How to Propagate Succulent Plants

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Succulents have had quite the spotlight these past few seasons, and rightfully so. With the most gentle, delicate colors and unusual shapes and patterns, they can act as a beautiful decorative houseplant for your home.

So what do you do when you have a succulent? Keep it for show? Make a succulent garden? How about when a little leaf falls off, or if you accidentally (ahem) drop it?

Or how about when you have a favorite succulent and want to copy and paste that baby? Keep reading to learn how to easily regrow succulent plants!

They are similar to cacti in that they retain great amounts of water. I love that most about some of these plants because they become fleshy and swollen, and look like they are about to burst when full! And is there anything better in the world than a baby succulent?!

Luckily, it’s super easy to propagate your favorite succulent! While this may seem like a daunting task at first, the hardest part is being patient.

Once you get a knack for it, you’ll find yourself running out of room to showcase each of your beautiful little creations. Here, you will find the easiest way to regrow any succulent plant from clippings or fallen leaves.

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set of 12 succulents cute succulent mini planters to start regrowing from cutting

How to Propagate Succulent Plants: Step By Step

Step 1

First, you will want to examine your plant for any leaves that seem to have separated themselves from the rest of the plant, or are sitting low on the stalk.

Usually you’ll see the largest ones at the bottom fall or begin to die off. You can gently pull these away from the base carefully and use them as your clipping.

Then, if applicable, collect any of the recently fallen leaves that have not started dying. I mean really only consider ones that have freshly fallen from the mother succulent.

Step 2

Lay your succulent clippings on a flat surface, curved side down. The concave side should be facing up and clipping sits on the surface allowing the ends to face up as seen in the photo below. Lay them out with room between them and keep them in a dry place, undisturbed.

A kitchen counter, craft table, dining room table, are all fine as they don’t yet need to live in the sun or be watered. Let them dry for a few days, or at least until the root end that was attached to the plant callouses over and becomes rough to the touch.

To know it has calloused, you will feel that it’s a little rough to the touch. You don’t need to water them here or put them in the sun. They just need to be placed out long enough to to harden at the edge.

propagating succulent plants

How to Propagate Succulents Plants: Step 3

Once the root callouses, lay the clippings onto a shallow bed of well draining succulent potting soil. It is OK if they start to look a little dry by the time they get to the soil. Because now is when you can give them a little water.

The best method to watering them is to spray them and mist them. Do so just enough to dampen the top layer of soil and to replenish their lost moisture, but be careful not to drown them. Remember a succulent is like a cactus.

Even a succulent clipping will retain water well and new roots don’t do well with too much water. This is a key element when trying to successfully propagate succulent plants.

regrowing succulent plants

Step 4

In about another 5-7 days, you will notice some of the clippings will die, or never get past the root phase. This happens, especially on your first few tries, but fret not, the rest will grow!

Fortunately, you will start noticing roots sprouting in the successful clipping. As those roots start to form, keep them covered with soil as to not dry out.

In 2-3 weeks you’ll start seeing baby buds forming and that means YAAAY you’ve propagated your succulent plant successfully!

Step 5

At this point the newly grown bud is going to start out living the ‘mother’ leaf which will eventually die and you will then have to carefully remove it from the baby bud.

At this time, you can very carefully plant the succulent in potting soil into a cute little succulent planter. Be patient, as these baby buds can sometimes take quite awhile to grow into the beautiful larger sprout you are used to.

After the buds have sprouted with a defined set of roots, plant it in soil root side down. Maintenance from here on out is easy. So, how often do you water succulents? Simple – once the soil is thoroughly dry, or every 2-3 weeks depending on your climate.

But it allows you to swoon over those cute little baby buds and your propagation success that much longer. 

Now that you have mastered the skill of regrowing succulent plants, have fun mixing and matching new displays and pairings! Think about how you will display your new plants.

There are so many ways to showcase them, it’ll be addicting coming up with new designs. You can display one plant each in tiny pots. You can pair multiples of the same succulent into one pot for a full look.

Or, you can pair multiple varieties into one shallow bowl for a pretty succulent garden indoors! My favorite thing to do is add different colors, textures and heights for maximum impact.

DIY Succulent Potting Soil Recipe

Having the right soil for your succulents in paramount for their success. They thrive in sandy, well draining potting soil. Think desert style conditions similar to what a cactus would thrive in. I

f you don’t naturally have this kind of soil at home, here is a simple DIY succulent potting soil recipe you can fix.

Succulent Soil Recipe

  • 3 parts calcined clay or crushed pumice
  • 3 parts crushed granite
  • 1 part vermiculite
  • 3 parts pine or fir bark fines

You can also purchase a pre-mixed succulent potting soil if you don’t have access to these ingredients in your local shops.

Sharing Succulents

Once you have an abundance of riches, it’s time to share the wealth! You can actually turn a profit on your creations if you find a local sales channel that works for you!

Try local flea markets and set up a table! You can also craft them for friends and family. These little cuties also make for a cute gift for events and days like Mother’s Day, birthdays and baby and bridal showers! Everyone loves receiving a succulent, so spread the love!


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