How To Revive Your Busted Succulents

How To Revive Your Busted Succulents
How To Revive Your Busted Succulents

Thanks a lot, delivery person.

Every once in a great while, the sheer joy of opening your Succulent Studios subscription box may be suddenly replaced with the sheer terror of seeing your new plants in a sad, broken state. When this happens, do not hesitate in reaching out to us so we can make good on our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Seriously, take us up on it.

But as for your busted succulents, don’t lose hope! Succulents are miraculously hardy. They can grow new roots, and their cuttings can even grow brand new succulents! Here’s how to revive your succulents if they arrive a little worse for wear:

2 Most Common Succulent Injuries

Scenario 1: Fallen leaves.

When leaves fall off your succulent, let the leaves dry out for three days. This preps them for propagation, the process of growing new succulents from cuttings.

Here’s how to propagate your succulent’s fallen leaves:

  1. Let them dry out for 2 days, then place them on top of a layer of cactus soil (use a tray like the one in the video below, a pot, whatever!)
  2. Spritz with a little water every other day.
  3. After about three weeks, new roots and rosettes will have started form at the base of the leaf!
  4. Once it’s been about a month, plant the old leaf and new roots in the cactus soil with the rosette sitting on top — there’s your new succulent!

Propagation Timeline

Simple DIY propagation tray:


Scenario 2: Decapitation.

If your succulent’s stem has snapped off from its roots, there’s an easy fix!

  1. Set your succulent out for 3 days until the snapped-off part of the stem calluses over.

Callused succulent stem

2. After 3 days, nestle the stem in cactus soil.

3. Set somewhere it gets indirect sunlight and do not water it for three weeks.

4. When the 3 weeks is up, your succulent will have grown new roots! Water it and resume normal succulent care.

Here’s a video on how exactly to handle this situation:


If you have ANY questions about reviving an injured succulent, do not hesitate to reach out! Just email us at hello@succulent.studio and we’ll get you squared away with healed succulents in no time ❤

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