February 26, 2024

How to propagate succulent? 7 Succulent Propagation Ideas (DIY Guide)

Propagating succulents can be difficult, but it’s so rewarding when you see them take root and grow. It can be tough to propagate succulents because you’re not sure what the best method is or if you’re doing it correctly.

Our easy guide to propagating succulents will show you how to propagate succulent the right way, with simple step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow. Plus, we’ll give you some great tips for keeping your succulents healthy and thriving.

How to propagate succulent
How to propagate succulent

How to propagate jade plant

The easiest way to propagate a succulent is from an offset. This is when the succulent sends up new shoots from its base, forming baby plants beside the parent. To propagate jade plant, simply clip off an offset from the mother plant and pot it up. Make sure your offset has a bit of stem attached to it as well as roots.

The easiest way to propagate succulents is by division. This is when you separate the clump of plants into smaller groups, making sure each group still has roots. Then, pot them up and water well.

Divide your succulents into smaller groups to propagate them with ease.

If you love succulents, you’ll be happy to know that there are many other plants that can also be propagated in the same way. However, some of these plants can be a bit more difficult to propagate, so you should take it slow and make sure to follow exactly what we tell you.

Jade Plant
Jade Plant

How to propagate string of pearls

Among the easiest houseplants to propagate is string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus). You can simply place the plant in a pot of soil, and after a few weeks it’ll sprout new growth. Once your string of pearls is big enough to be divided into separate clumps, remove it from the soil and separate the small rosettes. Pot them up in a container of moist succulent or cacti potting mix, and you’ve got a whole new plant.

string of pearls
string of pearls

How to propagate cactus

Cactus are really easy to propagate. You can even keep your cactus plant healthy by taking cuttings when it’s in leaf, as long as the temperature is above 15 degrees Celsius. When you take your cutting, make sure to use a rooting hormone and pot it up in succulent potting mix. Place your cactus cuttings in a warm, sunny spot and you’ll have a new succulent plant before you know it.

how to propagate succulent
cactus

How to propagate snake plant

Propagate snake plant by placing it in a pot of soil, right side up with the leaves on top. Keep the soil moist, and it will produce new shoots in no time. If you want to create a bigger plant, separate the baby snake plants and pot them up.

If you want to create lots of new plants then try propagating snake plant with cuttings. Allow the cut end of the plant to dry out for a few days, then pot it up in succulent soil. Place it somewhere warm and sunny until new roots have formed, then transplant it into a bigger pot.

How to propagate succulent
snake plant

How to propagate succulent from leaf

Take succulent leaf cuttings by removing the lower leaves and potting them up in succulent soil. Place the leaf cuttings in a warm, sunny spot until new roots form (about 3 – 6 weeks).

If you’ve propagated your succulents correctly, they should begin growing in no time. Keep each new plant watered well, and provide them with lots of sunlight. With the right conditions, your new plants should thrive and grow to be big, healthy succulents. 

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How to propagate succulents from cuttings

Succulents are pretty easy to propagate. Take your cuttings, put them in the ground, wait for roots to grow then you can plant them in a pot or garden. If you need a bit of help, here’s a great tutorial with pictures to help you out!

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to grow new succulents from cuttings:

1. Cut off a section of the succulent with a clean, sharp knife. Make sure you leave enough stem and leaves on the cutting so it can grow roots.

2. Let the cutting dry for a few days. This helps prevent disease and lets the plant form a callous over the cut end, which makes it easier to plant.

3. Fill a pot with succulent soil or cacti/succulent potting mix. Make sure your pot is deep enough for the cutting to grow into a full plant.

4. Place the succulent cutting in the pot, right side up with the leaves on top.

5. Cover the cutting with soil. This helps protect it from drying out.

6. Place your new pot in a warm, sunny location and make sure to water it regularly.

7. New roots should appear within a few weeks, and the cutting will begin growing in no time.

How to propagate ghost plant

The ghost plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense) is another super easy succulent to propagate. Growing ghost plants takes a bit of time, but is so rewarding in the end. You can propagate ghost plant by simply placing it in a pot with soil, or take cuttings with leaves, allowing them to dry for a few days then planting them in soil. See the instructions below for details on both methods.

ghost plant
ghost plant

How to propagate aloe vera

Aloe plants are another succulent that is incredibly easy to propagate. Simply cut off a section of the aloe plant with a sharp knife and allow the cutting to dry out for a few days. Then, place it in soil and wait for new roots to grow so you can transplant it to a new pot. See below for details on how to propagate aloe vera plants.

How to propagate aloe plants:

1. Cut off a section of an aloe plant. The cutting should be at least 8 inches long and have a few leaves on it.

2. Dry the cutting for 1-2 days, allowing the cut end to form a callous. This protects the plant from disease and bacterial rot.

3. Fill a pot with cactus/succulent soil, making sure the pot is deep enough for the cutting to grow into a full plant.

4. Remove any remaining leaves from the cutting, leaving only the growth tip exposed.

5. Place the cutting in the pot, right side up with the growth tip on top.

6. Cover the cutting with soil and pat down gently.

7. Place the new pot in a warm, sunny location and make sure to water it regularly.

8. New roots should appear within a few weeks, and the cutting will begin growing in no time.

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How to propagate Mother of Thousands

If you want a new mother of thousands plant, you’ll need to take cuttings and let them grow into separate plants. Mother of thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana) is incredibly easy to propagate and works great in succulent arrangements. Basically the step is same as with most succulents, you need to take a cutting and allow it to dry for about a day before planting.

Mother of Thousands
Mother of Thousands

Can succulent be propagated in water?

Yes, you can grow succulents in water. The best thing about propagating succulents in water is that they root exceptionally fast and you can tell if they have started growing. To propagate a succulent in water, simply take a cutting and hold it upright in a glass of water. Then, place cling wrap over the glass and secure it with a rubber band. This will help create a humid environment for the succulent to root and grow.

How to propagate xerophytes

1. To encourage your succulents to sprout new leaves, simply cut off a few stems from the bottom of your plant.

2. Lay the stems in a shallow bowl filled with sand or gravel and add enough water to cover them.

3. Set the bowl in a warm, sunny location and water your cuttings when the top layer of soil begins to dry out.

5. The cuttings should sprout new leaves in two weeks or so.

6. Once they have developed enough roots you can move them into new pots.

7. You can take cuttings from your plants once they have grown large enough to use as a mother plant or if you want to take clones of the original plant.

Tips of propagate succulent :

Now you’re all set to start your own succulent garden! These 5 easy-to be understood tips will help get things started.

1. Soil

The best mix you can use to grow succulents is 50% sand and 50% potting soil. You can also add in about a quarter of compost or steer manure to supply nutrients to your plants.

2. Watering

Succulents need very little water. Keep the soil fairly dry, only watering when it begins to feel light and not enough water is coming out of the pot’s drainage holes.

3. Sunlight

Succulents can live in full sun, but they will need to be watered more often. During the spring and summer months, they like to be in partial shade.

4. Temperature

Most succulents do well in a range of 15 to 35 degrees Celsius. During cold winter nights, they need to be protected from frost.

5. Pests

Since succulents are drought tolerant and grow slowly, they don’t usually suffer from insect infestation. Sometimes you might find mealybugs or aphids on the plants. Just give the plant a shower to remove them.

Pest & Disease

To grow a healthy and lovely succulent, you must beware of pests and diseases.

● Fungus gnats (1) can be a problem especially if your succulents are regularly watered. Cut off any diseased part of the plant and dispose.

● Root rot is caused by excess water which deprives the roots of oxygen. It can be prevented by planting succulents in well-draining soil.

● Rotting leaves are caused by excess water. If the leaves of your succulent begin to turn yellow, brown or papery, it is time for them to dry out.

● Burrowing pests such as rodents, root mealy bugs and nematodes can be difficult to control. The simplest solution is to grow your succulents in pots with drainage holes.

● Aphids can be controlled by spraying them with soapy water or an organic insecticide.

● Snails and slugs can be removed during the day by hand.

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Succulent is great idea to grow

Succulent is easy to grow and ideally for a small space.

You can grow them in your backyard garden or even in a pot on your windowsill. They will not need much water since they are adapted to dry and hot climates.

Just be careful of pests and disease since succulent is a slow grower. You should protect them from the cold during winter.

Succulents can be grown from seeds, cuttings or called offsets at the base of some plants such as aloe.

You can propagate them by just putting stem in a glass of water and cover it with cling wrap and rubber band. Make sure the water level is just below the roots.

You should see sprouting in a few weeks. Now you have plenty of new succulents, so you can share or sell them.

Final thought

Conclusion paragraph: So, there you have it! Propagating succulents is not as hard as it may seem. By following these simple steps and using the right materials, you can create new plants to share or give away in no time at all. Have you tried propagating succulents before? What tips would you add?