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How to Propagate Succulents in 3 Easy Steps

Lyn is a horticulturist and YouTuber with over 35 years of experience growing succulents and cacti.

Propagating succulents is simple and easy.

Propagating succulents is simple and easy.

What Are the Easiest Succulents to Propagate?

I'm Lyn from Desert Plants of Avalon in Ireland, and in the video above I show the easiest succulents to propagate. Now the easiest succulents to propagate, in my opinion, are the echeverias, the graptoverias, the graptopetalums, and the graptosedums.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Propagating Succulents

Step 1: Find a Healthy Leaf

Choose a healthy leaf and gently twist it so it comes away. Make sure the cut part callouses over, or dries out, for a couple of days. The best thing to do is to lay it on a piece of kitchen paper and keep it in a dry, shady position for a couple of days.

Gently place the leaf on top of some well-draining cactus or succulent soil

Gently place the leaf on top of some well-draining cactus or succulent soil

Step 2: Plant the Leaf in Soil

Once it's dried, gently place the leaf onto the top of some well-draining cactus and succulent potting mix. You can make your own soil mix, or you can use a commercial soil mix.

Keep the top of the soil lightly moist and you'll soon see a plantlet at the base of the mother leaf.

Keep the top of the soil lightly moist and you'll soon see a plantlet at the base of the mother leaf.

Step 3: Moisten the Top of the Soil

Keep the very top surface of the soil very lightly moist. So give it a little bit of a spray every couple of days. This will help to encourage rooting.

A beautiful bowl of propagated succulents.

A beautiful bowl of propagated succulents.

FAQs

How Much Sunshine Should My Cutting and Plantlet Get?

Make sure that you keep the cutting in a bright position but away from direct sunshine until it has formed its root system. If it gets too much sun, it's more likely to shrivel back. So keep in a bright position, but away from direct sun.

How Long Will It Take for My Cutting to Take Root?

After a few weeks, you will start to notice a cute little plantlet starting to grow at the base of the leaf. And what will happen then? Root systems will start to form in the pot and the little plantlet will get bigger and bigger. The original mother leaf will start to die back, and the plantlets will grow more resembling its mother plant.

When Should the Plantlet Be Repotted?

Once it gets big enough that it's looking a bit crowded, then you can pot it up again into a larger pot. That's easy peasy.

When Is the Best Time to Propagate a Succulent?

It's always best to propagate succulents in the spring, summer, and the early fall. I wouldn't recommend winter. You have more chance of success during the growing season.

© 2021 Lyn Kimberley

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