When To Plant 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.

Can I grow a succulent leaf indoors?

In the spring and summer, when leaves and stems are ready for active growth, it is simplest to propagate succulent leaves and cuttings. Most common succulents can be multiplied successfully from individual leaves or stem fragments.

  • For succulents with fleshy leaves, like jade plants or echeveria and sempervivum rosettes, leaf propagation works well. The leaf must remain intact for the root to take. To loosen the leaf, gently bounce it back and forth while holding it between your forefinger and thumb. After that, carefully separate the leaf from the parent plant, keeping the base in tact.
  • Succulents with distinct stems, including stacked crassulas and spreading or erect sedums, respond well to stem cuttings. Cutting succulents is analogous to propagating soft-stemmed plants. To cut stem tips, use a sharp knife, or take an entire stem to make many starts. Each cutting should be 2 to 3 inches long and have multiple leaves. Only the top two leaves should be kept.

Can succulent leaves be planted in soil?

Take a dropped leaf from one of your succulents as a starter. This is recommended if you are hesitant to remove a leaf off your ideal succulent or are simply concerned about doing so incorrectly. To increase your chances of success, only select full, plump leaves when searching for fallen ones. Go ahead and carefully pull one off the stem if there aren’t any fallen leaves. Succulents, especially Echeveria, are sensitive, therefore you should take a leaf off carefully by grasping the stem and twisting to completely remove it from the plant. Poor cuts may prevent the leaves from developing roots.

The cut ends of the leaves should be placed on a paper towel to dry off so they won’t rot when planted. Transfer the leaves to some succulent or cactus potting soil after letting them dry on the paper towel for a few days.

What You’ll Need:

  • slicing shears
  • gardening mitts (for handling spiny varieties)
  • a little trowel
  • potting soil for cacti and succulents
  • jars with sufficient drainage holes

Remove Some Leaves or Behead

Take a few leaves at random from your succulent plant, gently twisting each one off the stem without breaking it.

These can be cut off the bottom of the stem, which will be discarded, when it begins to grow lanky.

To remove a specific leaf from a plant, such as a Christmas cactus, you might need to use scissors.

If you’re “beheading,” cut the stem of the plant head cleanly with your scissors or clippers about an inch below the lower leaves.

Plant

When roots start to form, either choose a site in your garden that is ideal for planting or fill well-draining containers of your choosing with potting material.

Sunshine and well-drained soil are ideal for succulent growth. They get paler in the absence of sunlight, and they decompose in excess moisture.

When the sun is less powerful, such as in the early morning or late afternoon, plant in a sunny location.

To lift the cuttings above the edge of your container or garden surface, pile dirt higher. To stabilize the roots, gently tamp the earth down; do not water.

Water and Feed

It’s time to buy a succulent/cactus food at this stage, such as Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food, which is sold on Amazon. administer as directed by the manufacturer.

Succulents can also be propagated via cuttings that are placed on top of potting soil and allowed to callus off so they can root themselves in the soil.

Succulents should be planted when?

In most places, the spring and summer, when plants are actively growing, are the greatest times to plant outdoor succulents. You can plant outside at any time of the year if you live in a region without frost. You can also plant succulents indoors at any time.

Broken succulent leaves can they be replanted?

Succulents are a preferred option for many individuals due to their hardiness as a plant. Given the correct conditions, it can develop new roots, and it is much simpler to propagate than other plants. In fact, succulents can develop on their own if the soil is sufficiently damp! Sadly, it doesn’t always happen, therefore you have to foster a favorable climate for it to flourish.

Succulents are tough plants, but it doesn’t make them unbreakable or immune to damage. There are many things that can harm these plants; anything from neglect to over-care can result in fading, tension, or injury. Since I’m very certain that you already have a broken succulent on your hands, let’s fix it first before moving on.

Method #1: Leaves Falling Off

When leaves begin to fall, for example, we can say that a succulent is broken. There are a number of causes behind it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save your plant. Falling leaves are actually just the beginning for a new succulent—how it’s they spread. It will develop into a new plant if you simply provide the right conditions for it to flourish.

Gather the leaves as soon as you notice them starting to fall from the plant and store them away for three days. The only way for the leaves to establish roots is through this process, which makes it essential. To place these leaves, you’ll also need a fresh pot and cactus soil. As long as it has adequate drainage to drain excess water from the soil, any container will work.

Succulents require moisture in the soil to flourish, so keep that in mind. However, this does not obligate you to water the plant in the pot to the same extent as you would other plants. Injurious amounts of water can inhibit new roots from forming on leaves. You only need a tiny bit of moisture. It should be sufficient to spray the surface every other day to produce the ideal conditions for succulents to flourish.

Here is a simple instruction to showing you how to use a damaged succulent’s dropping leaves to salvage it:

Unfortunately, not all succulents are created equal, and not all of them can be multiplied using leaves. Only those who possess a Stonecrop or Copperleaf can use this technique. You cannot utilize fallen leaves to grow Aeoniums or Sansevieria. You must remove a fresh leaf from the stalk if these are the plants you have. You can just plant it on a cup filled with damp soil rather than letting it dry out.

The steps are the same, but you’ll employ the leaves in a different way. Some succulents must get callused before they can develop roots, while others are resilient enough to continue to thrive even after being cut and replanted. Making sure that the soil has the right amount of moisture—neither too little nor too much—is essential if you want to effectively propagate succulents.

The leaves will drop off even with careful maintenance. Because certain succulents need it for reproduction, it is typical. You don’t need to worry about it, but it would be better to take good care of it to promote its development. Simply check that the soil can absorb enough moisture, the container you’re using has sufficient drainage, and you’re only giving it little quantities of water every few days.

Method #2: Stem Decapitated

You can’t always utilize fallen leaves to keep a succulent branch from breaking off. Even some plants cannot spread through the leaves. If you’re taking care of a succulent that looks similar, you might need to cut off a stem from the plant and utilize it to sprout another one. However, it won’t enough to just remove the stem and plant it in a new container.

If your plant utilizes a stem to reproduce, you must first cut off a portion of the stem and store it until it becomes calloused. The new roots will form in this area. Even in the ideal conditions for succulents to develop, your stem will just wither away without this callused portion.

The stem will develop a callus in just three days, at which point you can bury it in cactus soil. Unfortunately, establishing roots from a succulent that has had its head taken off takes time. It moves at an agonizingly slow pace. It requires a lot of patience because you could not even see effects for a few weeks, and some things might even take months to take root!

Another essential step when using a cut-off stem is to ensure that it doesn’t receive direct sunlight—instead, it needs indirect sunlight. In addition, you should wait three weeks before watering or spraying anything into the soil’s surface. To begin forming roots, the stem must go through this procedure.

You can repot the plant in a better container with sufficient drainage after the stem begins to develop roots. You have now successfully salvaged a broken-off succulent and can resume your regular succulent maintenance. There are still some things you can do to save the old plant, so don’t worry.

Method #3: Leaves Cut in Half

What if the leaf is sliced in half? is the most frequent query I receive. Yes, a fallen leaf with the portion still attached to the stem can develop roots. Roots can also form on the plant stem that has been severed. But if the portion of the leaf attached to the stem is already rotting or has entirely dried out, will it still be able to produce roots?

As you are aware, succulents have a special quality that enables them to develop roots even when the stem-connected portion is already decomposing. Although you must get rid of the rotten component, the procedure is identical to producing roots from leaves. It may even take a month or two for the leaf to begin producing roots because of how long this process takes.

The quickest approach to save your succulent, no matter how long it takes, is to create a new one from the pieces of a broken one. At initially, these new succulents won’t need a lot of maintenance. It will be simple for you to save a broken-off succulent if your soil meets the requirements. Some people are even starting farms utilizing the methods I’ve shared with you!

Method #4: Repotting the Old Plant

The first three techniques are the ones that people use the most frequently to rescue a broken-off succulent. They are able to have more as a result of these techniques in addition to salvaging what little of their plant is still there. Repotting a damaged succulent is another approach to salvage it, and any issues your plant is having may simply be a sign that it needs a little extra care.

You can check its health and the soil’s quality by repotting. A number of factors can negatively impact the health of your plant, but the best method to save it is to remove rotten roots and make sure the soil you’re using is suitable for it.

Gather Your Succulents To Plant

For this video, we’ll be planting a variety of succulent species using both cuttings and discarded leaves. Amass the materials you want to plant. You can either utilize fallen leaves or cut cuttings from an established plant. If you can’t locate cuttings anywhere else, you can usually find them online and at most florists. Although these are also available on Amazon, I got mine from a vendor on Etsy.

Prepare your succulents for planting.

The most crucial step in this method is preparing your succulents. Make sure you have enough stem to plant in the ground so it can support the plant. Any excess leaves at the stem’s base should be removed. It’s good to leave approximately an inch of the stem exposed for larger cuttings, and you can use less for smaller cuttings.

After that, examine the base of your cutting. The plants ought to have a “callous” on them, which denotes that the plant’s base has dried out. You should wait a few days before planting freshly cut succulents because this forms a few days after the succulent is cut. By letting the cut end dry more quickly on a paper towel or paper bag, you can hasten this process.

Succulents are wonderful because you can also plant their leaves, so hold onto the ones you pulled off the stem. Verify your succulents for any bad components. Any area of the plant that is dark contains rot, which can spread to other areas and ultimately destroy the plant. Simply cutting it will allow you to get rid of the rotten parts.

Mix your soil.

If you aren’t using a pre-made succulent soil mix, you’ll need to prepare your soil so that it will drain effectively and support the growth of your succulent plants. To make the soil drain well, I combine one part potting soil with one part sand. In order to help larger plants become more firmly rooted in the ground, I also prefer to have a supply of tiny rocks nearby.

To fill a pot or tray, pour your soil mixture. I’m repurposing an old baking pan that I can’t bake in as a planting tray.

Plant!

We’ve reached the enjoyable part now! Make a little, inch-deep hole in the ground. After inserting your cutting, fill up the depression with soil.

Make careful to space your cuttings, if you’re planting more than one, roughly 2-3″ apart.

Ensure that your plants receive adequate water. Although succulents don’t often require much water, you may need to water them every 2-4 days while they are developing their roots, depending on how dry the soil becomes. It’s normal for the leaves to initially appear a little dried out because the plant is using its reserves of stored energy to develop new roots. New growth should begin to appear in around four weeks. Change to weekly watering or watering only when the soil is dry once the plants have set their roots and have started to grow.

Admire and Show Off Your Work!

Well done! Show off your incredible craftsmanship and green thumb to all of your friends! These plants will be prepared for repotting if you desire once they have developed roots and begun to grow, which should take around 3 to 6 weeks. They make wonderful Christmas gifts for friends and coworkers when planted in a tiny Mason jar or vibrant pot!