How do I propagate succulents?

I really enjoy the look and ease of having succulents in flower pots around the garden. How do I propagate them? Can I make cuttings from all succulents?

D. Garza
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 30, 2017
  • Deb Sarles Deb Sarles on Mar 30, 2017
    Jade plant is easy to grow as each cutting will grow new roots, so trimming often produces a full plant and many new plants. Don't overwater. Cut with sharp tool and use a sandy soil mix. Protect from freezing temps.
  • Alice Elaine Lord Alice Elaine Lord on Mar 30, 2017
    Some have to have the cut end dry before you can plant them, some just go right into soil. Look up propagation of the type you are planting.
  • Alice Elaine Lord Alice Elaine Lord on Mar 30, 2017
    You can't tell someone how to unless you know what plant they are trying to propagate.
  • Imp22013828 Imp22013828 on Mar 30, 2017
    In the garden dept. They should have available a rooting product that is a white powder. I can't remember the name of it. U dip the trim on the end to sprout roots . I mean the cut end and put into dirt or sand and wait. The store clerk can help in the garden dept.
  • Tik18633929 Tik18633929 on Mar 31, 2017
    sucullents r the plants which do'nt like waterlog condition so sandy soil is must and they have very good capacity to bold water so not to give much water. basically they r plants from dry regions _zerophytic codition.
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Mar 31, 2017
    VERY EASILY. If it's aloe vera, start out with one big plant from the store & set it in the morning sun for a few days until it gets used to being at your house instead of the store. Only water it if it's bone dry when you stick your finger into the soil. After some time, you will notice new ""babies"" coming up from the base of the ""mama"" plant. Wait till they reach about 4 inches, then reach down into the soil till you get to the root which attaches to the ""mama"" plant & pinch it off. Immediately, plant it into a new pot but don't water it. Let it set in the new pot (planted normally) for about a week, then water it a little but not a whole lot. Once the ""mama"" plant reaches over 10 inches, it will produce multiple ""babies"" at a time. Just continue the process & before long, you will have a crop of new ones. If it's cacti, cut off a piece of it at the 2nd joint & let it sit undisturbed for about a week laying flat so the cut part will dry up & crust over. It will accept water now. In a pot, plant the cutting so that the soil comes half way up the cutting. Water it real good & let it drain. Only water it when bone dry using the finger test again. Let it sit in its new pot about a week to get used to it, then place it in the morning sun. A prickly pear has multiple ""leaves"" & can be cut numerous times. I have one that's about 5 feet across & stands about 5 feet tall. I can get about 20-30 cuttings off of it. Each cutting makes a new plant & those plants will grow rapidly to make more. They're very common in the southern states. Any cacti can be cut off at the 2nd joint from the main plant. It hasta dry out before repotting. ONLY cut them off in the Spring. If you cut them off during its blooming cycle, you may kill it. If you cut it back during the Fall, it's getting ready for its winter cycle & you could damage it because of the weather. It hasta be hot enough to sustain it while it heals from the cuttings. They love water during the hotter months of summer. No need to water them during the winter months. Rain will sustain them enough. If you want, you could mulch the bed underneath it but it's still ok if you don't. I don't with mine. Just remember, cut at the 2nd joint, let the cut part dry out completely, plant half way down into the soil, water lightly if it's been a while since last watering & put them in the morning sun until they get used to being outside. You can put them in all day sun later but just watch how much they need to drink by the finger test. I have raised aloe & cacti for some years now & it's not that difficult. GOOD LUCK! :) P.S. You don't really need any special soil for them either. They do very good in just plain dirt & some peat moss thrown in for aeration . When planting in the yard, you don't even need the peat moss (just in pots).
  • Subham Sarkar Subham Sarkar on Apr 24, 2019

    Propagating succulents on your own is a simple, and cost effective way to grow your collection without spending a bunch of money. In the most basic terms, propagation is the act of taking an element of a mature succulent and using that element to grow a new plant. It can be done by using the offsets, leaf cuttings, stem cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant.

    Propagating succulents is typically a very simple process, however some plants are more difficult to propagate than others. Take a look at the 4 basic ways of propagating succulents below to decide which method you'd like to try!

    Here is a great step by step guide on how to propagate succulents using 5 different methods.

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