What is Proplifting? (Newbie Friendly Guide)

This word sounds so weird at first. Proplifting. What could it be? Well, it’s a pretty common thing nowadays, but the act is simple. If you look up the definition on Urban Dictionary, then you will get “The act of taking leaves or pedals fallen from succulent plants one doesn’t own, typically without permission, for the purpose of succulent plant propagation (creating new plants.)

This seems easy and harmless, right? Well, think again.

What is Proplifting - Newbie Friendly Guide
Succulent cuttings in palm @vernonfamilyplants

How to Proplift Properly?

You might be tempted to do this, so you need to know how it’s done because there’s a right and a wrong way. But that depends on where you want to take from mainly.

From a public area

If you are walking around in a park or something that is considered public space and the ones maintaining the plants are workers that are paid to do this, then your job is simple. You can pick up fallen parts or pick them straight from the plant. It’s okay as long as you don’t completely mutilate whatever you are trying to grow at home. You shouldn’t leave any succulent behind that barely looks like itself anymore.

Grab a flower or a leaf and take that entirely. But do this mindfully because, just like you, someone might want to grow it at home too.

From a plant reservation center

There are times when you see a pretty flower or a beautiful succulent while in someplace you shouldn’t take anything from. And that can break a plant lover’s heart.

But you can do something about it, all you need to do is go out of your way a bit. Go up to a guard or someone in the center’s office and talk to them. In a lot of cases, they will be able to permit you to take some petals or leaves home with you so you can grow that plant at home. The rules are there to prevent people from harming the flora withing the reservation center.

If you are completely honest with someone who works there and show them that all you want to do is preserve that life, then they will have no problem helping you.

Be sure you also go check out “How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully” for more helpful info on propagating after proplifting.

From someone’s garden

This is the riskiest place of them all. Mainly because you need to go up to the owner and talk to them. And this will either turn out well, or you will be rejected. 50/50, there’s no way to know.

Many people spend a lot of time and energy keeping their plants alive, and thus, they don’t like people mutilating them. After all, how would you feel if someone went up to one of your succulents (a stranger at that) and asked if they could tear a part of it off? It just sounds weird.

If you want to take some seeds home, then you need to ask in a particular way. “I’d love to have one of these at home, do you have any spare seeds?” Depending on the answer, you can follow up with a “Could I maybe get a leaf or a couple of petals to grow it from?” This way, you let them know your intentions, and you give them a chance to pick the specific part they take off.

But be prepared to get rejected. It shouldn’t hurt your feelings if someone doesn’t want to give you a part of their plant. It’s completely human to want to protect your seedlings.

Make sure you check out “Best Gardening Tools for Succulents” for a list of all the tools you need to gardening and propagating your succulent.

Why Should You Start Proplifting?

There are a lot of reasons why every plant lover should proplift. Although, make sure you have enough space for all these succulents because even we have run into the trap of collecting too much.

The learning curve

The main reason is that this way you will start acquiring new plants that you don’t know much about. Because let’s be honest, if you knew about the succulent that you want to proplift, then you would already have it. But this way you see something you like and take it. You can learn the ropes later.

This provides a way for you to learn along the way instead of just looking everything up online. It’s way more fun to watch a plant grow, not knowing what’s going to happen next or what you need to know in the next life phase of it.

If you buy something in the store, then you already know the name of it. Then you will search for its’ needs and what pH, temperature, and shade it likes. And yes, it does make it easier. But easier most definitely doesn’t mean more fun.

Take a look at “8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower” for a list of succulents that bloom during season.

The price

This one is pretty obvious. If you go to a store or a market to buy plants, then you will spend money. There’s no going around it.

Although we know, seeds don’t cost that much, and if you want something of quality, then you shouldn’t be a cheapskate. Yeah, but have you counted how much you spend on seeds usually? That could be used for better soil or nutrients for your already grown plants. Because in reality, it’s not a huge amount, but it could still be used for other things.

Each time you proplift something, count it as a saved dollar. It will add up quickly if you pay close attention to your surroundings and try to find things you like.

Also, who doesn’t like free seeds?

Socialization

Asking for seeds is a great way to start talking to other plant lovers. It opens up the conversation to not only talk about that one given succulent but to also converse about others you two have. This works exceptionally well if you are asking this favor of your neighbor.

You will quickly find a friend that is equally as invested in growing plants as you. You need to put yourself out there.

Check out “How to Grow Succulents from Seeds” to see also a guide on growing succulents right from scratch.

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A potted succulent @tinyfoliage

If you want all the benefits listed above, plus the happiness that comes with acquiring a completely new plant, then you need to start proplifting. If you do it the right way, then nobody will see you as a thief or a bad person, just as someone who has a love for succulents. It’s a perfectly fine thing to do, so don’t let people deter you with their judgment.

Have you proplifted before? What kind of plant was it? Tell us down in the comments below!

Make sure to check out related articles to improve your succulent knowledge like “Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents” or even “Thanksgiving Cactus – Schlumbergera Truncata“.

Enjoyed learning about proplifting succulents? If so, you’ll really enjoy our ebook about “Essential Tools for Planting the Best Succulents“. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents.

Happy Planting! 🌵

Are Succulents Herbaceous Plants?

Of all plants on the planet, succulents are the most exotic collection from the whole lot. We are spoilt for choice from their vast array of colors, sizes, and shapes. There are succulents with rosettes and ones without — the ones that grow tall, others that remain dwarfs and others that trail along the ground. Additionally, their differing hues from green, yellow, purple to grey. From a decorative point of view, they take up the number one rank. But this is not all they are all about. Some succulents are also herbs.

Herbs are plants that serve a collection of beneficial purposes. Some are medicine; some make flavorings, fragrances, pesticides, or dyes. And some are used as food or food additives.

Herbaceous plants, in the simple definition, are the plants that have green and soft stems, leaves and roots as opposed to woody parts. The plumpness is due to the water available in their cells, of which succulents have quite a lot. Check out “5 Benefits of Succulents” for more interesting facts about succulents that can benefit you.

Are Succulents Herbaceous Plants
Definition of Herbaceous Succulents @jaayaa00

What Makes A Succulent Herbaceous?

Herb succulents first and foremost must be vascular plants with no woody stems above ground. Instead, they must have fleshy leaves and stems that are plumply filled with water in their tissue cells.

Secondly, herbaceous succulents must have savory or aromatic properties that are turned into garnishes, flavors, medicine, or fragrances. Any of the uses, as mentioned above, may be achieved from the manufacturer of processed products. Or directly by the usage of the plants in their raw states.

Types Of Herbaceous Succulents

Herb succulents are known to fit into two main significant kinds and are placed according to the purpose they serve.

Some are known as culinary herbs which are used in cooking or baking or as a garnish. For a succulent to be fit for food, one must make sure it is well cleaned. And most importantly, it is safe to consume. Just because a succulent may look juicy, doesn’t mean it is safe to devour. Additionally, one should make sure that the part they have of that particular succulent is safe to eat as some parts of a culinary may be unfit for consumption.

The other kind is the Medicinal succulents which make a variety of medications as the main or supplement ingredient. Or are used as a remedy in their raw states. The sap found within medicinal succulents is most times the part extracted that serves the therapeutic purpose. They are used to soothe burns and scalds, heal gaping cuts, and to treat certain skin diseases such as eczema and acne.

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Herbaceous Succulent Types @themerryskeleton

Examples Of Culinary And Medicinal Succulents

As mentioned earlier, Culinary plants are the succulents that are fit for human consumption. They may be boiled, fried, and in most cases are used as a salad dressing or as a garnish.

On the other hand, the medicinal ones manufacture some medications. These medications vary in potency and usage as well. Some are swallowed, and others are used as ointments.

Below are a few of the herbaceous succulents appreciated in the culinary world as well as the medical industry.

The Cuban Oregano

The Cuban Oregano is known as Plectranthus amboinicus. It is a perennial succulent that has sweet-smelling foliage. The leaves contain tart oils that can be extracted and used for cooking.

It has naturally thick, fuzzy leaves with a robust gratifying odor. The leaves have a greenish-grey hue, entirely covered with fine hairs with serrated margins. The succulent blooms in pinnacles and the flowers may be pink, lavender or white.

As compared to other oregano types, the Cuban Oregano is said to have a stronger flavor. It is therefore used in small amounts for seasoning to avoid an overpowering flavor.

Are Succulents Herbaceous Plants
Plectranthus Amboinicus @an_azure_favorite

Growing And Caring For The Cuban Oregano

The Cuban Oregano succulent thrives in a well-draining, crumbly soil mixture. The best place to put this plant is away from direct sunlight as direct solar exposure dries off the plant.

A container-grown, as well as a ground cultivated Oregano, needs regular watering. But only when the soil is dry. And it is more frequently done in the spring and summer and dialed down in the winter. Check out these tips for growing your succulent inside in “How to Successfully Grow Indoor Succulents”.

Uses Of Cuban Oregano

For food, the leaves are used as a seasoning to flavor meat stews. The leaves are best when they have been dried and crushed. The Fresh ones are used in small amounts for soups, stews and the making of poultry stuffing. They are not quite palatable for salads because their leaves have the hairy feature to them. They would end up irritating the tongue, which is not such a pleasant feeling.

The leaves are also harvested to treat throat and respiratory infections, constipation, flatulence, rheumatism and as a lactation stimulant.

Jewels Of Opar

This succulent also goes by the scientific name Talinum paniculatum. It is also known as Pink Baby’s breath or Flame flower. These names come as a result of its red hazy of flowers that look like cotton candy hanging over the crop. It has stunning bright lime green leaves that are ideal to use as a border plant. It is also an excellent addition to your colorful garden.

Growing And Caring For The Jewels Of Opar Succulent

This succulent loves the full sun but does even better in small part shade for a few hours a day. It has a high tolerance for drought, which means it can go without water for a very long time. But if its location is in a pot, watering is done when the soil is dry. It does well in sandy, and well-drained soils, therefore, grows best in rock gardens and tropical areas. Think you may be having trouble with your succulent? Check out “5 Tips on Saving Dying Succulents” for tips on saving a dying succulent.

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Talinum Paniculatum @jenn.pineau

Uses Of Jewel Of Opar

The bright lime green juicy leaves of the succulent make an excellent addition to salads and sandwiches. They are quite economical because of their availability during the hot, dry weather when most green salad additions are scarce.

Their small seeds are very nutritious and are an excellent supplement of omega-3 oils. The leaves are also quite tasty when eaten raw and are only slightly mucilaginous. The gummy leaves should, however, not be consumed in large quantities because they contain oxalic acid.

Caution needs to be observed during consumption as taking in too much may cause shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting.

Other uses besides culinary or medicinal are that the delicate heads with their shiny red orbs make beautiful bouquet flower fillers.

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Help as a Medicinal @antara_garden365

Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera is probably one of the most sort after medicinal herbaceous succulent of the whole lot. It is a short-stemmed shrub. Aloe Vera succulent forms a rosette of thick, fleshy green blades with a slightly frigid blue-green color.

The two most essential components of the succulent are the Aloe Vera juice and the Aloe Vera gel. The juice is mainly found in a thin layer under the succulent’s skin. It is also known as the Aloe Vera latex or sap. The gel, on the other hand, is found in the middle of the leaf.

Growing And Caring For The Aloe Vera Succulent

They do best in a cactus potting mix that is fast-draining and well aerated. For best results, the soil should be improved with additional soil expanders such as perlite or builder’s sand. The plants should also be cultivated where the sun’s exposure is bright and direct. The watering is done using the soak and dry method, and only when the ground is parched. Interested in growing Aloe Vera at your house? Be sure to check out our piece on “How to Grow Aloe Vera

Uses Of Aloe Vera Succulent

The Aloe Vera is mostly grown for its medicinal purposes that are quite a number.

First, the Aloe vera gel is a crucial ingredient in some kinds of toothpaste and is active in fighting cavities. The Aloe Vera latex contains anthraquinones that actively heal and reliefs pain with its anti-inflammatory effects. The gel can also aid in reducing constipation because it has a high fiber content that will get things moving. The gel is taken in the form of liquid or capsule form once a day for a few days.

Aloe vera is also a hub of several minerals and vitamins that can be incorporated into your diet as supplements. It supplies B-12, which helps make DNA, makes nerve and blood cells. One also gets Choline, which is involved in nerve signaling, Folic acid, which is essential for fetal growth during pregnancy. Lastly, it has vitamins A, C, and E that have antioxidant capabilities.

The Aloe Vera gel has also been used to relieve burns. It accomplishes this by improving blood circulation to the affected spot and stop cell damage around the injury. The application of the gel creates an instantaneous pain relief because of its cooling sensation. The gel is part of many moisturizing creams that are used by cancer patients to protect their skin from radiation.

Check out more benefits from the Aloe Vera in “How the Aloe Vera Succulent can Help with Eczema“.

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Uses Of Aloe Vera Succulent @tatanam.id

Well, from the above information, we can confidently conclude that succulents are herbaceous plants. Although you should know that not all of them are. Just a few meet the criteria of being a herb. Let us know in the comments below if you already have planted these herbaceous succulents at home. Need tips on propagating at home? Check out “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for an easy guide to propagating at home.

Did this article help answer your succulent-care questions? We sure hope so! If not, no worries. Succulent City is devoted to aiding all succulent lovers, and that’s why we created a line of ebook guides! Check out our in-depth tips on “Best Lighting Practices for Succulent Growth” or even “Essential Tools for Planting the Best Succulents” today!

Happy planting! 🌵

All You Need to Know About Echeveria Lola

There is simplicity, and complexity when it comes to keeping succulents. Simplicity comes in taking care of them, as they need less water and attention than other plants. Complexity is what any succulent gardener is faced with when it comes to choosing the perfect succulent. The variety of succulents available is astounding, and yet, there are some which are loved beyond reason. In the Echeveria variants, ‘Lola’ is a favorite. With a romantic and sensual name like Lola, it makes sense that so many would-be drawn to this stunning plant. Keeping one is like having an all-year-round stunning rose, with its evergreen, delicately arranged leaves. So, here is everything you need to know about Lola.

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Sensual Name Such as Lola @forloveofsucculents

Introducing…Echeveria ‘Lola’

The Echeveria Lola is part of a family known as Crassulaceae, from Mexico or Central America. Where other succulents typically have green leaves, Lola’s leaves are a delicate shade of light purple or may appear to be a mix of gray and blue hues. Her leaves grow in the shape of a rosette, with overlapping leaves that appear to grow out of a heart. Another element that adds to its beauty is the thick layer of epicuticular wax that is found on the leaves. This is known as farina and makes the plant look as though it is covered in translucent wax resembling alabaster.

Check out more succulents that hail from Mexico in “5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico“.

Each year in the spring, the blooms from the Echeveria ‘Lola’ shoot through. They are a bright shade of pink and yellow, and bell-shaped. Like other Echeveria plants, they stand out on a stalk that catches the eyes and taste buds of pollinating birds.

Taking Care of Your Echeveria Lola

Enjoy this succulent by growing it outdoors and give it the room to spread out to its full potential. Don’t worry, this plant is far from invasive so you will be able to control how stunning it is within your garden or indoors. Here are the best conditions to have when caring for this succulent.

All You Need to Know About Echeveria Lola
Take Care of Echeveria Lola @highway92succulents

Lighting

Lola is such a pretty succulent that you may be tempted to have it inside, but this will affect how it grows. It thrives in full sunshine, though a little bit of shade would be good as well, especially in very hot climates. When positioned in a place where it does not get direct sunlight, the plant will not be able to photosynthesis. The sad result of this would be the death of the plant since it will not be able to generate the food that it needs. Keeping it indoors means that you must check a number of boxes when it comes to ‘living conditions’. Positioning the plant where it will receive the afternoon sun would be ideal.

Check out our Ebook on “Best Lighting Practices for Succulent Growth” to get our full inside look at which methods are best for lighting your succulents.

Ideal Climate

You will notice it getting bigger and healthier in the summer, as that is when its most active growth takes place. If you experience especially cold winters, where temperatures fall below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, you may need to move your plant indoors. Once there, invest in warming lamps so that your succulent does not die – cold is not Lola’s friend.

Did you know that some succulents prefer one climate over another? Check out “Summer & Winter Succulents: What’s the Difference?” for a list of succulents varying from season to season.

Watering the Echeveria Lola

Like other succulents, a little water goes a long way so only water it when the soil is completely dry. When watering, focus on soaking the soil and then letting it be till it is dry again. It can grow to fit a cupped hand, stretching up to 6” tall and up to 4” wide.  It is worth noting that this plant grows slowly, so you need not worry that the minimal water is affecting its overall growth. Do you know how often to water your succulents? Find out in “How Often To Water Cactus“.

All You Need to Know About Echeveria Lola
Growth of Your Pretty Lola @jenssuccs

This plant will thrive in containers and also do well in rock gardens. You will need to keep an eye out for mealybugs, which are more likely to grow if you have too much water on your plants. They will pop up when there is water trapped between the leaves. If by any chance water splashes in between the leaves when watering, a small bud of cotton wool is all you need to soak up the excess water. With this in mind, the way that you water this succulent is also important. Avoid watering it from above, instead, water it from the ground level.

Propagating Echeveria Lola

Patience is what you need when propagating this succulent. It typically takes around twice as long as your average succulent and will only really work if you get it right from the get-go. Once you figure out how to make it work, you could have a while Lola garden within just six months. Here are the steps that you should follow:

  1. Begin by taking off the leaf, something that you need to do slowly to twist off the entire leaf. For successful propagation, you need to make sure that no part of the lead is left behind on the stem.
  2. After removing the leaves, take around 48 hours before you place it back into potting soil (this is just one approach). During this time, it will develop a callous.
  3. The second approach after plucking off the leaf is to keep it under a bright light for the two-day period. Each day mist it a little and before long, a tiny succulent will start to grow. Nurse this little one until it gets a little bigger and has several leaves and then place it into a pot.
  4. You will also find little offsets after some time sprouting at the base of your plant. If outdoors, and with plenty of space, you can leave these to grow. Indoors, they are ideal to carefully cut and plant into their own pots.

Check out “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for more helpful tips on propagating your succulents at home.

All You Need to Know About Echeveria Lola
What You Need is Patience @dagtasmedrese

Repotting your Echeveria Lola

Once a year, transplant your succulent so that it can get rich nutrients from new potting soil to keep it going. This will especially help if you are keeping your Lola indoors. The best time to repot your plant is in the spring, just before the growing season. When repotting, you need to carefully take the succulent out of the pot. Then, gently remove the old soil from the roots. If there are any roots that are dead, remove them. Place the succulent into a new pot with fresh potting soil, ensuring that the roots are well spread out. Do not water for around a week then water lightly. If your Lola is growing outdoors, add a little bit of organic fertilizer and make sure that the soil is mixed up with some coarse sand for better drainage.

Tips for Care

Excellent care means that your succulent will thrive for years. Here are a few tips to make sure that happens.

  1. To maintain your succulent, stick to the basics. First, any dried or wilted leaves should carefully be picked off. This is one plant that does not need much in the way of pruning.
  2. If it naturally propagates and new plants begin to grow, you can carefully cut these off. Leave the tips to dry out for a day or two and then replant where desired.
  3. For even extra care of your plant, pay attention to the pH of the soil. Slightly acidic soil is best for this plant, and a pH of 6.0 is ideal.
  4. When keeping this plant indoors, it is best to grow it within a shallow clay pot that has excellent drainage. This will ensure that it thrives.

One key benefit to note is that Lola is non-toxic and safe if you have any animals so you can grow it anywhere. Therefore it is a great plant to have both indoors and outdoors. While non-toxic, it is not fit for consumption.

All You Need to Know About Echeveria Lola
Maintain Your Echeveria Lola @littlesucculentshop_

Echeveria Lola Pests and Problems

Like many succulents, the quickest way to kill your plant mercilessly would be a heavy hand when it comes to water. These plants need very little water in order to survive. If you give them too much, they are prone to getting root rot which will kill the plant from the inside out. For that reason, excellent drainage is required. With pots, having holes at the bottom is ideal. When planting in your garden, mixing up the soil with some small rocks will help to improve the drainage and prevent the retention of too much water.

The main pest that affects these plants is mealy bugs. As has been noted, to keep these away, monitoring how you water the plant is your best bet. Keep it simple and focus on the base of the plant above all else. Lucky for you, we have a whole piece on how to handle mealy bugs as well. Check out “How to Get Rid of Mealybugs” for more.

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Pests & Problems of Echeveria Lola @thegirlunsure.gardens

There are plenty of succulent nurseries that have the Echeveria Lola available for purchase. Should you be looking for a more convenient option, you can purchase this plant online through Amazon, Succulents Box as well as Etsy. Garden centers will also have this plant available for purchase.

Grow a Lola and brighten up your succulent garden, wherever it may be. With its ability to thrive in even the driest conditions, this is one plant that will retain its beauty for the long haul. Let us know in the comments below if you have the Echeveria Lola already planted in your succulent garden.

Enjoyed learning about “All You Need to Know About Echeveria Lola”? If so, you’ll really enjoy our ebook about “Rare Succulents You Wish You Knew About“. With this ebook, you can find out about other succulents like this one that will captivate your eye! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents.

Happy planting! 🌵

5 Tips for Propagating Succulents

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).

Burros Tail Succulent Tips
Burro’s Tail Succulent Image: @done.by_hand_concrete

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.

2. Patience

Patience you must have my young “propagator.”

Yoda from Star Wars

Sorry for the Star Wars quote We’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.

Succulent Buds Sprouting
Succulent Buds Image: @peculiarshadelemontree

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.

Until next time! Oh and don’t forget to share the love down below.

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How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully

Welcome to the addiction.

After a person gets their first little Burro’s Tail or Jade Plant, they invariably develop an insatiable urge to acquire more at any cost. There are two ways to satisfy the craving for more succulents:

  1. Buy more succulents.
  2. Grow more succulents.

And since money, unfortunately, does not grow on succulents, it’s a lot more cost-effective to grow your own. Fortunately, succulents naturally come equipped with an amazing ability regrow from leaves or branches… and that means free plants!

There are three primary methods of succulent propagation, each of them easier than the last!

Leaf Propagation

If you’ve ever been on our Pinterest or Instagram, you’ve no doubt seen leaf propagation in action. People love taking pictures of their leaf props – and for good reason! Nothing is more fascinating than seeing a whole new plant grow from a mere leaf.

It may seem that you need a green thumb to pull off this amazing feat, but nothing could be further from the truth. Propagating succulents from leaves is dead easy. All you have to do is pull the leaf off.

… And you’re done! No, seriously, that’s all there is to it. If you remove the leaf, nature will take care of the rest. For the sake of thoroughness, however, I’ll add some details.

  1. It’s vital that you get a clean break when separating the leaf from the plant. That means there should be no extra plant matter on left on the leaf or stem. This isn’t difficult to achieve since succulent leaves don’t really need to be persuaded to fall off (looking at you, Ghost Plant).
  2. To ensure you get that clean break, grab the leaf close to the base and wiggle it gently side to side. There shouldn’t be much “pulling” involved.
  3. Now that they’re separated, both the mother plant and the leaf have an open wound. You have to let it “callus” over (that’s the plant version of scabbing). Just set the leaf in a dry place and wait a week, a dish on the windowsill works great. (we highly recommend these propagation trays by Yield Lab). Don’t expose it to water during this period – that will slow or impair the callus formation and could allow bacteria or fungi to infect the plant.
  4. Once the mother plant is callused, resume watering and treat it like normal. The leaf doesn’t need any special attention at the moment. Don’t water the leaf propagation until roots appear. It’s pointless since they can’t drink water without roots anyway. (Read our in depth article about When You Should Water Your Succulents if you need more information on watering succulents).
  5. You can put the leaf on dirt at any point, but don’t try burying it (or its roots). The plant will take care of it.
  6. Once the roots show up, endeavor to keep them moist. Use a spray bottle to mist the leaf every couple of days. (Enter the quintessential, super affordable succulent tool kit). Keep the propagation in bright light so that the new growth doesn’t become etiolated (stretched out).

That’s pretty much it! It really is as simple as pulling the leaves and chucking them on some dirt. All of the nutrients, and most of the water, that they need is inside the leaf itself. After a few months, that leaf will shrivel up and fall off. Now you’ve got a whole new plant for the cost of one leaf!

Be aware that this only works on succulents that have distinct stems and distinct leaves. Succulents like Echeveria, Sedum, Senecio, and Graptopetalum all make great candidates. If you try this with an Aloe or a Haworthia, for example, you’ll end up with a dead leaf and disappointment. Only do it if the leaf comes off easily!

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Cutting Propagation

Anyone with a modicum of gardening experience will have used this technique before. It’s a trick as old as plants themselves. You cut off a part of a plant and stick it back into the dirt and it just starts growing again.

Crazy, right?

Succulents have an even easier time of this than other plants. With herbs and veggies, you sometimes have to coax out new roots by putting the cutting in water for a while first, but that is not so with succulents.

Here’s how you propagate succulents via cuttings:

(Before you start we highly recommend having a succulent tool kit like this tool kit by LepoHome, it will make this & everything you do with your plants much easier!)

  1. Choose where to make the cut. It needs to be near the end of the branch or stem, usually 3 to 6 inches away is appropriate. You’ll also want to make sure that the plant is growing and healthy here – propagating a weak or dying plant is a recipe for failure.
  2. Clear the stem above the intended cut. Remove leaves one to two inches above the place you want to cut for two reasons: you’re going to put that part underground and also it makes it easier to get a good cut. Bonus tip – depending on the plant, you might be able to propagate those leaves!
  3. Make a clean cut perpendicular to the stem (the stem should be flat on top, not diagonal at all). Be sure to use really sharp, really sterile scissors. That part is important because dull scissors will crush the plant while cutting it, which makes it less likely to recover. Dirty scissors transfer germs directly into the wound – that’s no good. I highly recommend using gardening scissors or shears for this process. These gardening pruning shears by Vivoson are really really good!
  4. Allow the mother plant and the cutting to callus just as we did for leaves in the above technique. It should take between 3-10 days. Don’t let them get wet but keep them in direct light.
  5. Stick the bottom of the cutting into the dirt up to the place where the leaves start. Depending on the species of succulent, roots should start growing within a month and you can begin to water. There will be enough water in the plant already to sustain it until then.

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In summary, snip off a bit of the succulent and stick it in the ground. It couldn’t be easier. This method only works with plants that have a pronounced stem, however. Sorry Aloe and Haworthia, that means you’re not eligible. Many of the plants we suggested for leaf propagation are also great choices here: Echeveria, Sedum, Graptosedum, Graptopetalum, etc.

This method is particularly useful because it addresses two problems:

  • It “fixes” etiolated plants. When plants have insufficient light and grow leggy, that can’t be undone. You can, however, snip out the leggy part and plant the top part again to have two plants – the base of the original (which will resume growth) and a cutting. Just make sure they get enough light this time!
  • It’s the fastest way to get new plants. Growing new succulents from leaves is easy and efficient, but slow. It could take up to a year to get a decent sized plant. Cuttings root and grow more quickly than leaf propagations (plus they start out bigger).

Budding Propagation

It’s finally time for Aloe to shine!

Ever notice how some plants just grow more of themselves? Sempervivum are famous for it – that’s why they’re commonly called Hens and Chicks. Haworthia do it too, as do Sansevieria. It’s a very common kind of propagation and not at all unique to succulents. It’s how grass gets around, too.

The baby plants are called “buds” or “pups” or “offshoots”. They usually grow out of the base of the mother plant and share a connected root system.

Propagating plants that reproduce through budding is a double-edged sword – on one hand, you literally don’t have to do anything at all, but on the other hand you have to wait for the plant to propagate on its own.

Being at the whim of your plants isn’t so bad, though. Keep them happy and healthy and buds should grow constantly throughout their growing season. Removing and replanting them is very similar to the process of take a cutting:

  1. First you have to wait until they’re big enough to remove. It varies from species to species, but once they’re at least an inch or two in diameter (or several inches tall for the vertical variety of succulents).
  2. Find where the pup connects to the parent. It is probably either at the base of the primary stem or connected through a thick root called a “runner”. It’s okay to unpot the plant while you’re propagating it.
  3. Using the same technique we used for cutting propagations, make a clean cut where the bud meets the mother plant. If they share roots, give a generous portion to the baby when separating them. The mother plant can make more easily.
  4. Move the bud directly into a new pot, no need to wait for callusing this time. Still, you shouldn’t water it for a few days while it heals over.

Budding is also the way most cacti propagate, so you can use this method on them too!

Inevitably, you’ll have way too many plants – especially if you are rehoming every bud that comes along. These cute little succulents make great gifts and have the added bonus of subtly converting friends to hobby. (Check out our 12 Stunning Minimalist Succulent Planters if you’re thinking about giving your succulents as a gift).

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