One species of plant recognized for its ease of maintenance is the succulent. They need relatively little water and may live in hot, dry environments.
People frequently use succulents as decorations inside their houses or on their porches since they require relatively little upkeep.
The average height of a succulent is only a few inches, but how big can they get?
Most succulent kinds range in height from six inches to two feet tall on average, but others, like the Elephant Bush and Jade Plant, may grow up to eight feet tall!
In order to avoid choosing a plant that will be too tiny for what you need, it is crucial to understand how big succulents grow before choosing which sorts of plants to put in your house or garden.
Do succulents grow in size?
Some succulent species grow more quickly than others, giving them the appearance of being larger than other succulents.
One of the fastest-growing succulents, the Kalanchoe, can grow exponentially large in comparison to other succulents. Within a few weeks, they can develop from cuttings into fully rooted plants.
The Kalanchoe is sometimes regarded as invasive due to the way it spreads. With very little to no work on your side, they can quickly produce additional plants (or pups). In just a few months, a single two-inch Kalanchoe plant can yield dozens of pups and become very large.
The methods a succulent can expand are numerous. Some succulents, like the Haworthia, grow large by making pups, or replicas of themselves. If given ample room, they will continue to spread.
Some succulents develop on their own into enormous plants. One succulent that appears quite small when purchased but can grow into a significantly large plant is the jade plant, or Crassula ovata.
Another large-growing succulent that is better suited to being planted outdoors as a landscape plant is the agave.
How much time does it take succulents to grow large?
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.
Go for the Right Variety
The best approach to ensure that your succulents grow large is to select a kind that does so naturally. For instance, you cannot anticipate a haworthia fasciata to be extremely large. Adenium, Aeonium, Euphorbias, Kalanchoes, and a few Echeveria types are some of the greatest plants you can grow.
Choose Succulents that are Easy to Grow
Selecting cultivars that are simple to grow will guarantee their longevity and ease of growth into larger specimens.
Agave, Echeveria, Aeonium, Aloe, Crassula, Faucaria, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, and Sansevieria are a few examples of cultivable species.
Selecting the Right Pot is the Key
Succulents should be kept in a pot that is the perfect size for them—not too huge, not too small. They won’t become bigger and grow more quickly if you plant them in a pot that is too large.
Using a larger pot will result in overwatering, while using a smaller pot will prevent the formation of the roots, slowing the growth of the plant and forcing the succulents to generate more pups.
Follow this guideline
A container with a diameter of 5 to 6 inches will be ideal for a plant with a width of 4 inches. The use of a pot that is the right size gives the plants enough room to grow healthily without crowding the roots.
Locate them at the Right Spot
In order to become larger, choosing the right location is crucial. For optimum growth, the majority of succulent cultivars demand a mix of brilliant indirect light and direct sunlight for a few hours each day.
It is important to understand the needs of the variety you are cultivating. Echeveria, for instance, needs 4-5 hours of sun per day.
An place that receives morning sun and afternoon shade would be ideal for growing succulents in pots.
Additionally, bear in mind that most succulents are not frost-tolerant; as a result, if you live in a region with cold winters, bring plants indoors.
Use the Right Growing Medium
When they are grown in an environment that is advantageous to their growth, succulents expand in size. Succulent potting soil or any other form of well-draining soil maintains the plants healthy and encourages growth.
Do tiny succulents get larger?
The majority of small succulents are young plants or cuttings that haven’t grown to maturity.
They can also be wired or glued to the chosen arrangement, be it a wood planter, a wall art piece, a wreath arrangement, etc.
Do Mini Succulents Grow?
Yes. Mini succulents grow, although they don’t do so quickly at first. Do anticipate that after they reach a certain size, they will grow more quickly until they eventually outgrow their pots. I’ll use this echeveria and haworthia (zebra plant) as an example to demonstrate the development of their growth in this tiny pot.
They were simultaneously planted in this tiny container by me. These are all young plants. The haworthias were offspring of the mother plant, but the echeveria was multiplied from a single leaf. Here is how they developed throughout the previous year:
They became sunburnt quite soon, and I lost the one on the far left. In order to keep it from drying out, I moved it to a more shaded area and watered it more frequently—roughly once a week.
How Fast Do Mini Succulents Grow?
Their growth is slowed down when placed in a compact container since they are unable to stretch out and thrive. Depending on how well they are taken care of, micro succulents planted closely and compactly in a small area or pot can remain there for several months or even years. The type of soil they are in, hydration methods, and illumination all have a significant impact on how they develop.
The kind of plant you are utilizing also matters. Growing plants from cuttings, tiny plants, or leaves generally takes longer than growing established plants. Some succulents, regardless of where they are put, have a propensity to grow huge.
Aeoniums are one illustration of this. Aeoniums tend to grow upward and their rosettes spread outward, making them a poor choice for small arrangements. The haworthias and echeverias I displayed above are excellent options because they don’t grow as quickly or take up a lot of space. Sedums are another excellent option because they are resilient and adaptable to many growth environments.
When kept in a small space, they also continue to be little. Water your plants as little as possible—just spritz or spray them to keep them from drying out—if you want them to stay little. The plants’ growth ought to be slowed by this.
Succulents are incredibly resilient plants that can endure harsh environments for a very long period. Remember that many of the miniature succulent plants used in these arrangements are cuttings or baby plants, which are less hardy than mature plants. As a result, be ready to lose one or two of them during the process.
How Long Can Mini Succulents Stay in Small Pots?
Mini succulents can live for a few weeks, a few months, or even years in tiny pots. It all relies on the kind of plants you’re utilizing and how well you’re taking care of them. They will eventually start to outgrow the small container as they develop more.
If you maintain the plant in the same pot and don’t move it, you may start to notice that it appears unhappy or that it is spilling out of the pot. If the pot has holes, you might even see roots emerging from the holes. These are all indications that they require repotting because they have outgrown the pot.
Just remove it from the pot and repotted it in a bigger container. Trim the plant to keep it small and remove little portions to propagate and grow the plant elsewhere if you don’t feel like repotting the entire thing. Your aesthetic preferences for the plant are entirely up to you.
You can carefully remove the plant and replant it in soil if the plants aren’t in soil but you start to see roots forming.
How Big Do They Get?
While development may be stifled when kept in a small pot, the plant should be able to continue developing and eventually reach its full growth potential once it is replanted somewhere else and given enough opportunity to grow. It will be more difficult for the plant to grow to its full potential if it is kept in the same container, though. You must inevitably repot the plant into a larger container if you want to see it flourish.
Once the other plants have outgrown it, the fun thing is that you can choose new miniature succulents to put in your miniature garden.
How to Plant Your Own Mini Succulent Garden
Mine tend to persist longer when they are planted in soil, therefore I like to do that. Because they are initially quite slow growers and will remain little for a very long time, I also appreciate using very small plants developed from cuttings, frequently leaf cuttings. I gently plant them with cactus soil mix mixed with perlite for additional drainage once they are well-rooted and established.
Additionally, I enjoy using planters with drainage holes. Given their small size, it is important to keep these plants out of the full sun to avoid sun damage and sunburn.
If you are unable to plant them in soil, you can secure the plants using wire or adhesive and coir or sphagnum moss. The plant shouldn’t be harmed by the glue.
To give these two plants more room to grow and spread out, I divided them and placed each in an own pot.
They could have continued to develop in the same pot for a few more months or maybe a year, but I put them in separate pots to hasten the process.
How Long Do Mini Succulents Live?
It depends on their surroundings and the kind of care they receive. Generally speaking, plants survive longer when planted in soil as opposed to being adhered to or set in sphagnum moss or coir materials. Their roots will have something to grip onto and secure themselves after they are put in soil.
The ability of a plant to absorb water from the soil is improved when the plant becomes rooted in comparison to when the roots are loose, fastened, or linked to something. The soil they are placed in provides them with some nutrition as well. They can survive for many months or even years in the same pot or container with the right care.
How to Care for Mini Succulents and Keep Them Alive
A tiny succulent garden requires sufficient sunlight, the ideal soil type, and appropriate watering procedures.
Because of their diminutive size, the containers carry less water and dry out more quickly. Additionally, because the plants I’m using are young and were produced from cuttings, they could need a little more water than mature plants. When watering, I prefer to use a squirt bottle or a spray bottle and direct the water toward the earth rather than the plant’s top.
To prevent rotting, you want the water to reach the plant’s roots rather than its body or leaves. I water once a week on average. Remember that I have my plants outside and that I live in an extremely dry area.
You might not need to water as frequently if you reside in a humid environment. Before watering, it is advisable to examine the soil for moisture, especially if unsure. To see if moisture meters are useful, you can investigate them. Moisture meters gauge the air’s and soil’s humidity levels.
Succulents prefer a potting mixture with good drainage. They dislike spending too much time on soggy ground. This might encourage root rot. In addition to using effective watering methods, the type of soil you employ is crucial.
Select a soil that drains well, or amend the soil to improve drainage. I find that using a regular cactus potting mix and adding perlite for better drainage is a simple solution. Please click on Best Soil and Fertilizers For Succulents to read more about the best soil to use for succulents.
With the exception of some sedums, little succulents cannot stand severe heat or direct sunlight. Since many miniature succulents are the result of cuttings, they require some shade from the sun. Avoid direct sunlight, especially the harsh afternoon sun, but make sure there is plenty of bright light.
Sunlight in the morning is less strong and more tolerable. As a general guideline, give the plants 5 to 6 hours of sunlight each day or artificial light to see the best results.
Fertilizing is not really important for succulents because they don’t actually eat much, especially if you want to keep the plants small. I would only think about fertilizing small succulents if they were in a vase without soil and you had them for a while. To provide the plants with nutrients that they would not otherwise receive from the soil or potting mix, you can think about fertilizing them.
This can be accomplished by incorporating diluted fertilizer—about 1/4–1/2 strength—into the water you’ll use to spritz or water the plants. By doing this, you are giving the plants the nutrients they require to flourish. Again, unless you’ve had them for a while—roughly a year—this is really not essential.
Over the years, I’ve kept a lot of little succulents in tiny pots all over my home, and they have done extremely nicely.
They really don’t differ much from other succulent plants in terms of care and maintenance. They will be OK if you give them some tender loving care but, for the most part, leave them alone. That, at least, has served me well. Congratulations and happy gardening!
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