Succulent Cuttings - Propagating Properly
One of the best ways for propagating succulent plants is by using succulent cuttings from your existing succulents. Over the last decade, these plants have become more than just a typical garden plant and are now a trendy house-plant that are sought after by young and old alike.
Succulent Plants are wonderful in nature due to variety of buds, leaves and stems that can form from these plants. They grow in humid temperatures, which make them able to live without water for long periods of time. They are perfect for having in-doors and for those who don't want a high maintenance plant that will take a lot of watering. In fact, succulent plants only need to be water once every two weeks due to their ability to store water in their stems.
Finding the perfect succulent plant for your garden can be difficult due to amazing amount of different species and varieties. When you do find your perfect succulent though, you may want to breed them or propagate them. There are a number of ways to do this, including:
- Succulent Cuttings - Cutting off their leaves and leaving them to grow.
- Replanting extra offset mini-succulents that grow alongside the mothership.
- Separating roots of succulents and replanting them
- Planting succulent seeds
All of these methods have various techniques that you can use toe maximise your chances of breeding succulent plants and creating more of the ones you love. We'll be looking at Succulent Cuttings and the tips you can use to grow them into healthy new succulents.
Tips For Growing Succulent Cuttings
Succulent Cuttings are cut off fleshly leaves of a main and healthy succulent plant. These cuttings can then be used to grow more succulents by placing them in soil and allowing roots to grow from them. Over time they will slowly use the soil and water to grow into healthy mature succulents and there are a few tips you can do to make this process efficient.
Leave Succulent Cuttings To Dry
Once you have cut off a dozen or so cuttings, you'll want to leave the cuttings to dry out before planting them. This will prevent the cuttings from rotting when you initially plant them. Usually a time period of 1 week is enough, but for bigger cuttings it may take longer. Use your best judgement; you can keep your cuttings outside in the sunlight to dry out quicker or in a humid room.
Once they have dried out enough, they should start growing roots out the ends of the cuttings. This is now the perfect time to plant them and gives them the best chance to grow.
Plant Cuttings In Healthy Soil
As with planting any new seeds or cuttings, you'll want the soil to be healthy and fertile. With succulents you'll also want the soil to be well-draining and coarse to prevent water building up and causing root-rot (say bye bye to your plants if this happens). A good mixture would be 2 parts soil and 1 part sand, with added pumice. You can plant many succulent cuttings together as they need very little water and won't compete against each other too much for resources. I like to put three or four in a small pot, so for larger ones you can definitely added 5 or 6 into the mix. It all depends on what you're trying to plant for; if it's tiny in-door succulents you'll want to use tiny separate pots so that they are easily separated and don't grow too big.
A Good Succulent Plant Needs A Good Succulent Pot
Next you'll want to get a good succulent plant pot. The best pots for succulent plants are those which have great drainage holes to help keep prevent the soil from being over-watered and drowning your succulents. One of the most common reasons for succulents to die is due to being over-watered. Remember, these plants grow naturally in humid environments where there is little water so they have evolved to survive in these conditions, similarly to cacti.
You'll also want to consider the size of your pots. If you want to grow small succulent plants, you'll want to use a smaller pot and if you want to grow massive and large succulents, you should use a bigger pot. If you're planning on growing many together and then separating them into little pots, be careful: their buds and heads can grow to a big size that might not fit in your smaller pots.
Water Succulent Cuttings more often
Once a succulent cutting has roots, you won't need to water it as much as it can then support itself (the roots grow to further and deeper to get the water) but during it's rootless or small root stage, you'll want to water the succulent at least twice a week. Don't water so much that the soil is too moist or has standing water; again a good pot can help with this.
Put Your Succulents in a sunny spot
It goes without saying, that plants need sunlight and succulents more than ever. Find a good spot in your home for your new succulents to grow where there is plenty of sunlight; if outside, be careful of weather forecasts with plenty of rain as they could potentially drown your plants. If you have a greenhouse- that would be a perfect spot as the humid temperatures will help ensure the succulents grow.
Speed Up The Process With Plant Feed
You can keep your succulents healthy and ensure they grow more efficiently with a plant food and spray. These help boost the plants early life and provide the succulent with all the nutrients it needs to form healthy strong roots and eventually begin to form a head.
The Best Succulent Cuttings
If you want to get started with growing your own succulents, check out these collections of cuttings that you can use. They contain many different varieties and provide a great mixture to grow some fabulous succulent plants.