If you’re like me you’ve probably wondered why you’ve struggled to grow succulent cuttings. If this describes you, you aren’t going to want to miss this must watch video. It shows you everything you’re going to need to know to grow succulent cuttings!
But also check out our 20 tips on growing succulent cuttings below the video!
Succulents are beautiful plants that can brighten up every corner of your home. They’re easy to care for and propagate; from the cuttings of the parent, you can grow dozens of other charming little plantlings.
In today’s post we’ve put together 20 amazing tips and tricks to that are sure to help you grow succulent cuttings like a pro.
1. Sharp tools
When cutting a leaf from your succulent plant for propagation, make sure to use sharp scissors or shears to get a clean cut. The succulent should be cut right above a leaf upon the stem
A fresh succulent cutting needs to be left in a warm place for 2 to 3 days in order to dry. A callus will form during the process after which the cutting can be planted soil.
3. Too little drying
Make sure to give enough time for the succulent leaf to dry and scab. If the callus isn’t formed properly it will drown when put into the water.
4. Water or soil?
Succulent leaves can be simply placed in the water to start growing when they’ve dried and scabbed over with a callus. They can grow well in soil too. Non-leaf cuttings however can also be grown in soil. Simply plant them and water them since they’re almost fully grown!
5. Do your research
The growth of succulents varies according to the temperature and climate of your region. The plants will grow better in some seasons than others; do your research before planting!
6. When using soil
Leaves can be both inserted into the soil or simply left to rest on top. In most cases, leaving the leaf on top of the soil without the ends touching works better to form roots. Regularly spray the soil with water to keep the leaf hydrated.
Succulents are fun to grow and propagate, but they won’t grow overnight! The new plants usually take between 2 to 3 weeks after planting to show change.
8. When using water
Fill a small cup with fresh, clean water and rest your succulent leaf in it with about a centimeter submerged. The leaf can be held vertically upright by creating a mesh of sorts with rubber bands.
9. Not all of them grow!
Yes, they’re easy to propagate but not all of them succeed growing into plants. In some cases, you may see that the leaf has grown roots but has failed to grown leaves. Try again with another leaf, and make sure to cut, dry and water well!
10. Don’t drown them
Usually, a grown succulent plant needs to be watered every two to four weeks (not the plantling, this one needs to be sprayed regularly). You can detect the sign of overwatering a grown plant by noticing the base of the leaves. Blackening bases means the plant has been given too much water.
11. Not enough light
Notice the distance between the leaves upon the stem of the succulent. Do they appear to be too big? This is a sign that the plant is not receiving enough light. Move the container to a sunnier spot or a place where it will receive plenty of bright light.
12. Too much is harmful too
Especially in the case of baby succulents, direct bright light can do more harm than good. If the leaves turn purple or red this is a sign that the plant is getting burnt. Place them in a shadier place until they’ve grown up.
After 2 to 3 weeks of planting, if the leaf has been nurtured in the right conditions then the baby succulent will start to grown tiny pink roots. Once the roots have grown to about 1 to 2cm, they can be replanted in a pot containing soil and succulent potting mix.
14. The container
Don’t worry – baby succulents are incredibly versatile and can be grown in just about any container that has enough fresh water. However, do make sure that the cuttings have enough room to grow roots. Have fun planting them not just in pots, but in bowls, shells and other containers too!
15. When trouble strikes
If you notice some leaves of your baby plant being damaged due to dehydration or sunburn, unfortunately they are beyond redemption. When leaves have blackened or pinked, all you can do is snip them off and improve conditions so that it doesn’t happen again.
16. Another way to remove leaves
It’s not necessary to clip of leaves with a scissor. If you’re an expert in the growing business, gently twist the leaf at the base of the stem so that it comes off in a clean manner. Be careful though – you don’t want to end up wasting them simply because you didn’t use scissors.
17. Breaking before the stem
Leaves needed to be broken off at the stem. If you accidentally end up removing them before he stem, unfortunately the leaf will die.
18. It will wither
In the time it takes for new leaves to bud, the parent succulent leaf will blacken and die – so, don’t panic. You should carefully remove it from the rest of the plant and be sure not to disturb the new roots. The new leaves will grow soon.
19. Where to plant
Succulents thrive in the sun, but can be grown just about anywhere. Keep the pots in your garden or place them on a sunny windowsill or a bright room that has lots of fresh air. You can also do a quick search to see if the plant requires any extra conditions too.
20. See for yourself
You can spend all day reading how to exactly plant a baby succulent leaf or you can get out there and start growing one yourself. Research only gets you so far – take the leap, and begin your journey of succulent planting.