Cacti & Succulents

Growing from Succulent Cuttings


Step by step: How to grow succulents from cuttings

To Start

• Remove the lower leaves
• Chop the remaining rosette from the stem
• Let all the parts dry out and create a callous where they’ve been removed
• Place on top of soil until roots and baby plants start forming
• Remove the original leaf and plant the new offspring, as well as the original rosette – tada!

Propagating succulents: is far more straightforward than it sounds. In fact, it’s so easy you can’t fail. Yep you heard it here? YOU CANNOT FAIL.
Just follow these directions and you’ll be living in a thriving urban succulent jungle before you know it.

Step 1

If you or your neighbour have a succulent that is starting to look leggy, now is the time to propagate. What’s a leggy succulent, you ask? It happens when a succulent isn’t getting enough light and starts to stretch out, with a woody stem and widely spaced leaves.
Your first step is removing the lower leaves of the plant. Carefully, though! Grab and wiggle a leaf until it snaps off, making sure you get the whole leaf so it can grow roots of its own. Remember: A partial leaf will not make a new succulent.

Step 2

Once you have removed the lower leaves, you should be left with a small rosette on a short stem. Now, you cut the stem off the plant with a sharp pair of scissors or a knife. Don’t discard the rosette or the pot with the stem though – they’ll both bear new plants.

Step 3 – The most important of all

DO NOTHING. That’s right, absolutely nothing. You just need to wait and wait for them to dry for a few days in an empty tray until the raw ends have calloused. Planting the leaves immediately will mean they don’t have a chance to heal and will rot in the soil. Leave out to dry for approximately a 7-10 days in filtered sunlight.

Step 4

When they have calloused over it’s time to place the leaves on top of soil. Not in, just lying on top. They’ll need lots of indirect sunlight and precious little else. After a few weeks you will see pink tendrils or roots sprouting from the ends which will soon turn into baby plant.
Once the roots are visible mist with water every other day to keep the soil moist and the babies fed.

Step 5

Once you see the mother leaf starts to shrivel and die, you can remove it and plant the new offspring plant in its own pot. You’ll find each leaf has a mind of its own– some will take off while others won’t, but that’s Mother Nature for you. But if you follow these steps you’re likely to have a bunch of succulent cousins ready to plant in just a few weeks. They make great gifts/

What about the stem?

Have you still got the original stem from before? If you’ve left it to dry out in its pot you’ll now notice it’s also started propagating itself from where the original leaves were removed. Oh, and that rosette – only its stem has calloused over, you can replant it too. Isn’t it amazing?!


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