5 Easy Steps to Successful Growth
Propagating stem cuttings is simpler than you may think. Give our 5 simple steps a try and share with us your experience. We love to know what works for you.
1. Pick and Prepare your Pot
You can grow cuttings in a temporary pot while they establish roots or plant them directly in a permanent container. Either way, you’ll want a pot that has a drainage hole and is large enough to leave 2″-3″ of space around each cutting.
We prefer using terracotta or ceramic pots. These types of pot are made from breathable material that helps circulate air and allows proper drainage.
Fill the container with gritty, well-draining soil to protect your succulents from standing water and root rot. Most garden centers sell cactus/succulent potting soil. You can also make your own with 3 parts potting soil, and 1 part perlite or pumice.
Plant the cut end of a stem 1″-2″ into the soil. If the succulent has leaves, you may need to remove some to expose the bottom section of the stem. The lowest leaves should sit just above the soil without touching it. Compress the soil lightly to get the cutting to stand upright.
3. Location is Key
Pick a location that gets bright, indirect light. Not full, outdoor sun. Cuttings need sunlight to grow new roots, but they can dry out quickly in direct sun.
Unlike mature succulents, cuttings will need regular moisture until they can grow roots.
Water thoroughly and allow to dry completely before you water again. Our rule of thumb? Stick your finger into the soil to where your first bend line is on your finger or use a stick (we like chop sticks) and poke it into soil to make sure it is dry.
5. Once They Root
Within two to four weeks your cuttings should start rooting. Give a very gentle pull to check if a cutting has rooted. To care for rooted succulents, move to deeper, less frequent watering. Only water once the soil has fully dried. Re-pot, if desired, and gradually move the succulent to its preferred light conditions. Some [cuttings take longer to root. Try not to get discouraged, it will root… eventually. lol
What about propagating leaf cuttings?
Though usually more challenging, some soft succulents will re-root from leaves. Be sure to select thick, healthy leaves near the base. Remove the leaves and let them dry till crusted. Once the cut end is calloused, plant the leaves upright, cut side down in light, gritty soil. Our experience is leaving a leaf alone on top of the soil and not watering until leaves fall off is best. That little life-giving leaf has everything to make a little baby sprout!
Let us know what works for you. Everyone has their own methods and ideas. Let’s share them! and send us pics. We would love to see your beauties. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org