How to propagate succulents | 6 easy steps

Who doesn’t love a few succulents to be part of their interior? With their many species and appearances, there’s a succulent for everyone. The best thing about them? With few skills, they can be multiplied. That’s right, the gift of one of these cute little plants can provide you with even more fun! Read on and learn how to propagate succulents.

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Propagating with leaves or cuttings

There are two ways of propagating succulents; either with leaves or with cuttings. Keep in mind that some succulents prefer the first method and some of them the other. To give an example: Echeverias can be propagated with either a leaf or a cutting, while Aeoniums only work with cuttings. Always check which way of propagating your succulent’s genus or species prefers. If you can’t find any information on them; turn it into an experiment!

Don’t be afraid to fail

Although succulents are one of the easiest plants to propagate, it still requires some skills to make it succeed. Keep in mind that every propagating process is different and that it’s totally normal to lose some cuttings when you just start out. Alongside the following step by step tutorial on how to propagate succulents from leaves, we’ll give you some tips & tricks to help along the way.

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Let’s start propagating

Step #1: Gently remove some leaves from the succulent by twisting it with your fingers.
Hold the leaf by the base to prevent breakage! Make sure that you leave nothing on the stem – it’s fine to even pull a little of the stem too. It’s better to take leaves from the bottom of the plant; leave the younger and smaller ones near the top. Besides, only use healthy leaves in order to succeed.

Step #2: Place the leaves in indirect sunlight and let them dry for 2 or 3 days.
Make sure the wound at the base has healed. Otherwise, it will rot & die before a new plant appears.

Step #3: Fill a tray with succulent & cactus soil mix and put the leaves on top of it.

Step #4: Place the tray in indirect sunlight until the new plants are established.
Do not place the succulents in direct sunlight, as this will cause leaf burn.

Step #5: Water the rooting succulents every time the soil dries out.
Rooting succulents need more water than adult plants. Use a spray bottle to damp the top of the soil.

Step #6: And now we wait…
It generally takes 2 or 3 weeks to see some results. Of course, this depends on the climate, humidity, the type of succulent etc. It’s said that colder climates or winter seasons ensure better results.


Easy to propagate succulents

Not sure if you have the skills to propagate like a pro? Start with one of these easy to propagate succulents. We’ll tell you why!

Jelly Bean Succulent – This plant is a gift that keeps on giving. Not to worry about the leaves of this plant that fall off quite easily. These are actually perfect to start propagating! The leaves will produce a baby plant in no-time.

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ – This red-coloured succulent propagates easily from leaves, cuttings, seeds and even just a bare stem. Nothing will stop them from producing offshoots everywhere.

Ghost Plant – This is one of the fastest growing succulents. Put them outside in a sunny spot and they’ll reward you with their presence for years! Propagate the Ghost Plant from leaves or cuttings.


Wanting to buy a succulent to start this do-it-yourself project right away? Head over to your local florist, as they most likely will have some in stock!

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