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How to Propagate Succulents

A few weeks ago I shared my seashell succulent jars and told you I had another post on how to propagate succulents coming so here it is! It took me a bit because #1 I was taking a little blogging break to spend time with my kiddos now that summer is here and #2 I wanted to wait for roots to start growing on the propagated pieces so I could share pictures of what they look like. Seriously propagating succulents is so easy that anyone can do it as long as they know how to use a knife. How To Propagate Succulents When I made the seashell succulent jars I had some pieces fall off and I also used a kitchen steak knife to cut ‘leaves’ off of them. The trick when cutting them is to try to get a part of the stem too. I ran my knife gently down the stem getting just a little bit – sort of like shaving it off. After I had my pieces put I put them on an outdoor window sill on my screened in back porch so the cut edges could dry and callus over. You want them to be in a warm shady spot for this. If they are in a sunny spot they will just shrivel up. I cut them on May 11th and put them on the window sill- How To Propagate Succulents The picture below was taken May 17th. On May 17th I took a muffin pan I picked up on one of my thrifting adventures and planted my cuttings in it. I just filled the tin with cactus soil, laid the cuttings on top and lightly watered them. How To Propagate Succulents How To Propagate Succulents How To Propagate Succulents How To Propagate Succulents Then I put them out as decoration on our patio table with one of the bigger plants which I previously took cuttings from. That one is doing well and has new growth in the middle. I have only watered it twice – my kinda plant! How To Propagate Succulents A couple of days ago I checked on the growth of my newly planted pieces and there was a lot of growth happening. Some had roots and others had roots with new leaves forming. How To Propagate Succulents How To Propagate Succulents How To Propagate Succulents I watered them a little more and I am excited to repeat this process to create my own little succulent display! To think I did all of this and the seashell succulent jars for under $20 is awesome! I think I am now addicted to the succulent craze and I have been thinking of new ways to use these beauties so watch out!Enjoy,
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Wednesday 15th of July 2015

Kelsey,gracias por este comentario,aclare unas dudas q tenia.Edna Pagan desde Puerto Rico.

Eric Teske

Friday 6th of February 2015

Great tip about shaving off a little of the stem to make sure you get all the way down to the base of the leaf, I didn't think of that - I've been trying to use the wiggle gently method. I tried propagating succulents and only had 3 out of like 8 or 9 pieces end up sprouting roots - not the best success rate, but I guess I was snapping them off too far from the stem.


Monday 21st of April 2014

Great post. I did this and a lot of my leaves have roots, only some of them have new plants growing from them, the ones with leaves have been almost two months now, but still nothing besides new roots. Are they a lost cause or can I do something about them?


Monday 21st of April 2014

Absolutely not a lost cause! Some of them take longer and the weather can play a part too!! Unfortunately there isn't much you can do but play the waiting game but as long as you have roots growing they are still good! :)

Jessi @ Practically Functional

Saturday 8th of June 2013

Great post, thanks for the instructions! I need to jump on this succulent bandwagon, pinning this!

Mandy Beyeler

Wednesday 5th of June 2013

Thanks for much for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!--Mandy,

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