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.

Leggy succulents in your backyard will benefit from careful propagation. Do you know what to do? We share a simple method in 5 steps: https://gardenerspath.com/how-to/propagation/succulents-five-easy-steps/
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.

Cut back leggy succulents and start new plants in 5 simple steps: https://gardenerspath.com/how-to/propagation/succulents-five-easy-steps/
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.

Want to learn how to divide and propagate succulents? You've come to the right place! It's easier than you think: https://gardenerspath.com/how-to/propagation/succulents-five-easy-steps/
Photo by Allison Sidhu.

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.

Grow your own baby succulents from mature plants with these simple instructions: https://gardenerspath.com/how-to/propagation/succulents-five-easy-steps/
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.

Photos by Allison Sidhu, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock.

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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Kelsey
Kelsey (@guest_2017)
2 years ago

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?

Jason Pillay
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Reply to  Kelsey
2 years ago

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
Joyce Friedrich (@guest_3733)
1 year ago

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

Allison Sidhu
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1 year ago

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.

rocky
rocky (@guest_3753)
1 year ago

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.

Allison Sidhu
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Reply to  rocky
1 year ago

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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Reply to  Allison Sidhu
1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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
Lisa White (@guest_3805)
1 year ago

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
Nora (@guest_3920)
1 year ago

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

Grace Hx
Grace Hx (@guest_3923)
1 year ago

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

Mike Quinn
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Reply to  Grace Hx
1 year ago

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

Grace Hx
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Reply to  Mike Quinn
1 year ago

Yes. What should i do next?

Mike Quinn
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Reply to  Grace Hx
1 year ago

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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Mike Quinn
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Reply to  Mike Quinn
1 year ago

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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Reply to  Mike Quinn
1 year ago

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

Mike Quinn
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Reply to  Grace Hx
1 year ago

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-schultz and  Nan Schiller to answer your question as they are the resident succulent experts.

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1 year ago

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.

WendyA
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Reply to  Allison Sidhu
1 year ago

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 »

Amanda
Amanda (@guest_4016)
1 year ago

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??

Thank you 🙂

Luella
Luella (@guest_4031)
Reply to  Amanda
1 year ago

Waiting for an answer to the question as well.

Allison Sidhu
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1 year ago

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.

Makenna
Makenna (@guest_4039)
1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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!

Makenna
Makenna (@guest_4096)
Reply to  Allison Sidhu
1 year ago

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

Allison Sidhu
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Reply to  Makenna
1 year ago

You’re welcome!

Miriam Murray
Miriam Murray (@guest_4098)
1 year ago

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!
Miriam

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1 year ago

This is Echiveria!

Rod M
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1 year ago

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… Read more »

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Rod M
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1 year ago

Oh one more pic of the new purchase.

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1 year ago

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 »

Rod M.
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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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 »

Rod M.
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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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!

Sandi Schutz
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Reply to  Allison Sidhu
1 year ago

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!

Susan W
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2 months ago

I got some my best plants that way. I do ask first. But have never been denied the mixture of leaves on the floor.

Rod M.
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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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 »

Rod M.
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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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 »

Rod M.
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1 year ago

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 »

WendyA
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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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 »

Lisa Oliver
Lisa Oliver (@guest_4676)
1 year ago

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!

Jenn Mackie
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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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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Reply to  Allison Sidhu
1 year ago

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

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1 year ago

You’re welcome!

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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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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Reply to  lacie
1 year ago

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

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1 year ago

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

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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

Here is what I did

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1 year ago

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

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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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!

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1 year ago

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

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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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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11 months ago

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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11 months ago

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 »

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11 months ago

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)

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11 months ago

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

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11 months ago

What to do after my succulent is like this? Do I plant them now?

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10 months ago

Were you trying to include a picture, Cara? Once your cuttings have put out roots and new leaves, you can plant them in a succulent potting mix.

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10 months ago

Is there an app that’ll help identify the different types of succulents?

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10 months ago

I’ve tried a few apps specifically geared toward succulent identification and haven’t yet found one that I like. But my favorite app for general plant IDs is PlantSnap.

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10 months ago

Beautiful succulent 🙂

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10 months ago

Wonderful info and just in time. I want to make baby (little) gifts for Christmas giving. I enjoyed watching my first babies grow and now I can share.

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10 months ago

That’s excellent, Joey! I’m sure these gifts will be appreciated. 🙂

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10 months ago

I have a question. While my little leaves are laying on top of the soil waiting to sprout roots, is sunshine important? or can they stay in a darkened corner of my room? Thank you for your good article!

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10 months ago

No sun needed- too much sun can actually dry them out too quickly at this stage. But once they start putting out leaves, they will start to stretch and reach for the sun.

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10 months ago

Thank you for all this useful information, I am just at the stage of beginning propagate several succulents and I am keen to try your tips!

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10 months ago

Wonderful! Good luck, Michael. Please let us know how it goes!

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9 months ago

I have had zero luck with propagating leaves. Only 1 plant has been successful with beheading. I suck at succulents!

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9 months ago

What type are you trying to propagate, Jodi? Are you doing this indoors, or outside? Some can be more difficult to root than others, and too much sun exposure or temperatures that are too hot or too cold can impede progress.

I’ve found that some types that are more resistant to putting out roots readily will sometimes start sprouting if the whole leaf base or a piece of stem is suspended with the end touching or placed right above some water.

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8 months ago

I have a beautiful 40 yo cactus rotting at the base and want to know if/how I can save it by applying this method? Photo attached

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8 months ago

You can! However, propagating cacti tends to be a bit more difficult than working with other types of succulents, due to the spines. Place the plant on its side, and remove the pot and any loose soil. Wearing protective gloves and using a piece of plastic sheeting or a tarp to hold the cactus with one hand, carefully cut away the rotted portion with a clean gardening or kitchen knife. The aim here is to create one smooth, clean cut. Cut away the bottom row of spines one section at a time, at a bit of an angle from the… Read more »

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8 months ago

Hello, I am new to the page! I have recently become obsessed with succulents! I bought this succulent mix yesterday. After getting it home, I realized the dark green pointed plant (not sure of name) is poking into the outer leaf of the bright rounded plant (also not sure of name), and causing the leaf to wilt or die. I also noticed that one of the other leaves on the same plant must have been split while in the store. I am concerned, bc I have never seen the bright plant before, and I really want it to thrive! I… Read more »

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8 months ago

@allison-schultz maybe you can give me some advice?

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8 months ago

Hi Chandra, What a handsome arrangement! For your reference, the bright plant’s name is Kalanchoe luciae, also known as “Flapjack” or “Paddle Plant”. They’re fun and the edges will turn a stunning color of red with enough light! The pointy plant is some kind of Hawthoria. Hard to tell exactly which without seeing the underside of the leaves. I would advise carefully removing the damaged leaf from the Kalanchoe. It’s going to shrivel away eventually, and I find the leaves easier to remove when they’re still fleshy. In any case, the Hawthoria will not kill the Kalanchoe. They’re both pretty… Read more »

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8 months ago

Agreed with all of the above, Chandra, and thanks for your reply Jes! The only thing I’d add is that plants that are in good health tend to be more resilient. A succulent that is not overcrowded and that received the correct amount of water and sunlight (and that has not been handled too much or damaged in transit, as Jes suggested) will be less susceptible to leaf damage as well. Feel free to carefully remove those damaged portions, and enjoy your plants!

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8 months ago

Sorry but there’s some bad advice given here, does not instill confidence in me re: their other info. Terrariums are awful for succulents, there’s no drainage for water, nor air circulation, both of which are critical for succulents. Otherwise, this is doomed to fail.
Succulents, when planted in pots w/ drainage holes & fast draining mix are to be watered thoroughly to do well. W/ proper culture, pot & mix, they can handle it just fine & WANT more water than sparingly.

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8 months ago

Hi, I just got my order of succulent cuts in the mail. I’m super excited for them but don’t want to mess them up. Since they aren’t single leaves what do I do to make sure they don’t die?

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8 months ago

Hooray, these look beautiful and I’d be excited too! Since these are cuttings rather than single leaves, hopefully they will have a better chance of rooting and continuing to grow into full-sized plants. Depending on how recently these were cut, the cut ends may have already callused over. Winter climates indoors can be a bit tricky- I’d keep them just as you have them in your picture, exposed to air indoors and away from heat registers and bright sunlight for a week or two. With any luck, roots should begin to emerge. You also have a few other options that… Read more »

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7 months ago

Thank you soooo much, I have potted them in fun shallow pots that have rocks in the bottom and a soil/sand mix. I’m excited to see these grow. Hopefully will be able to post pics 🙂

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7 months ago

You’re welcome!

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6 months ago

Thanks for your beautiful write up. Before reading it, I planted the leaves of a variety of succulents in a large pot already ready with medium of nutritious soil, neem powder, and lots of perlite. However, the day before I had sprinkled just a little fistful of water to make the soil moist, but not wet. You said a dry soil is necessary to callus off. What is your prognosis of my dream succulents? Thanks a lot and warm regards.
(P. S. Temp here is 27 c. nowadays and my pot is shaded from direct sunlight.)

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6 months ago

Hi Suresh. I edited out your email address so that it doesn’t get scraped by spammers. We reply to all questions on the site in case someone else has similar questions. Allison or one of our other gardening experts will answer in the next day to two.

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6 months ago

Hi Suresh, Rather than planting succulent leaves and cuttings directly in moist soil, it helps to allow them to callus off first, and start to produce roots. This is what I usually do with mine before I plant them, either by setting them on a dry paper towel out of direct sunlight for a few weeks, or directly on top of a dry soil medium that’s appropriate for growing succulents. If they haven’t had time to callus before planting, there is a chance that they may rot before they have a chance to become established. But this is not always… Read more »

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6 months ago

Hi. Thanks very much to your kindest message. Soon after I quickly removed all the cuttings from potted soil and laid them in trayfull of dry cocopeat. As for 2 days earlier they were in the moist soil, preventive I mixed 2 tbsps of dry neem powder just so that roots don’t catch fungus. For 27c I guess I shall need to spray water through atomizer every 2 or 3 days on the cuttings. I usually mix a little the neem powder with potted soil as a disinfectant. I will not be spraying neem oil mixture on succulents in future.… Read more »

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6 months ago

Your Query: Neem cake is the de-oiled residue that can be used after Neem kernels are crushed for their oil. In this seed kernel are nutrients like NPK ((nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) as well as nortriterpenoids and isoprenoids. These nutrients are nematicidal in nature so the seed cake ends up with these properties. Neem cake is used in agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and the turf industry as an organic fertilizer as well as a natural nematicide. Neem cake is used as an organic fertilizer because of the various micro and macro nutrients which it is composed of. It will control, at the same time,… Read more »

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6 months ago

Excellent, thank you for the info! Many gardeners are familiar first and foremost with its use as a pesticide, but your explanation of its use as a fertilizer makes its value in this capacity clear as well.

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Reply to  Suresh Kenkare
6 months ago

Excellent, thank you for sending your photos on FB as well! Like I said over there, the succulent cuttings will acquire all of the water that they need to develop roots directly from the cuttings themselves – there is no need to add any extra moisture until they develop roots and are ready for planting in the soil. Succulents should always be watered at the soil level if possible, avoiding the foliage. Sorry to hear you had difficulty uploading your photos here! Seems that has been a common problem among readers lately, possibly having to do with the max image… Read more »

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6 months ago

Hi. You say, “Succulents should always be watered at the soil level if possible, avoiding the foliage.” While I appreciate your advice, I do have a dust problem outside in my room still. Usually I water in the succulents tray all over the plants (not spraying). Is this going to hurt the plants? Thanks in advance to your kindest message.

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6 months ago

Succulents are prone to rot if they are overwatered, so it’s important to avoid letting water collect on the leaves, or letting leaves rest on wet soil.

I hear you on the dust problem, though. To keep your succulents’ leaves looking shiny and clean, you can dust them periodically with a clean or slightly damp cloth. Do this carefully, to avoid detaching any leaves from their stems (if you do don’t worry – you can start new plants from these accidental “cuttings!”). A light feather duster would also work, or perhaps a quick burst of canned air.

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6 months ago

Hey, I am trying to propagate multiple varieties of succulents from complete leaf segments. I have pulled the leaves and set them out to callus, then applied rooting powder ( miracle grow fast root) and lightly covered the base in extra coarse forest product that was sieved out from cactus mix, also miracle grow brand. Some of the leaves seem to be rotting, and none have taken in the last couple weeks. Some have been planted more recently, and I wouldn’t expect them to be rooting yet. The soil is less than .5 inches deep, and I keep it wet… Read more »

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6 months ago

Thanks for getting in touch, Richard. It sounds like you’re hurting your succulents with a little too much love! But there are a few simple changes you can make to help your cuttings along. The wet soil is the main culprit here, as well as the greenhouse effect of the plastic film. Succulents like dry locations with low humidity, and the cuttings get all the moisture they need to produce roots from the leaves themselves. I recommend placing them on top of a dry surface such as a paper towel or completely dry soil for rooting. A grow light isn’t… Read more »

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5 months ago

This guy just plopped off the plant today. I think it got pinched. The end of it is pretty gnarly. What should I do with it and what kind of plant is it?

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5 months ago

Photo

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5 months ago

Another photo

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5 months ago

This looks like it’s Christmas cactus, Emily. Cut off and dispose of the damaged portions. Damage like this may be a sign of some type of rot due to overwatering- how does the rest of the plant look?

Check out our guide to growing Christmas cactus for more tips.

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5 months ago

It’s just this little nugget that looks like this. The rest of the plant looks great. Thanks for your help.

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5 months ago

You’re welcome!

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5 months ago

Hi! When getting ready to plant, should I wait until the “leaf” of my succulent has started to sprout a new plant, or should I plant the pink roots straight into the soil? Thanks.

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4 months ago

TQ.

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4 months ago

As long as the cuttings still contain some moisture to sustain new growth, I prefer to wait until new sprouts have emerged, in addition to the roots.

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4 months ago

I just beheaded several of my succulents. Where should I put them to dry? What kind of sunlight conditions? Low humidity area?

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4 months ago

Cutting off their heads can be a great way to start new plants, and clean up the look of the existing parents! You can follow the same directions described here for leaf cuttings – I like to allow mine to callus over and develop roots on a paper towel indoors, in a low light area with low humidity (away from windows, not in the bathroom). If the cuttings have leaves all the way down whatever stem remains, you might also try carefully removing some of the leaves so you will have an inch or two of stem to root and… Read more »

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4 months ago

Hi was wondering if I should cut them and where?! They’re starting to stoop and leggy. It was frail before and brought it back to life with watering it and made nice roots. Where should I cut them near the top rosette? I’m so scared to hurt them after bringing them healthy again!they’re part of the same plant they split in a Y formation*
Thanks

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4 months ago

This is photo from a month or two ago

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4 months ago

Your succulents are growing leggy because they’re reaching for the light, Michelle! Though your window is sunny, unfortunately it’s not bright enough to keep your succulents happy. Nonetheless, it does look like you did a great job reviving them from one month to the next. Try moving them to another location, or adding a grow light. Fortunately, you’re right – this is the perfect opportunity to take some cuttings and start new plants. The growth that is already leggy will stay that way, but with proper care (like what you’ve already provided, with brighter light), any new growth that emerges… Read more »

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4 months ago

I’d love to know if I’m using the wrong soil to propagate succulent leaves. I use miracle grow cactus soil. None have ever produced a plant… Roots yes, plant, no.

Thank you!

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4 months ago

Thanks for your message, Laura. We’d love to try to help you to get to the bottom of this!

A well-draining cactus mix should be fine, so I don’t think the soil is to blame. What else are you doing, or not doing – providing enough sunlight? Watering sparingly? When and how are you planting the cuttings after they develop roots? What type of succulents are you trying to propagate?

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4 months ago

Thank you so much, this is so helpful and fascinating!!

Alex
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4 months ago

What do I do at this point? Should I go ahead and plant with the “mother leaf” or does the leaf somehow need to be removed?

I also have this little one which hasn’t grown bigger than a nickle in size. Do i need to do anything to encourage growth?

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4 months ago

These look great, Alex! Baby succulents will grow slowly, but both of these are off to a good start. Be sure to provide plenty of light, and avoid overwatering.

You can go ahead and plant with the original leaf cutting attached- it’s currently still providing sustenance to the new plant, and removing it can potentially damage the new growth. It will eventually shrivel and naturally fall off on its own.

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3 months ago

This is my first post 🙂 … Attached is a picture of a “window pane” (?) succulent in an outside garden bed, as well as a pic of the garden bed for reference. Should this type of succulent be kept indoors instead of outside? Currently it is planted in a shadier area of the garden (see photo with red circle), but it still gets sun at certain times of the day. It has just never seemed to grow very much and seems like it’s always suffering a bit 🙁 – notice the brown patch in the pic. … It does… Read more »

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3 months ago

This guy was once gorgeous! Now, his outer leaves seem brown/yellow. Is he getting too much water? Too much sun? Any thoughts?

We planted a wide variety of succulents in this bed as kind of a “beginner experiment.” 🙂 We’re learning the hard way, but it has been a joy!

Thank you!

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3 months ago

Here are the photos that go with my last post ….

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3 months ago

Hello! I have propagated my succulents and they’ve grown roots what do I do next?

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Reply to  Olivia Sullivan
3 months ago

Hi Olivia, Congrats! Following the instructions outlined above, you can either continue to let them grow until they begin to develop new leaves as well – the original succulent cutting will continue to provide sustenance for the new plant – or you can move them to a well-draining container of succulent mix. Plant loosely on top of the mixture so the roots make contact with or are slightly below the level of the soil, and allow for plenty of space between cuttings. It can be difficult to know which way to position them until new leaves begin to appear, so… Read more »

Theo
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3 months ago

Great article, thank you.
Never knew about avoiding sunlight while they root, makes sense! Hopefully I’ll have more luck now. Read in the comments about water props, would be great to know more about that method!

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Reply to  Theo
3 months ago

Thanks Theo- we’re hoping to post a guide to water propagation in the near future- stay tuned!

Nazemi Fajeri
Nazemi Fajeri (@guest_8199)
3 months ago

Hi, I”m new on this planting thing… I did bought some succulent and the plants arrived after a couple of weeks, i planted it on a dry medium (i’m afraid of rotting due to over-watering) and a couple days later some of the succulents goes rotten… What should i do?

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Reply to  Nazemi Fajeri
2 months ago

Can you attach photos, Nazemi? And are you sure these portions are rotten, rather than being dessicated or dried out? Remove the dead or disease portions and water sparingly, every two weeks or so. Plants are often stressed after transplant, but given plenty of light and a small amount of water, hopefully they will perk up and begin putting on new growth.

Kim Broadley
Kim Broadley (@guest_8211)
3 months ago

I cut these last week. Do they look good to you?

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Reply to  Kim Broadley
2 months ago

The one on the left does, but the one on the right appears to have started rotting, unfortunately – throw that one away. With a little patience, hopefully the healthy looking one will sprout roots. Good luck!

Frank Sutcliffe
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2 months ago

Thanks for helpful information on propagation.
Thought you may be interested in these pictures.Succulents make ideal candidates for my four sided and flat planters.

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Reply to  Frank Sutcliffe
2 months ago

These planters are lovely. Thanks for sharing, Frank!

Judy
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2 months ago

I have learned a lot…
Thanks