Outdoor Gardening

How to Propagate Succulents

Succulents are one of my favourites. Succulents come in all shapes, colours and sizes, are easy to grow and care for. They thrive on neglect and somehow manage to look beautiful in spite of tough conditions. It is easy to propagate succulents, so they could be practically free if your neighbours and friends would spare you a few leaves from theirs!

Here are some step-by-step instructions on how you can propagate succulents:

1. Remove a leaf from a plant and leave it on a bed of moist soil.

To help it to form roots, you may dip the  calloused end of the leaf into rooting hormone. This is optional as succulents generally do not need rooting hormone, but it will help ensure success and speed up the process.

A leaf of a succulent removed and placed on a moist potting mix.

2. Wait for roots or emerging plant to grow.

During this process, ensure that the soil is moist but not soaking wet as succulents do not like being too wet. Leave the container of leaf cuttings by a warm window with indirect sunlight. If necessary, mist them everyday, but usually, this is not necessary as they have sufficient water stored in their fleshy leaves to get them going.

Succulents beginning to produce roots and small rosettes while the propagated leaf is still attached.

3. Plant into soil and watch it take off!

Once the leaves and roots have grown, you may break off the original leaf and plant just the new leaves and roots into soil.

Did that seem too easy? Have a go and let us know how you go!

We won’t be surprised if you manage to grow a diverse succulent garden in a short period of time.

Here’s a good option to accumulate over 200 succulents: