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Succulents are currently an "it" plant. Look around and you will see them everywhere: homes, offices, yards, wedding bouquets, art, and more. Although succulents are trendy, they are very affordable. As house plants, succulents are very easy to take care of. If you think succulents make a great conversation piece, you will be happy to know that succulents are also extremely easy to propagate or reproduce from plant clippings.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to propagate new plants from an existing succulent plant.
There are only a few things you will need to propagate your succulent:
Most of these items are readily available in your house. They are also available on Amazon, grocery stores, and home improvement stores.
It is important to choose a plant you feel comfortable propagating. The plant in the above photo was getting a little too large for its container, and it was becoming less aesthetically pleasing. I decided it was the plant I was going to propagate.
You will want to have your pot or container ready to go to transplant your succulent propagule or trimming. Drop soil into your pot. As your trimming will have a long stem, you will want to fill your pot up very close to the top. You will want to leave a small space to put the stem of your plant in.
Take your scissors and trim your succulent. You will want half an inch to two inches of empty stem to transplant. You can remove leaves to create this space. Choose the spot you will trim off. Take your scissors and make a careful but sharp cut through the stem of the plant.
When you initially cut your succulent trimming, there will be an open, moist entry at the trim site. This area needs to "callous" before the trimming is placed in the dirt. This protects the plant from root rot. Sit your trimming in a safe dry place (even on top of dry soil (just not in it) for 1-2 days to allow it to callous.
Once your plant has calloused at the trim site, place the stem of your succulent in a small amount of soil and gently cover it. Wait a week to water the plant. The new plant should start rooting at week two.
Give your sun enough light and check that they receiving enough water and draining water properly. While your succulents are growing, water them about once a week. Cover the leaves well and make sure water drains.
It's exciting to plant something and watch it grow into a beautiful new plant. These plants make great gifts if your home or other space starts to become too crowded.
Sometimes it's not so bad to succ.