How to propagate succulents

I am new to raising succulents and cacti. For me, the appeal is that these plants are so unassumingly beautiful. The adaptations that these plants have to survive in extreme heat and dry conditions are amazing. They grow well inside or outside your home. They are perfect for miniature gardens as well as landscapes. Honestly, they are some of the most hardy plants that God blessed earth with. I don’t know about you, but I have a black thumb (as opposed to a green one:-)). If silk plants were alive, I would kill them, too. These are the plants that I do not kill. Why? Because they don’t mind if I forget to water them. By the time I remember to, it’s when they need watering. It’s a win-win situation.

As my collection grows, it is time to experiment propagating some of the varieties. I have been asked what I do to propagate them.

Here is how I do it:

1. Gently remove the lowest leaves of the plant you wish to propagate by simply holding the leaf closest to the stalk and twist carefully until it comes off.
2. Take as many as you want without leaving the plant bare. Leave about 3 layers from the top.
3. Place on paper towel or any container, really.
4. Place away from sun for a couple of days to allow the wound to callous.
5. After 2-3 days, place leaves on top soil.
6. For aesthetics, you can put them in a pattern. This part is not necessary.
7. Wait! Be patient until you see new plants sprout out from the wound.
8. Mist every 3-4 days.
9. Patiently wait until magic happens

Photo byย Yen Vu


Author: Joy

I am a wife, mom and teacher. My husband and I are now empty nesters but excitedly awaiting our first grandson in January.

2 thoughts

  1. Hi Joy! Chanced upon your blog through your post in fb where we’re friends. So we’re both into succulents! I have started collecting myself and I’d say it’s very addictive! Just sad that we only have a limited selection of varieties here in the Philippines. Congratulations on your blog, Joy! I love it! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

    1. Thank you, thank you for stopping by! I love succulents. We also don’t have a large selection here in Florida. I saw a lot of them in California. This is the reason I had to order them online:-)

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