Propagating succulents is easy! Find out how to propagate succulents from clippings and leaves.
As I mentioned in my post on succulent care 101, one of the best features of succulents is their ability to grow roots from mere cuttings. Seriously, you can grow a whole new plant from a succulent stem or leaf! Now if only money worked the same way… 😉
Propagating Succulents from Cuttings
This plant started as a tiny little succulent (just a 4″ pot, I think). As you can see, it has flourished over the past couple of years.
And the best part is that each of those little stems can grow an entirely new plant. I’ve broken off pieces of this guy and propagated the clippings to at least 10 other pots (some of which I’ve given away).
To propagate a succulent from a cutting, simply break or cut off a piece with enough stem to bury and clear off any leaves for at least an inch or two.
Then stick the stem cuttings down into the soil; wait a day or two (you don’t want to drown the plant immediately), and then water the pot as usual. Before you know it, they will start to grow roots and you’ll have another plant!
Propagating Succulents from Leaves
Some succulent plants have longer stems, making it a natural choice to propagate from stem clippings. But others are better propagated from leaves.
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Succulent plants and cacti with broader, flatter leaves (and shorter, less obvious stems) seem to work best in this method. To propagate a succulent plant from leaves, simply remove a leaf right at the base by twisting gently or cutting with a sharp knife. It’s important that the leaf be removed right where it meets the stem. Partial leaves will likely not propagate.
Now simply place your leaf cutting on top of the soil in a pot prepared for succulents (get my perfect recipe for easy DIY succulent soil here, or order some from Amazon here). It doesn’t need its own pot; a little empty space on another healthy cactus succulent pot will work perfectly! Wait 2-3 days at least for the cutting to dry out a bit, then water as normal.
In a couple of weeks (or possibly sooner if you’re really lucky), you’ll begin to see new roots and leaves coming out of the base of the leaf.
At this point, you can allow the plant to really dig in and grow in that pot, or you can transfer it to a new succulent garden or a fun, unique tiny pot. If you move it, it’s safest if you gather a little dirt underneath it so you don’t damage its new roots.
Now get all the info you need to keep those new succulent babies alive here. Shop some succulent pots below if you need ideas… And enjoy your new little succulent plants!
Don’t forget to pin it. 🙂