How to Propagate Succulents (the easy way!)
I can’t get enough of Succulents. I have many plants around the house, but Succulents are my favorite. One of the reasons I love them is because they are so easy to propagate. Today I’m going to show you How to Propagate Succulents the easy way! Once you learn this method, you’ll never have to buy succulents again!
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How to Propagate Succulents
To propagate succulents you’ll need a tray and succulent soil.
This method of propagation uses cuttings, which are leaves that are broken off by hand. This is perfect for Echeverias which have grown “leggy”. Succulents get leggy when they aren’t getting enough sunlight. The stem grows long and the leaves have large spaces between them. Leggy succulents are the perfect candidates for propagation!
To get a cutting- grab one of the leaves by the base and gently rock back and forth until the leaf breaks off. A good cutting will have the whole base intact (like in the picture). New succulents will only grow from good cuttings. The bad cutting (pictured) shows that the base of the leaf has been broken off. A new succulent will not grow from this cutting.
Place the cutting on a paper towel and allow them to dry for a few days. A callous will form over the leaf base. This is an important step. If the cuttings haven’t dried, they will rot when you put them in soil.
Spread some succulent soil in a shallow tray. Arrange the dried cuttings and water minimally. Within a few weeks roots and tiny succulents will appear (this is the best part!). Once the roots and tiny succulents arrive, water once a week. Eventually the large cutting leaf with wither and it can be removed.
Succulent plants love full sun, but the cuttings don’t! Place the tray in an area with indirect light. Don’t put the succulents in bright light until they are established.
This propagation method is low maintenance, so you can always have a tray of succulents cuttings rooting. They make great gifts and they’re also perfect for larger cluster plantings!