STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL ON PROPAGATING SUCCULENTS FROM LEAVES-FULL INFORMATION
Propagating succulents from leaves is a simple project that requires a few steps and a couple supplies. After cutting off a healthy leaf, the leaf will naturally sprout new roots, and a new plant will grow from these roots. Succulents make an excellent gift, are a great way to welcome somebody new to the neighborhood, and can be exchanged between friends and fellow gardeners. It is easy to propagate new succulents from leaves, but because not every leaf will take, you should try rooting at least 5-6 leaves at a time.
Step by step: How to grow succulents from cuttings
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!
Propagate Succulents from Leaves
1.) Select a healthy leaf to propagate. Choose a leaf that is in good health, with a hearty shape and no rips or blemishes. Typically you will choose a larger, more mature leaf than a young, under-developed one.
Pull the leaf off neatly. Use a razor blade or a craft knife to make a clean cut. The knife or blade should be sterilized in white spirit or similar before use; this prevents the transfer of any disease that could harm the succulent plant.
Some plants, like “jade plants”, the leaves will come off easily or even drop off the plant spontaneously. You can either use “volunteers” or select the one you want.
If you use your fingers, be very gentle. Twist the leaf carefully back and forth, from side to side to pull it off intact, without ripping the stem of the plant.
Let the leaf or leaves dry. Once you pulled off the leaves you wish to propagate, allow them to dry out a little bit. Let them dry for 1-3 days.
Do not water the leaf until after 1-3 days as your leaf may turn brown and mushy and will start to rot.
The “wound” on the stem of the parent plant should also be allowed to air dry in a sheltered and well-lit spot for a few hours. During its healing process, the plant will seal the wound and help prevent disease from getting in.
Place the dried leaves on some soil ready to grow. Just place them on top of the soil. Do not bury or semi-bury into the soil. The roots will find their way into the soil on their own. As you’re going to look at it for a good amount of months, you may as well make it look nice in pretty pattern or just place them randomly – that’s all up to you.
The soil should be well drained. If you need to improvise good growing soil, mix half well-rotted compost with half fine pumice or grit.
Water the leaf. The leaves need water at some point but only a light sprinkling. While “grown-up” succulents only need to be watered every second week, or even once a month (depending on the season/heat), the leaves need to be watered constantly without being watered too much. Only water the soil after it is dry (stick your finger into the soil around the planted leaves; if it feels moist, watering is not needed but if it’s dry, then water).
Wait. All you have to do now is to wait for the leaves to grow roots or even new leaves. You’ll see some changes within just a month or so.
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