How to Propagate Succulent Leaves and Cuttings
No matter what stage of the propagation journey you’re in, we’ve got you covered. Let’s start with the basics: What even is propagation?
Propagation is the process of creating a new plant from cuttings or leaf droppings of another plant.
How do I start? To start the propagation process, you have a couple of choices: 1) propagate a leaf, or 2) propagate a cutting/offshoot
1. Leaf Propagation:
- You’ll need a leaf (or two or three or four!) from a ‘parent’ plant. You can either use healthy leaves that have already dropped, or gently twist and pull them off from the stem of your succulent.
- Lay the leaves on top of a tray of cactus soil (you can also use a plate or saucer or paper plate, whatever!)
- Set your propagation tray somewhere it gets partial or indirect sunlight every day (keep them out of intense, direct sunlight.)
- Wait 3 days for your leaves to form calluses where they were torn from the stem.
- Use a spray bottle to spritz your leaves every other day.
- After a few weeks, new roots and a rosette will start to grow!
- Time to plant your new succulent! As soon as your leaf has roots and the rosette (the new succulent) has grown large enough to pot, nestle the new roots into cactus soil with the rosette sitting on top. (
- WAIT! What do I do with the old leaf? You can nestle the old leaf into the soil along with the roots, leave it on top with the rosette, OR gently twist and remove it altogether.
- Water lightly once planted.
- After a week or so, proceed with a normal watering schedule just like you would any other succulent!
2. Cutting Propagation:
- Start by snipping a piece of stem or offshoot off the parent plant.
- Let the cut of the new segment callus over – this should take a few days.
- Then nestle your new plant in some dry cactus soil.
- Water very lightly once a week (just enough to get the top of the soil wet) for about 3-5 weeks.
- During this time, new roots will sprout from the cutting and you have yourself a new plant!
- If you cut the top off your succulent to propagate it, leave the roots and stump with a few leaves on it! Water it just like a regular succulent, then new rosettes and leaves will start to form on the stump like this:
Remember that leaf propagation is tricky. Some of your leaves will grow roots right away but take a long time to grow a rosette, or vice versa. Some may not propagate at all. Don’t get frustrated, it’s all trial and error!
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us @sucstu or firstname.lastname@example.org!
Happy planting 🌱🌵💚