Succulents are beautiful, versatile and oh-so-trendy right now. They come in every shape and color and make your home or garden look straight-outta-Pinterest. The only problem? You just can't get enough! Enter the power of nature: With the know-how below, you can actually replant parts of your existing succulents to grow new ones.
How to propagate succulents
There are three easy ways to regrow your plants. Follow along to start your real plant mom journey.
1. Leaf cutting
With succulents like jade, sedum and echeveria, you can simply remove and replant one of the leaves to produce a new plant.
Start by gently pulling a leaf from the succulent in a twisting motion. Try to get the whole thing, including the little nub where it attaches to the stem. A perfect leaf will be shaped like a U on the end that was attached to the plant.
Set the leaves on a paper towel for a few days to allow the ends to dry out and scab over, before sticking the very end of it into a shallow bed of soil. (Be sure to use a potting mix specifically for cactus or succulents.)
Place them in bright, indirect light and mist the leaves with water a few times a week, or lightly water them at the soil level. Within a few weeks, roots will begin to grow, followed by baby plants.
Carefully remove the original leaf when it dries up and the baby plant is at least half an inch tall. At this point, you can also re-pot it if desired. (Just be sure not to disturb the roots too much!)
2. Stem cutting
The stems of most succulents can be cut, the leaves removed, and the bottom replanted. This is a great way to save plants that have grown too leggy from lack of sunlight, such as echeveria (hens and chicks).
Use very sharp and clean scissors or a knife to cut through the main stem or a branch of the succulent plant. Carefully remove its leaves and set it to dry for a few days. Plant the base of the stem in soil and water lightly. Baby plants will begin to grow out of the spaces where the leaves were removed in just a few weeks.
3. Branch or offshoot cutting
A full branch of a jade or other tree-like succulents can be removed and replanted. It will sprout roots from the base and turn into its own plant. (Magic!) This is a great option if the original plant is damaged or broken.
Many other succulents such as aloe and echeveria reproduce by sprouting small offshoots from the mother plant. These baby plants can also be carefully removed and replanted in their own space.
Whether you’re removing a branch or an offshoot, use a very sharp and very clean pair of scissors or a knife. Cut branches right at the point where they meet the main stalk. Offshoots should be neatly sliced away from the main plant, taking care to avoid damaging the roots on either one.
These pieces can be planted in soil right away. They should be lightly watered weekly and placed in bright, indirect light. They may take several weeks to months to show new growth. Patience, people!