How To Prune Succulents

You should prune the entire plant to accomplish this. Once a year in the spring, you can take out up to a third of its size. Make sure your cuts are close to a leaf or lateral branch while trimming all of the branch’s branches back to the desired size. To direct its new development is another reason you might wish to prune your succulent.

When do succulents need to be pruned?

Succulents benefit most from pruning at the start of their growing season, although you can prune them at any time. If you prune around the end of the growing season, new growth might not appear as rapidly, but it will develop gradually and accelerate once they begin to grow vigorously again.

There are numerous succulents that grow best in the summer, but there are also quite a few that grow best in the winter. To determine when your succulents are actively developing, check at this dormancy table.

My succulents are often pruned in the spring, after spending the winter indoors. Typically, they become quite stretched out and lose some of their initial beauty.

I can freshen the arrangement by pruning them without needing to buy new plants. It’s a fantastic approach to grow your garden!

Succulents that have been clipped back will they regrow?

If you intend to repot your plant, you can clip the roots of your succulents, though this is rarely necessary. The roots of a succulent plant don’t require much room and can thrive in confined spaces. However, it’s acceptable to cut your roots if you see that they are rotting.

When your succulent’s roots don’t appear to be growing properly, you might also want to think about pruning them. Succulents that grow very slowly occasionally have dead roots that need to be pulled out in order to allow for proper growth.

Before attempting to cut the roots of the succulents, first make sure that they have been growing for at least a year.

How To Trim Succulent Roots Successfully

Carefully remove the succulent from its pot before trimming the roots. Turning the pot upside down with your hand serving as a safety net for the plant is the most secure way to achieve this. A newly hydrated plant should not be removed because, in my experience, it is simpler to remove a dry plant for its pot.

Remove as much of the old dirt as you can after removing the plant from its pot. Any sick or overgrown roots should be chopped with a sharp blade or pair of scissors. To stop root rot from spreading if you have diseased roots, you should also clip a tiny portion of the healthy roots around them.

How To Know When Your Succulent Roots Are Rotting

By personally inspecting the roots or keeping an eye on your plant’s behavior, you can determine if your succulent has root rot. Rot affects roots when they appear black or dark brown and feel damp.

Alternatively, succulents exhibiting these signs may also require a cut:

  • leaf tarnishing. The leaves will change to bright green or yellow.
  • Fresh growth immediately withers.
  • Weak. Use your fingers to feel the plant. The roots are destroyed if the plant sways readily.

How To Prevent Root Rot by Trimming

There are ways to prevent root rot from damaging your plant and your succulent further. Root rot treatment and prevention

First, take the plant out of the pot. Get a good view of the roots by removing any extra dirt that may be there.

3. Give the plant some time to dry. Keep the succulent out of direct sunlight and let it dry.

4. Empty and sanitize the pot. To clean the container and get rid of any potential bacterial or fungal growth, use an antibacterial soap or alcohol.

5. Replant the trimmed succulent in a cactus/succulent potting medium that drains quickly.

Cutting the diseased roots off one succulent, if you’re growing several in a pot, will also stop the others from contracting the illness.

Will the Succulent Roots Grow Back?

After being chopped, succulent roots will sprout again. Root pruning can promote the growth of new, healthier roots. It can take a few weeks before you notice a change in your plant if it is recuperating from a disease or root rot. Simply be patient and give it some time to heal. You’ll know the plant has grown new roots whenever you see it thriving and producing new growth.

How Do Healthy Succulent Roots Look?

You can check the roots for health after giving your plant some time to recover. The growth of new roots should be thin and fibrous. These indicate sound root growth. Roots that are thin and fibrous will absorb water and nutrients better.

Should you remove succulent leaves that have died?

Succulent plants have long-lasting, thick, meaty leaves and stalks, but they eventually wilt and die. On plants, it’s normal for some leaves to die, however this rarely signifies disease. Quickly removing the dead leaves enhances the appearance of the plants and stops the spread of any disease-causing organisms. Regular pruning shears risk crushing the succulent stems, therefore it’s preferable to make precise cuts with a disinfected, sharp knife or a razor blade.

One part household bleach and nine parts water should be added to a bowl. When cutting away dead foliage, it is important to disinfect the knife and stop the spread of illness. Dip the knife into the solution between each cut.

Remove individual dead leaves by cutting through them where they meet a stem. Cut off the leaf at its base but avoid going into the plant’s crown if you have a succulent that grows rosettes from the plant crown.

Trim off entire stems or branches from succulent kinds that exhibit trunk-like growth when all of the leaves on the stem are dead or showing signs of decline. Look beneath the dead part of the stem for a swollen leaf node. 1/4 inch above the node, cut through the stem.

Cut off the dead parts of succulents that resemble ropes, like Rhipsalis paradoxa, in the space between two leaf segments. These result in lengthy foliage strands joined together by a skinny stem. Only the damaged end pieces should be removed by cutting through the stem. If all the foliage is dead, cut the rope off at the root.

What happens if you cut a succulent’s top off?

A succulent cannot return to its original compact height and shape once it has been stretched out. But don’t worry!

Start by using good-quality scissors to trim off the succulent’s top (I adore this pair so much! Definitely worth every cent! Leave 2-3 leaves on the base for at least an inch or two. If you leave a few leaves on the base to absorb sunlight, the base will thrive.

I’ve seen bare stems produce new offshoots, but it takes a lot longer than when I leave a few leaves on the stem. You can trim some of the stem to shorten the cutting if the cutting (the top portion you cut off) is too long for your taste.

Allow the base and the cutting to dry for a few days. You can plant the cutting in soil and start watering it once the cut end has calloused over (totally dried out and appears “scabbed”).

Cuttings do, in my experience, require a little bit more frequent watering than a fully rooted plant. To prevent the stem from becoming too soggy and rotting, use a soil that has a really good drainage system. Here is more information on how to grow succulents from cuttings.

Within a few days, maybe, but most probably within two to three weeks, the cutting should begin to give off roots. You should reduce watering as the roots take hold in order to put the plant on the same “schedule” as fully rooted plants.

Within a few weeks, the base, or original plant, will begin to produce additional offshoots. This plant can still be taken care of in the same manner as before the cut.

The leaves you initially left on the base plant can eventually wilt or drop off. Although highly common, this won’t always occur.

But if they do come off, don’t panic! Without the “parent leaves,” the young rosettes will still be able to develop.

Why is my succulent gaining height rather than width?


Your succulent does it appear different? Are you perplexed as to why it is becoming so stretched-out, tall, and leggy?

Your succulent is experiencing etiolation if it is expanding vertically rather than horizontally. Your succulent needs more light, to put it simply.

Sadly, damage that has already been done cannot be undone. But it can bounce back. Your stretched succulent can be propagated, which will result in more plants. Win!

Let’s examine this stretched Crassula perforata more closely. Find out what caused this to happen and how to solve it.

Visit How to Grow Succulents Indoors to catch up on general care for succulents.

How are giant succulents pruned?

The cut should be made a few inches below the point where your succulent’s rosette or top growth terminates. When planting your plant, you should leave a small amount of stem showing, but not so much that it protrudes too far from the ground like it did before.

How do I get a bushier cactus?

Any plant’s other buds will be able to grow, sometimes with astonishing vigor, if the top is pruned removed. As a result, the plant becomes bushier as each lower bud develops into a new, smaller shoot. By making a cut slightly above a bud that is oriented in the desired direction, you can control the growth.

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • Overwatering and wet soil are the causes of succulent plants dying. The soil must completely dry up before watering succulents again because they are drought-tolerant plants. Succulent leaves rot from the roots when they are placed in moist soil.
  • Succulent leaves shrink and wilt owing to drought stress, overwatering, insufficient watering frequency, or soil that has baked hard and repels water from the surface. Succulents’ leaves are water reservoirs, and when the roots do not have access to enough moisture, the leaves wilt.
  • Transplant shock or wet soils are the causes of succulents dying after repotting. A sudden difference in the amount of light, soil, and moisture causes succulents to wither. Repotted succulents may not be able to survive the new soil’s excessive moisture retention, which will cause the leaves to turn yellow, brown, or black.
  • Because they are submerged or don’t receive enough sunshine, succulent leaves wither at the bottom. Succulents and succulents that are drought-stressed When a succulent receives excessive shadow, it diverts its energy toward protecting the top leaves, which causes the lower leaves to wither and fall off near the base of the plant.
  • Due to freezing temperatures and frost, the majority of succulents lose their leaves and die back. Succulents typically prefer temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (13C-27C). The moisture stores in the succulent plants’ leaves are harmed by freezing temperatures, which causes the plant to turn black and die.