Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Plants Take Root – Happy Little Succulents

Propagating Succulents: Everything you need to know to help your plants take root

As anyone that’s ever owned a succulent will tell you, propagating them is hardly rocket science, though of course, everyone can expect to struggle a little their first time around!

The best time to take cuttings is summer, but that’s more of a suggestion than it is a hard-fast rule and you can have a lot of success with cuttings a little later along, too. Plus, if life gives you unexpected succulent plants to propagate, or the bottom of your plant falls prey to root rot, then emergency cuttings are the best and often the only way to save it.

Your succulent’s genus and species is what’s going to determine what kind of cutting you can take from the plant. An example, most tender Sedums and some Echeverias can be propagated with either a leaf or a cutting whilst Aeoniums can only successfully propagated with cuttings --- leaves won’t do.

Every variety of succulent is distinct and unique, unlike all of the rest; if you find yourself unsure what will work, you’ve just to experiment and see what happens! 

1.      Propagating Succulents from Leaves and Petals

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Taking a leaf to propagate with is easy, you’ve just to be gentle. Carefully twist the leaf off the stem, ensuring it’s a clean pull and that you’ve left absolutely nothing on the stem itself. It’s O.K if you pull off a small sliver of the stem, too.

If you break a leaf off before the stem, you’ve got to go back and try again, pulling all the way clear down to the stem.



2. Propagating in Water

Propagating Succulents | Happy Little SucculentsYes, succulents hate water and yes, propagating them in it can be very successful regardless. What you’re going to do is remove a cutting of the stem from the succulent you’re trying to propagate and leave it out to dry for a few days. Then, fill a jar or a pot with tap water (you needn’t add any nutrients) and position the cutting so that just the tip comes into contact with the water. One way is to place cling film over the a glass bowl or jar that is filled with water. Next make little incisions with a shape knife and place the callused end of the leaf into the opening. And there you have it, all you’ve got to do now is place it in a bright warm spot and wait for new petals to start growing from the leaf!

3.      Propagating In Soil

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This technique works best with plants that have gotten a mite too leggy. Start by removing any leaves on the stem below the rosette-- wiggle them gently from side to side and make sure to keep the base of the leaf intact.

Then use shears to gently snip away at the rosette till you’ve only got a short length of stem left. Leave the cuttings to dry until the raw ends have calloused roughly over. Next, root them and settle in to wait!


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