How To Trim And 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.

Cutting

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:

Beheading

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:

Is it possible to remove a piece of a succulent and replant it?

Because succulents are such hardy plants, you can actually plant a piece of one and it will develop into a new plant. It may sound like a horror film or the premise of an upcoming science fiction drama on Netflix, but it’s truly possible to regenerate something new from a severed limb. Even if one of its branches is cut off, they will still manage to survive.

Yes, you can prune or cut off a section of a succulent and plant it elsewhere. The clipped succulent piece will adapt to its new home and develop into a full-fledged succulent with the right growing circumstances.

If you want to learn more about pruning succulents, keep reading. It’s like getting numerous plants for the price of one if you get the technique down!

How are succulents pruned and trimmed?

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.

Can a succulent be rooted from a cutting?

Succulents that are fully established don’t require daily watering, but leaves and cuttings do. Having said that, you should avoid giving them too much water because doing so will turn them orangey-brown and eventually kill them.

When working with leaves, place them on top of the soil while making sure that their ends don’t actually touch it. Water the leaves whenever the soil becomes dry. To soak the soil’s top, I use a spray bottle.

The cut end of the leaf should be inserted into the soil, according to some experts, but the majority of the leaves I attempted to plant in this manner either perished or just developed roots without sprouting new plants.

Cuttings must be buried in the soil, unlike leaves. They only require to be planted and watered for them to begin to develop roots because they are already virtually fully formed succulents!

Similar to leaves, cuttings require watering if you see the soil is becoming dry. Within a few weeks after you’ve gotten your watering schedule down, your cuttings will begin to produce new roots and leaves.

Is it possible to remove the top of a succulent and transplant it?

Choosing which succulents to leave whole and others to remove their heads from should be your first priority. The Aloe and some of the succulents in the front looked excellent in this arrangement, which was a nice gift from Desiree at Redeeming Eden.

The Echeveria appeared rather tall and lanky from the front. The Crassula perforata and Cotelydon tomentosa were a touch out of control in the back. I removed the tops of the Crassula perforatas and Echeveria with these wonderful scissors.

To avoid rot, you must let the cuttings dry for at least a day before replanting them. I advise making all the necessary cuttings so that you can plant everything simultaneously the next day.

The base plants will ultimately stop producing new growth, so if you like, you can leave them in the arrangement. I chose to fully remove the Echeveria in this instance since it was so tall and the naked stem was so obvious.

I planted it in my “Garden of Death” (Laura Eubanks’s phrase), where succulents can choose whether to live or pass away. I’ll either plant it permanently or keep taking cuttings from it when it produces new rosettes.

Don’t forget to gather any healthy leaves that may fall off as well. A lot of these may be multiplied to create new plants. I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for free plants.

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.

How can you root succulents the quickest?

So, you may be wondering how to quickly propagate succulents. I can relate to both the joy and frustration of watching a new plant develop.

Since I’ve been growing succulents for a few years, allow me to give you some advice on how to quickly propagate your succulents as well as some alternative techniques you can try.

Stem cuttings are the simplest and quickest method of propagating succulents. If the plant is a fresh cutting from the mother plant, it will already have a strong foundation from which to build its new root system. Another instance is when you cut off the succulent’s top portion because it has been stretched out significantly (etiolation), this stem will likewise give rise to numerous new plantlings (pups). Due to its existing root system, the plant will also have a great possibility of producing more offset and growing quickly.

Always check that the stem cuttings are a respectable size for the plant’s typical size.

According to my experience, I always want to make sure that the succulent has a lot of nodes where the leaves attach to the stem and a lot of leaves in its stem. Once the succulent is put in soil, these stem nodes will form roots, and the leaves will serve as the succulent’s water source until its root system matures.

Do I need to remove the dead succulent leaves?

One of the most enjoyable aspects of growing succulents, in our opinion, is getting to remove all the dried leaves from the area around your plant’s base. Most individuals find it to be quite calming and enjoyable since it is so enjoyable and genuinely healing.

Aside from that interesting fact, you should remove any dried leaves and blossoms for the sake of your plant’s health. You can maintain the happiness and health of your plants by carrying out this easy chore.

New growth, New plants, New Blooms

Energy can be recycled back into the plant by removing any spent, dried-up bloom stalks and dry leaves from your succulents. Your plant will be able to produce new growth, blooms, and occasionally new rosettes or pups if you do this. And who doesn’t desire succulents that are bigger and more numerous?

To remove, gently lift the plant’s healthy leaves, and then pull any dried-out leaves from beneath. They ought to be rather simple to remove. If they don’t, you can either leave them to dry out more or, if they are past their prime and unsightly, try to snap them off completely.

Good Air Flow

Humidity, wetness, and/or succulents make for a dangerous and occasionally lethal mix. You may provide your plants sufficient air circulation and make it easier for the soil to dry out by removing these dried leaves from beneath your plants. Removing these dried leaves will assist avoid the growth of rot, mildew, and/or illnesses, especially in humid or very rainy weather. This process also allows for air to circulate around the base of the plant.

Less Pests

Succulents are susceptible to a wide range of pest attacks, just like most other plants. Getting rid of the dead leaves beneath your plant can also help deter pests. Little insects adore wet areas where they may hide and reproduce. A succulent’s compressed lower leaves are likely to retain moisture around the plant’s base, which will attract pests. Your plant has a higher chance of repelling these pests if you remove these leaves.

Another alluring nesting habitat for bugs, specifically aphids, can be bloom stalks. If you see that your blooms are starting to develop this bug problem, you can either completely remove the bloom stalk or treat the bloom with a mix of diluted rubbing alcohol and water. These bugs frequently spread disease to surrounding plants and flowers if the situation is left untreated. In order to remove bloom stalks from your plant, either gently wriggle the stalk back and forth or, if it hasn’t dried up yet, snap or cut it low.

Do we have any ASMR fans out there??

We made this little movie to demonstrate how to take these leaves off your plants, but since we adore succulents, it also serves as our take on ASMR. Am I correct?

(According to The Urban Dictionary, ASMR’s sole function is to help people unwind. The goal of ASMR videos is to relax the viewer by sending a tingling sensation down their spine or back.

How can a succulent that has grown out be replanted?

After a few years of vigorous growth, succulents can become overgrown and root-bound. Repotting them into a bigger container with new soil, pruning the leaves sparingly, and making sure the light and soil nutrients are ideal will all help them look better.

How to Repot Overgrown Succulents

  • Gently remove each plant from the old container by gently pulling from the base of the stem.
  • Partially fill the new, larger pot with a grittier, better-draining soil, such as a potting mix for succulents and cacti.
  • With a fresh pair of scissors or pruning shears, remove any unwanted leaves, then position the plants in the new pot.
  • Soil should be poured into the pot to the last bit.
  • Optional: Apply a top dressing to the soil’s surface.
  • Place in the Appropriate Lighting (see succulent product page)
  • When the soil is totally dry, wait until it has been let dry for 3–7 days before deeply watering it again.

Why is my succulent gaining height rather than width?

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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.

What succulent is the most straightforward to grow?

Having a collection of succulents might be most gratifying when you propagate them. You can increase the number of a popular plant in your yard through propagation, swap plants with friends, and even preserve a dying plant. Here are our top ten picks for beginner-friendly succulents.

Sedum rubrotinctum (Pork and Beans or Jelly Beans)

Bright crimson in direct sunlight; green in shadow. This resilient Sedum quickly fills in container gardens and rock gardens. Remove the leaves and place yourself on a damp, well-draining surface.

Echeveria ‘Lola’

one of the most productive Echeveria leaf plants. Both newcomers and seasoned collectors adore the flawlessly round rosette and the pearly pink leaves. They germinate swiftly and successfully spread through leaves in large numbers.

Sedum nussbaumerianum

difficult in dry, warm areas with little water. Easy to grow from leaf or tip cuttings. Before planting in soil, wait for a scab to develop (this takes about a week). This species’ colors and leaf shapes vary widely.

Sempervivum arachnoideum (Cobweb Houseleek)

Fast-growing and yields more offsets than you could possibly use! Plant cuttings directly in damp soil after cutting propagation, and you’ll observe roots forming in approximately a week.

Graptopetalum paraguayense (Ghost Plant)

A stunning hanging rosette succulent that may change color depending on the environment to orange, bronze, pink, and purple. It is quite simple to spread by leaves; you might even notice one growing on its own.

Echeveria colorata

Initially slow, but well worth the wait. Echeveria colorata starts out by producing lovely leaf sprouts with scarlet tips. Before removing the mother leaf from the new plant, wait until it has totally died.

Echeveria lilacina (Ghost Echeveria)

We frequently see the succulent Echeveria lilacina multiplying by itself. By planting leaves gently in soil with their roots down and leaf up, you can prevent the fast curling that occurs with leaves.