Propagation was our number one requested blog post article idea! (The polls on instagram don’t lie) You asked us and we listened, continue reading below for our 5 tips to having a successful propagation process for your succulents.
Disclaimer: These are not all of the tips and tricks out there! These are just the tips that we wish we knew before our first propagation endeavor. (It was a nightmare at first). Feel free to let us know your techniques!
1. Some succulents are Easier to Propagate than Others
There are so many species of succulents out there and they all differ in difficulty when it comes to propagating. Three of the easiest succulents to have success with are: Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Mother of Thousands), Sedum morganianum (Burro’s Tail), and Sedum rubrotinctum. (See our other recommendations for beginner succulents).
If you’re a beginner, we definitely recommend starting your propagation journey with these species! A lot of the time, the leaves of these succulents will fall down on their own and you can do the propagation process with them without accidentally cutting off too much of the leaf.
Patience you must have my young “propagator.”Yoda from Star Wars
Sorry for the Star Wars quote I’ve been watching the movies lately and they’ve been stuck in my head. (If you have any interests at all with Star Wars, here’s some awesome planters inspired by the hit blockbuster).
Time to test your patience! Succulent propagation can sometimes take up to four to six weeks before the new leaf cuttings will begin to root. Remember, great things don’t happen in a day and this process is going to be worth it at the end.
When it is time for the ends of your clippings to dry out and harden, this alone can sometimes take up to a week, so make sure you don’t rush the process!
3. Watering Succulents
After the ends of the leaves have hardened over, it’s time to water them! Every leaf hardens over at different times. This is important to know because if you water them when they haven’t fully hardened, too soon after cutting from the mother plant, they’ll sometimes turn mushy and yellowish.
When I propagate, I usually spritz my leaves once a day. I use a cheap spray bottle like this or you can get real fancy with one like this (overkill maybe?) I do a quick spray overtop of all the leaves, not too close to the them. Some leaves are going to look different than others, which is totally normal.
If you want to learn more about when you should water your succulents check out our in depth article here.
4. Don’t Place the Clippings in Direct Sunlight
Succulents are desert plants and usually they all need to be in direct sunlight for the majority of the day. This is true, but not with the succulent leaves during the propagation process.
I always put my leaves by a window that’s protected with some shade. Once the new plant has grown from the leaves, then they can be placed in direct sunlight.
5. Don’t get Discouraged
Remember that this can sometimes be a frustrating process. Not every single leaf will create a new plant. (Remember what Yoda said).
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t have a 100% success rate. Most of the time I usually only have about 50-70% success rate for all of the leaves I propagate.
Keep up with the process and try again! Practice makes perfect, even the “experts” don’t succeed with the propagation process each time.
If you want to read a more in depth guide on How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully, be sure to check it out.
Until next time! Oh and don’t forget to share the love down below.