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Asked on Dec 16, 2018

How to propogate succulents?

CarmenNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CANancy Turner


Can someone tell me how to propogate succulents? I just  loooooove my succulents and I just found out that I can grow new ones from the old ones. That is SOOOO cool! Just one problem: I tried it and it didn't work  . So I'm reaching out to my Hometalk friends for advice regarding the proper method of propagating succulents. Has anyone here had success that can share their secret method with me?

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5 answers
  • Janet
    on Dec 16, 2018

    If the leaves came off clean and not broken at the base or shriveled up, just lay them on a layer of succulent potting mix in a shallow pan. I use a plastic plate. In s few weeks you will see tiny roots at the end. You should also spray them with water every week or so but not really that important. I have left mine unattended for longer than a week and they did fine. If you look at any succulents growing in an outside garden you will see when their leaves fall they propagate themselves. Same principle. There are also you tube videos of how to do this.

  • Laura Cooper
    on Dec 16, 2018

    Joyce, I've had success, too, with just sticking a cutting in dirt. I usually take advantage of the mother plant and propagate in the same soil next to the mother. When the cutting has obviously begun to grow, I move it to it's own pot. (FYI - I have a brown thumb with most other plants.  )

  • Nancy Turner
    on Dec 16, 2018

    I agree with Laura, most will put on roots from a leaf that is planted into the soil. I wish all plants were that easy!

  • They grow like weeds for me and I literally do nothing. Most will root themselves. Take fallen niblets or cuttings and stick cut side down into fresh succulent soil. Do not over water. Mist when necessary. I have so many that need trimming I am going to give away cuttings for free in the spring to my neighbors. These sites will help!

  • Carmen
    on Dec 19, 2018

    My guess is you over watered your cuttings. Try sticking them in 2 parts sand:1 part usual potting mix or garden soil, water and leave until dry before watering again.

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