Have you ever looked at a succulent and thought: “I wish I could multiply this plant”? Well, you can! Propagating succulents from leaves and cuttings is very easy and you can divide these plants endlessly. I recently tried my hand at propagating some of a family member’s extensive succulent collection and the process is going great so far. Propagating is also a good option if your succulents become too leggy.
Keep reading for a handy step by step succulent propagation guide that contains everything you need to know to succesfully grow succulents from leaves and cuttings!
Step one: Get your cuttings
The first step is to get some leaves or cuttings from the succulent(s) you would like to propagate. To remove a leaf, don’t cut it through the middle: just gently twist it off. Not all succulents grow from leaves, but if you don’t want to have to scour the web to see whether yours will, the best option is to just try it. If you don’t have any succulents, a cheap option is to buy some cuttings online to get your collection started!
After obtaining your leaves or cuttings, leave them to dry for a few days: I usually leave mine around a week or until I have time to prepare them. This drying period gives the cuttings time to callous, which will prevent any rotting later in the process.
Step two: Prepare a pot
Once you’ve obtained your succulent leaves/cuttings and let them dry for a while, it’s time to prepare a pot for them. If you have a bunch of leaves or cuttings to propagate, a relatively low, wide pot similar to this one should work so you don’t have to place all of them in individual planters.
Once you’ve got your pot, fill it with some premade cactus soil mix or a 50/50 mix of potting soil and sand/perlite.
Step three: The waiting game
If you obtained leaves to grow new succulents from, you can simply place them on top of the potting soil and move your pot(s) to a place with plenty of indirect sunlight. And then you wait! While waiting for baby succulents to appear, water regularly by spraying the leaves once the soil dries out. Remember that, as with all succulents, it can be a little difficult to find a balance while watering and things should neither be too wet nor too dry.
Not all leaves will produce new succulents, but you should see teeny tiny roots and eventually leaves start to appear on some of them after a while. During Winter this could take a few weeks, while it can be a much quicker process during Summer. Cover the little roots with some soil and continue watering; you can carefully remove the original leaf after a while or just leave it on until it falls off by itself.
If you’re propagating succulents from cuttings, the process is a little different. You don’t have to wait for a new succulent to form, so you can just stick the stem portion into the soil and voila! Spray regularly until you start seeing some growth on your cuttings and then carefully switch to a regular watering schedule.
Yes, it’s that easy. Of course not all propagation attempts will be succesful but this is a great method if your succulents are becoming leggy due to not getting enough light or if (like me!) you find someone whose collection makes you feel some major succulent envy and they’re nice enough to let you remove a few leaves.
Happy propagating! If you’ve tried propagating your succulents using this method, be sure to leave a comment below and tell me how it went.