may be harvested and planted individually. And, Christmas cacti have individual leaves that may be cut, callused, and rooted. But what about others, like column varieties?

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We propagate by cutting.

Since the entire cactus is one giant leaf, the question is, where do we cut?

Simply cut into the top or side of a columnar cactus and remove a piece about an inch in diameter. Place it on a dry surface that won’t be disturbed and forget it for a few months.

During this time, provided it remains dry, the cutting will callus off and form roots. Then it’s ready to plant.

Stalwart and Stunning

I’m fascinated by succulents.

They make a spectacular display when planted in multi-variety groups, forming a tapestry of living colors, shapes, and sizes that remind me of a deep-sea coral reef.

Follow these simple steps to propagate succulents at home. | Gardenerspath.com
Photo by Allison Sidhu.

So hardy and vibrant, it’s hard to believe that they grasp the soil with roots that are barely threads, and require scarcely a thimbleful of water to thrive.

Heed the need for little moisture and water sparingly!

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This tip from succulent devotees is helpful: plant rosette-type varieties like echeveria angled downward.

This way, water runs out instead of accumulating and promoting rotting.

Ready, Set, Grow!

What are you waiting for?

It’s time to spruce up your décor with nature’s desert wonders and enjoy what may be the simplest and most rewarding type of gardening you’ve ever tried.

Propagating succulents at home is simple, if you follow this method to start your new plants. | Gardenerspath.com

Visit a local nursery and choose succulents that appeal to you. Nurture them and try your hand at growing new plants to share with friends.

And use the techniques described above to propagate these unique plants like a pro.

Do you have a favorite succulent? What plant propagation tips would you like to share? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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A collage of photos showing succulents being divided and propagated.

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About Nan Schiller

Nan Schiller is a writer with deep roots in the soil of southeastern Pennsylvania. Her background includes landscape and floral design, a BS in business from Villanova University, and a Certificate of Merit in floral design from Longwood Gardens. An advocate of organic gardening with native plants, she’s always got dirt under her nails and freckles on her nose. With wit and hopefully some wisdom, she shares what she’s learned and is always ready to dig into a new project!

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Thanks for this helpful guide.
I have beheaded a few of my leggy plants and after a couple of days the stems on them have gotten shrivelled and limp rather than calloused. Is this normal? Are they still okay to use?

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When you behead a succulent, keep them away from direct sunlight for a few days until calloused. PS: some succulent plants like aeonium will wilt alot before it starts rooting

Joyce Friedrich
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I have some small vine-like succulents. Do I leave them on the top of the soil?

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Have they developed roots, Joyce? Propagating the vining species can be more difficult, but not impossible. If you can be more specific about what the species might be, we may be able to provide some additional info to help you out.

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So, my family and I had no idea how it works but we ended up using the method of taking the plantlets but they are growing really tall, leggy, I think. Please help.

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Leggy growth is an indication that they need more light. To start, try moving them to a sunny location, and remember that potted starts need to be watered more frequently than established succulents typically will.

Valerie
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Hi, when planting the newly propagated cuttings, do you bury the mother leaf it has grown from or what do you do with the mother leaf?

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Since the mother leaf contains moisture, it will continue to nourish the new growth. You can either leave it on top of the soil and allow it to dry and fall off naturally, or bury it lightly.

Lisa White
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Thank you! I was also looking for the answer to Valerie’s question you answered above, what to do with the mother leaf. I also had no idea I should keep the cuttings dry even after they’ve callused over. I’ll stop spraying them now! Now to check out the rest of this website. I’m a former editor, and I’m very impressed with the content and design! I wonder if I’ll find any info on tomato gardening in containers… Lisa, Oceanside, CA

Nora
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Nora

Our succulents seem to LOVE rusted out containers. I can hardly contain them.

Grace Hx
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Hi,
This is what I have so far. Is this ready for potting?

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Mike Quinn

Grace Hx, were you trying to post a photo? If so, I don’t see one.

Grace Hx
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Grace Hx

Yes. What should i do next?

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Hi Grace Hx you’ll want to hit the little camera button to the lower right and then three boxes will appear. Click on one and you can upload a photo and can upload three at a time. They are limited to 6 MBs each which are larger than most phone cameras produce on standard settings. I’ve attached a screenshot for you to see.

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You might want to reply up at the top so the photo doesn’t squeeze in these nested comments.

Grace Hx
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Yes. The leaf has now 3 roots. What should i do next? Pls see the picture. This is my leaf.

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Grace Hx hmmm…not sure what’s going on with the photos (this is a new feature we just implemented). It uploaded ok. I’m going to attach it to my comment and then call on Allison Sidhu and Nan Schiller to answer your question as they are the resident succulent experts.

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This looks great Grace- you’ve callused off, and roots have grown. Scroll down to step 4 of our article- you’re ready for planting! Either set on top of or lightly cover with a loose layer of succulent planting medium in a well-draining container, and place in a sunny location. If you want to make your own well-draining soil that’s good for succulents, you can combine sand or perlite with regular potting soil.

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i was given a leaf from a succulent and let it dry. It grew a lot of red root threads so i put it in a pot in succulent dirt. The mother leaf is out of the dirt and it seems to be making a big root ball. The leaf is tipping over as the roots grow. I think a mini new leaf is going to grow at the base where the top layer of dirt is. I feel like i planted it upside down but its interesting to watch. Now I am studying your website and have many leaves… Read more »

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Hey there!

So do you water them at all when you place them on top of the soil after the five days of dry out??

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Luella
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Waiting for an answer to the question as well.

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Once your propagated baby plants are established with roots in the soil and they are beginning to grow, continue watering them regularly, just as you would mature succulents. The frequency with which you do this and the quantity depends on your local conditions and where they’re planted (i.e. in full sun or not, in pots or in the ground) but succulents should generally be watered once every 1-2 weeks. Make sure your potting medium drains well- they should never be allowed to sit in standing water.

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I cut the five heads off my stretched out Echeveria 4 weeks ago and dipped the cut ends in rooting powder and set the heads on top of dry soil. The ends have callused but there is no root growth yet. What should I do? (Meanwhile the trunk has exploded with tons of new rosettes which I am loving)

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Sounds like a healthy and vigorous plant! Some succulent varieties take better to propagation than others, though Echeveria usually responds well. Ends that have been cut rather than gently plucked may not root, and you’ll usually see some growth in about 2 weeks max. You might try pulling a full rosette and attempting to root that instead. Good luck!

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I checked on the heads today and they have developed roots! Thank you for the tips.

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You’re welcome!

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I’m trying to identify a new succulent I bought the other day. It looks just like the one you used in the propagating pictures. What is it called?
Thank You!
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This is Echiveria!

Rod M
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Hello, I got this arrangement from Walmart today Not bad for $20 in my opinion. There was another with an interesting succulent so I plucked a leaf hahaha. It is the one with the serrated shape. I haven’t see this one in many videos I watched online. Can you identify it? I hope the leaf calluses and grows roots as I only have one leaf. Oh look at my jade, hahaha. I use straws to keep it upright. Got that from Walmart about a year ago, was about 2″ tall. Thanks. Oh one question, is it not good to cut… Read more »

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Rod M
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Oh one more pic of the new purchase.

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Thanks for your questions, Rod. The serrated edge and slightly folded shape indicates that this is most likely some type of Kalanchoe, maybe Kalanchoe sexangularis. You’re right that it is better to gently pluck leaves for propagation rather than cutting them, as cutting will not leave the base of the leaf intact, which is required for a root to sprout. We go over this in a bit more detail in the article above. When your pot starts to become overcrowded, maybe in a year or two, it will be a good idea to split up these plants in their own… Read more »

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Hi, thanks for the great info and advice. I do have a spot in the same area closer to the window. I was more concerned about burning but I live in an apt and only have a few spots for them. The jade was in terrible soil so I repotted in fat plants san diego soil which got great ratings. I am going to be making DIY soils shortly as it’s more cost affective and I have a nursery down the block from me for perlite and course sand. The regular potting soil with out vermiculite (spelling) I should be… Read more »

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You’d be surprised how much less light indoor plants actually get in a sunny window compared to full sun exposure outdoors. If your window is southern facing, and you’re able to get your plants in there as close to the window as possible, that’s going to be your best bet. Good luck with the homemade mixture! And congrats on your happy and abundant aloe plant- sharing the extras with friends is always rewarding. Plant division for aloe is relatively easy. When the majority of the pups are at least 3 inches tall (or when your pot is so overcrowded that… Read more »

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Okay, so the aloe is all seperated, did it last night lol. Most have roots. They roots are just about dry so I think tomorrow night along with the succulents we discussed about will get planted. I am also letting that house soil dry a bit with the bag open as it was damp. I know the dryer the soil the better for initial planting, no? Maybe I took on way to much to soon but was excited, I know this is proabably a noob mistake, plus it’s spring, best time to do all this from what I read. Thanks… Read more »

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You’re so welcome! I usually plant succulents in dry soil since it’s less messy to work with, and you won’t have to worry about overwatering your plants as soon as they’re potted. Letting the soil dry out a bit is a good idea, and supplementing with sand/gravel should also help. Wait to water until the soil feels dry again about 1 inch below the surface.

So many gardeners are in the same boat right now- spring is here and we want to plant everything!

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I noticed that there are lots of succulent leaves on the floor at my local nursery. I don’t feel guilty at all about picking them up and saving them. They’re just going to be swept up and thrown out!

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Hi, Rod again, the plant I posted a few days ago from walmart, i noticed the soil was ultra fine with tons of very fine sand which I read isn’t good. It was way to wet over the few days in a nice warm room with plenty of sun. I never had soil stay so wet so long. So I emptied and cleaned the pot and seperated the plants and cut the tops so I can propate those but kept the stumps with the soil. See photos, how many days should I let these dry before repotting. The soil was… Read more »

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You’re right- potting soil for succulents should be sandy, but it should also be porous, so that it drains well. While coarse sand is ideal to include in a potting mixture, you’ll find that something like a very fine builders’ sand is sometimes used, and that won’t achieve the results that you’re looking for. If you want to make your own, try a mixture of potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite. I also like to put a layer of small pebbles or river rocks in the bottom of my pots before adding the potting mixture, to help facilitate drainage. If… Read more »

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Great, thank you, so here’s the deal. The nursery around me, considered one of the best in the area, has their own indoor houseplant mix. They only use on it indoor house plants, nothing else. Very light and airy already mixed with perlite. I touched some of it and was suprised to how airy it was. I got a decent size bag for $5. Since no one around here sells sand, I picked up a small bag of semi small gravel, about 1/8″ in size give or take. I am washing that out right now as I type this (if… Read more »

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Sounds great to me! I’ve used a bagged coarse sand from my local nursery that looks exactly like that, and use it to make my own succulent soil mixes. Good luck with the repotting! As long as they aren’t in bright light, they should be okay. I’ve run into the same issue- so many of the big box nurseries (and some of the smaller ones as well) sell soil products with water-retaining crystals, or other additives like fertilizer. Does the light houseplant mixture that you found include soil, or is it soil free? Since you say it’s already very light,… Read more »

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Allison, thanks again for the reply. I think they are really more small pebbles than sand but I think it shouldn’t matter as all it does is improve drainage. I will keep you in the loop on the progress but we know all this will takes weeks. The house mix is soil with perlite. I think they said there is a small amount of fertilizer. Thanks for the ratio I hope it works for all including the aloes which are now are separated and drying. They will be repotting tomorrow. This aloe was in a small 4″ pot, the mama… Read more »

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Hello, love the article, photos, and the great discussion. I have a bunch of leaves that have grown roots from laying out on top of dirt, many have tiny new plants growing too. I thought i would buy the succulent bagged soil and small stones to plant them now, leaving the mother plant on top and just burry the roots. Also, I have leaves and cut tops rooting in water. The leaf is growing new tiny plants at the base too so they seem happy. Do you think i can plant these in dirt now too? Hopefully it wont shock… Read more »

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Bagged succulent soil is a great option, Wendy, or you can make your own with a mixture of coarse sand, potting soil, and perlite to create a mix that drains well. Separating the plants that are beginning to root from the mother, allowing them to callus, and then replanting where they will have plenty of space to spread is your best option. What kind of succulents are you growing? Sounds like a fun experiment, and I love your attitude about gardening! Propagating succulents in water is something that I haven’t tried, but I know some gardeners are strong advocates for… Read more »

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Hello Nan, What should I do with these “leggy” succulents? The stem keeps getting longer and now the plants are draping over the side. Is an option to put them in the ground? Should I cut off the florets and repot? Thank you!

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I am so glad I found this group! I have quite a few questions I haven’t been able to find the answers online. I started an experiment July 10. Leaf propagating inside/outside, just left on top of soil hoping for roots, and indoor water prop. The leaves outside all shriveled and died, is it because it’s been too hot? I live in Nevada and it’s been over 100 degrees. The leaf cuttings i placed inside to dry, most have shriveled and died, but about 4 have barely started new roots which I’ve been lightly watering just the roots( is that… Read more »

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Sounds like a wonderful experiment, Jenn! I’ve had some of the same issues with hot weather when starting my own new succulent plants in southern California. First, be sure that you are carefully removing leaves- if the full leaf is not intact, they may shrivel or fail to root. Some varieties are also easier to propagate than others, no matter what you do. Secondly, although these hot summer temps are perfect for mature succulents, new cuttings may not be able to retain enough moisture to start new plants. I actually don’t water the roots at all when I am propagating,… Read more »

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Jenn Mackie

Thank you Allison!! I am definitely trying the bathroom technique mentioned! I’ll keep you posted!

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You’re welcome!

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Allison, my plan now that I have roots and babies is to plant in individual pots with drain holes. Question 1: how often should I water the baby plants? #2. Is it best I keep them inside until spring when they’re more matured, then place pots outside to prepare for the desert summer months? 3. Once they’re established to a decent size, Before I move them outdoors In spring, can I repot them and place them in bigger or new pots? And/or repot them with different propagated succulents? Thanks SO much!

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First, be sure to plant them in a well-draining succulent mix. Typically this will be a combination of potting soil and coarse sand, maybe some perlite or vermiculite. You can make your own, or purchase a pre-blended product. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. I usually water baby plants once a week, or twice a week if I notice any signs of wilt (the leaves will wrinkle/begin to shrivel). They typically need less water when they are dormant in the winter, so I sometimes reduce waterings to every 10 days or two weeks, depending on how much… Read more »

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I received my order of already caullosed off cuttings. Can I tuck them in/lay on dry succulent mix to root or do they need to be off/out of the soil completely?

First succulents except a long suffering aloe vera!!!

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How big are the cuttings? Letting them rest on top of dry soil until they root should work!

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This is what I did, do I need to lay them on their sides instead?

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Looks like a beautiful arrangement! Keep in mind that some of these may quickly outgrow the space that you’ve given them. I usually leave cuttings on their sides or place them on a tray or paper towels (without soil) until I can see root development before planting, but this may work too. Let us know how it goes!

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lacie

Here is what I did

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ellen henke

just curious if Portulaca is a succulent can you propagate by putting their ‘leaves’ in the dirt?

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Portulaca is a little different from the succulents described in this article, but you can propagate it from cuttings. Take a cutting about 3-4 inches in length, and gently remove the bottom leaves to leave about an inch bare at the cut end. Remove any buds or flowers. Place the cut end in well-draining potting soil, and avoid overwatering – water after planting, and again whenever the top inch or so of soil feels dry. Roots should develop in a couple of weeks. Good luck!

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Willow

Hi! I beheaded one of my succulents, but left the rest of the plant in the soil hoping that it will grow some more rosettes. Do I continue to water the plant left in the soil normally, or do I wait for new growth to shoot out first before giving it water? Thank you.

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I’ve done this with some of my own, and the results have been hit or miss. But if the roots are still intact and the remaining portion is healthy, there’s a good chance that it will regrow. What type of succulent is it? You don’t want the remaining base of the plant to get overly dry, so I would recommend maintaining a normal watering schedule. Avoid actually watering the plant stump itself, since the exposed cut portion may rot if it is exposed to too much moisture. Good luck!

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Willow

Thank you for the advice! To be honest, I’m not sure what kind of succulent it is. I got it in a 1/2 price arrangement from Home Depot a couple of months ago, and it was etiolated, but otherwise healthy. My best guess is that it’s an echeveria ruffle type, but I’m not positive. Fingers crossed that it stays alive!

STUART GINNEVER
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STUART GINNEVER

why has my succulent developed shoots like this and what do I do about it please ?

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Don’t worry, Stuart- you should be pleased! This looks like a type of Peperomia, perhaps P. ferreyrae (aka pincushion Peperomia, radiator plant, or happy bean). And that strange shoot is a flower stalk! Though many gardeners would probably agree that this type of succulent does not get the most stunning flowers, this is a good sign that you have been giving your plant the proper care in terms of watering and temperature, and plenty of light. My best advice is to keep doing what you’re doing! It tends to be difficult to coax potted indoor succulents to bloom. If you… Read more »

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Dina Autore

I have used both water and dry propogating techniques, both have been successful for me.
I experimented during Summer, leaving my “Leaves” outside on a mostly shade porch . I lightly sprayed my leaves, only when I noticed the pink roots.
I now 3 months later have fully formed babies!
My water prop was just as successful! I have both sets growing together now.

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liliam

Hi, I am planning a baby shower and will love to give out succulents as a favor. If I try doing it with this method ather than buying all-new 2″ succulents how long will it take for them to grow 1-2″.

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What a lovely idea for baby shower favors, liliam! The speed with which you will be able to do this will depend in part on the type of succulents that you’re trying to grow. To get 1-2″ succulent babies that are ready for gifting to grow from leaf cuttings, this will generally take several months at minimum for all easy-to-propagate varieties. Rooting is a quick process, whereas developing new growth happens more slowly. I’m not sure where you are located, but if you don’t live in a growing zone where succulents may be grown outdoors year-round, ensure that your newly… Read more »

Helga Foo
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Helga Foo

Can I propagate from half of the succulent leaf? (apparently the part where the roots supposed to sprout started to rot, so decided to cut it away)

Allison Sidhu
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No, unfortunately this won’t work. Try again with some more cuttings!