How to Propagate Succulents

propagate-succulentsOne of the many great things about succulents is propagation. Basically all that means is taking leaves, seeds, bulbs or cuttings from one plant to grow another plant.

While this can be done with all plants, succulents and cacti are the easiest to propagate. Not only does this money, as you can multiply your succulent collection without buying more plants, but it is also really fun to do.

Materials you will need:

  • Succulents/Cacti
  • Fast draining succulent soil
  • Pots with good drainage
  • Pan or saucer
  • Cutting shears or sharp knife
  • Garden trowel

1. The first thing we want to make sure of is, that you’re using a healthy plant. Jades are an excellent succulent to start with, as they are very hardy and fairly easy to propagate.

2. Using a pair of cutting shears, cut off one of the branches on the plant, being sure to leave at least 2-3 inches of stem. Some people like to use cuttings only with leaves on them but it isn’t necessary.

3. Next you want to place the cutting in a glass or other container filed with water, be sure that the stem is at least and inch in the water. Let it sit in a shady area for 2 days, this will allow the cut stem to callous and will help prevent root rot.

4. Now you want to prepare your pot for your succulent cutting. Make sure you choose a pot that isn’t too big and make sure it has good drainage.  Fill the pot with the succulent/cacti soil and lightly water the soil so it is just moist.

5. Your now ready to plant the cutting. Insert the stem at least 1 inch below the soil and make sure the cutting is securely planted. Water the soil again, only this time more thoroughly to make sure all the soil in the pot is wet.

6. Place the cutting in the normal area you keep your similar succulents and give it about a month to develop new growth. Within time it will be a full size succulent just like the original plant.