Can I Regrow A Succulent Leaf

Taking an active, healthy leaf from a mature succulent plant and utilizing it to establish a new plant is known as “propagating with leaf cuttings.” Because the leaves of succulents with fleshy, plump leaves, like echeveria, are simple to snap off cleanly, this method of propagation works well with them.

While some leaves may simply pop off with a little tug, others could necessitate the use of a sharp knife. Take a healthy leaf from the plant’s base with clean hands or a sterile knife, making sure to remove the full, undamaged leaf.

After being removed, allow the leaf to recover for about four days in a warm, well-lit place so that the wound can callus over. When the leaf has calloused, prepare a fresh planter with soil, fill it with water, and set the callused leaf on top of the soil for multiplication.

When the earth is dry, spritz your leaves with a spray bottle. Keep them warm, in a room with lots of light, but out of direct sunlight. They must be kept warm and moist.

Little roots and leaves will start to emerge after around three weeks! A succulent may need a few months to grow large enough to be replanted (photos above are after about 8 weeks). When the leaf eventually gets brown and falls off, you’ll know it’s time. This indicates that the succulent no longer requires the leaf because it has consumed all of its nutrients.

A succulent plant can it grow again?

Succulent plants are great houseplants if you’re anything like me. I make an effort to keep them in windows that receive lots of light, but occasionally they can still become leggy. When a plant doesn’t receive enough light, it begins to spread out, which lengthens the stem and increases the distance between the leaves.

Do not be alarmed if your plant is beginning to sag like this one. The timing is right to spread now!

Although this plant still has lovely upper leaves, the lower leaves will soon start to wilt and fall off, leaving us with a rosette perched high above the ground on a long bare stem. Therefore, let’s remove the leaves before they begin to perish and propagate them to create additional plants. Growing succulents is simple, enjoyable, and cost-free!

The bottom leaves will be taken off first. When you separate the leaves from the stem, exercise extreme caution. I firmly grasp the leaf and move it side to side until I feel a small break. Make sure you collect the complete leaf. The leaf won’t be able to develop roots or become a new plant if you rip it while the base is still joined to the stem.

If the leaves are correctly removed from the stem while staying completely intact, they will appear like this.

You will have a little rosette on a long, bare stem once you have successfully removed the lower leaves. I like to refer to the following step as “decapitation propagation.” Although I’m not sure whether that is the correct terminology, it rhymes, and we’re about to cut off its head, so…

We now own a number of leaves, a stump, and a small, endearing plant.

Now, we wait. We must let the ends of our leaves to dry up and callus over before putting them on soil to start developing new plants. This action is crucial! The ends will absorb too much moisture and rot and perish if you don’t let them dry out and put them directly on soil. We must allow the rosette’s stem end to dry out in addition to allowing the leaves to callus over. This can require a few days to a week or so.

When you think the ends are completely dry, set them on top of some cactus or succulent soil that drains nicely. (Some people dip the ends in rooting hormone; I haven’t and have had tremendous results without it.) I’ve found that keeping my leaves indoors at a window with lots of indirect sunshine produces the best results.

The leaves will start to produce small pink roots after a few weeks, and then teeny tiny baby plants will start to grow. Until I see roots or babies emerging, I hardly ever water the leaves.

At this stage, I will soak the roots of the young plants or give them a nice soak once a week, or if I see the soil is completely dry. Too much water is bad, just like with a fully developed succulent. I advise spraying the ends of your leaves with a spray bottle once daily rather than soaking the soil entirely if you want to be sure not to overwater.

I let the mother leaf to begin to wither before I saw the young plants growing in rows. The leaf will then be gently removed from the stem in the same manner as it was from the original plant, and the baby plant will then be placed in its own container. It can be tough to avoid pulling out the roots along with the leaf, so you might want to play it safe and let the leaf fall off naturally.

Remember that not every leaf will develop into a new plant. According to what I’ve observed, some leaves just wither away, some will take root without ever producing a new plant, and some may even produce a plant but never root. While there may occasionally be a minor amount of losses, the majority of leaves will develop roots and eventually become a new plant. The three leaves below were all begun on the same day, but each one developed differently.

With this batch, I ran out of separate tiny pots, so I simply removed the dying leaves as they appeared and allowed the plants to cluster into a miniature succulent forest.

Back to that stump now. Don’t worry, nothing from this plant will be wasted.

Simply set this pot away, and over time, each spot where we removed a leaf will start to sprout new plants!

Returning to our original plant—the impetus behind our entire ordeal— Place your plant back in a pot with well-draining cactus or succulent soil once the stem has dried out and calloused over to encourage new root growth and continued growth. Isn’t the propagation of succulents amazing?

Can broken leaves be used to propagate succulents?

When the light is not directly overhead, bring back outdoor plants to the garden. Create a shallow depression large enough for spreading roots by working the soil until it is crumbly.

Place your plant carefully inside of it, then add a layer of soil about an inch thick to gently cover the roots. To secure, lightly tamp. After a day, give the plant’s surrounding soil a gentle misting of water.


With the cutting method, all you have to do is cut off a portion of a leaf or a stem, let it dry, and in no time at all, you’ll have roots and shoots. To keep it completely dry is the trick.

These are two approaches:


A plant that has become tall and spindly or whose lanky, bare limbs hang downward like a pendant can benefit from this treatment.

Simply trim off the plant’s head, leaving approximately an inch of stem still attached. Dry it, let it to develop roots, then plant.

A healthy beheaded plant’s remaining stem should produce new leaves in a tight cluster, strengthening and improving the plant’s appearance.

As said, plant heads and leaves used as cuttings need to dry out and develop roots before planting.

It’s easy, really! This is how:

Can a succulent be grown again from a cutting?

Yes, by holding your succulent leaf or stem over the surface of a clear container of water or by allowing the calloused end to dangle into the water just a little, you can encourage the root system to begin growing. If you wish to propagate succulents indoors during poor growing conditions or if you want to see the roots grow in full view, you might like this method.

But other people could find this approach tedious. To maintain the water clean and at the proper level, it must be changed. If the cutting is too small to fit through the mouth of the jar, you might need to suspend it over the water using plastic wrap that has had a tiny hole drilled through it. This approach requires more work, but it is effective.

What should be done if a succulent leaf falls off?

Allow your succulent’s leaves to dry for three days after they have fallen off. This gets them ready for propagation, which is the procedure for developing new succulent plants from cuttings.

How are damaged succulents repaired?

Succulents spring to mind when discussing indoor plants in the first instance. If you purchased one, I wouldn’t be shocked if you had the same thought. Although it has been said that some plants can be resilient, that doesn’t mean that they are impervious to harm.

Depending on the damage, a broken-off succulent may be saved. You can just wait three days for the leaves to dry if they start to fall. Keep the stem away until it becomes calloused if it has been severed. If you put it on cactus soil after noticing these changes, it will develop roots within a few weeks.

Succulents that have broken can still be saved, however it depends on the circumstances. We’ll go over every one of them in great detail so you can understand how to preserve succulents and even assist in their multiplication. Stay tuned because we’ll also provide advice on protecting succulents from harm.

How long does a succulent take to develop from a leaf?

  • Leaf propagation: Typically, it takes 2 weeks for roots to develop through leaf propagation. New leaves will start to form in around 8 weeks and can optionally be transplanted to a tiny container.
  • Root formation typically takes 4 weeks, but it can occasionally take longer with stem proliferation.
  • Offset propagation: Once the pups have developed a calloused skin, the roots typically begin to grow after 4 to 10 weeks.
  • The process of propagating seeds takes the longest—cactus seeds can take anything from three weeks to a year to even begin to germinate. After that, the seedling takes a very long period to mature into a full-grown adult.

Succulent leaves can they grow in water?

In water, most succulents can be multiplied. If you have a succulent that is stretched out, you can take stem cuttings and root those, or you can create roots from healthy single leaves.

The most successful succulents are those with thick, meaty leaves, like the Echeveria plant. So when you first try your hand at succulent propagation, these are an excellent option.

It makes sense to multiply a few leaves at once. By doing this, you increase the likelihood that there will be survivors. While others may decay or just wilt and wither away, certain succulent leaves will only produce roots and no new plant.

Can succulent cuttings be planted directly in the ground?

What is there to love other than a succulent? Obviously, a full garden of succulents! Fortunately for us, it’s simple to propagate a variety of these resilient, vibrant plants at home. We can’t wait to see succulents growing all year long in containers around the house and garden; there are various easy ways to reproduce them.

Propagating by Division: Plants that have gotten too leggy perform best with this method, which produces new succulents from cuttings. Start by delicately removing any leaves that may be attached to the stem below the rosette; be sure to preserve the leaf’s base while you do so. After all the leaves have been eliminated, cut the rosette with shears, leaving a brief stem intact. The cuttings should be let to dry in an empty tray for a few days until the raw ends have calloused. The cuttings can then be rooted in either water or soil.

Soil: After the stems have calloused, set the cuttings on top of a shallow tray filled with well-draining cactus/succulent soil. From the base of the cuttings, roots and little plants will start to emerge in a few weeks. Once the roots start to show, water sparingly once a week; take care not to overwater. The parent leaf will eventually wither; carefully remove it while taking care not to harm the young roots. Your propagated succulents can be replanted once they have established roots. As soon as the plants are established, keep them out of direct sunlight.

Water: After the stem has calloused, place a cutting with the end barely visible above the water’s surface on the lip of a glass or jar filled with water. Pick a sunny location for your glass. The incision will eventually produce roots that extend toward the water. Once roots have sprouted, your new succulent can either be replanted in succulent potting soil or allowed to remain submerged in water as illustrated above.

Offsets are little plants that develop at the base of the main specimen, and many species of succulents, such as aloe, hens and chicks, and some cacti, will generate them. Check for root growth after an offset has developed for two to three weeks before carefully twisting, cutting, or using a sharp knife to separate it from the main stem. Be cautious to prevent destroying any already-formed roots. Follow the directions above for propagating in soil or water, letting the offsets dry, establish roots, and then repot when they have had time to callus any exposed regions. Removing offsets has the added benefit of enhancing the health of your current succulents and redirecting energy into the growth of the primary plant.