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The two most commonly used propagation methods are propagating by division and propagating with offsets.
Propagating by division:
This method works well on your succulents that grow too “leggy” i.e. rosettes that have gotten too tall. Carefully remove all the healthy lower “single” leaves by wiggling them gently back and forth until the leaf comes off in your hand. Be careful not to break the leaf, because it will not sprout unless the entire leaf structure is removed from the stem. Once removed from the stem, the leaf should have a “C” curve to it. Remove all but the topmost portion. Cut the stem approximately 1/2-1 inch below the upper “grouping” of leaves. Now trim down the remaining stem to just above the surface of the dirt. Do not dig up the plant, new succulents will sprout out around the stem! Arrange all leaves and cuttings in an empty tray and leave in a dark place to callous over. This takes 2-7 days depending on climate, temperature, and species of succulent. Once the leaves/stems have calloused, lay them all out on well draining soil. Water lightly until roots/sprouts appear. Once they do, water once weekly until established, then you may discard the “mother leaf” and plant your succulent in its permanent home.
Propagating with Offsets:
Many types of succulents, i.e. hens and chicks, cacti, aloe, and sedum, produce offsets, or a miniature plant this will sprout out from the main part of the plant. Once they’ve grown for a few weeks, you can gently wiggle them loose from the main plant, being careful not to damage the roots. Allow the severed portion of the root to callous over, then replant in well draining soil.
Keep in mind that not all succulents propagate the same way, and what works for some will not work for others. It’s all about trial and error!
Hi! I’m Holli, avid lover of dogs, family, gardening, and all things crafty. I’m a nurse by night, Mom by day, and jack of all everything in between.
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