Last March I ordered a bunch of succulent clippings for my daughters wedding. I was making wooden planter box centerpieces and filling them with a variety of succulents for her rustic barn wedding. Along the way I learned that you could propagate succulent leaves. Now, I don't have a green thumb. It took everything in me to keep the little summabitch clippings alive for 3 months before the wedding. Thankfully, I succeeded ( still don't know how ). In shipping some leaves had fallen off, during the planting, growing, please don't die phase, I also lost some leaves, especially the ones on the bottom that needed to be pulled off before planting. I decided to try my hand at this propagating thing. The worst that could go wrong is that I killed them and I was use to killing plants. My husband actually says I could kill a artificial plant LOL.
The picture below is what began to happen after several weeks just sitting on top of the dirt.
So, I followed the advice of google and many You Tubers after hours of researching the best way to do this. Honestly, I took the easy way and sort of dumbed it down for me. I got some of the cactus and succulent soil mix at home depot. I forgot containers and things of that nature. But, the cool thing when propagating is that you really aren't using a lot of soil and you need something shallow ( or at least for my way of doing it ). I had a bunch of empty bins with lids laying around the garage so I decided to pull off a couple of the lids and place some soil on that. It actually ended up perfect because it allowed for a fine layer of soil mix. I then just placed the leaves on top of the soil. That is all. Whoa, easy- peasy!
Now, if you pull the leaves you should wait until they callus off, meaning you don't want to see moisture at the end. They will form a callus. Think of it like a cut you get. When you cut yourself it is "open" until a scab forms. The same is true for a succulent leaf. After placing them on their soil you just wait and watch. Eventually you will see roots growing, tiny plants forming, and the leaves will wither. After the roots form and the withered leaf has taken place you want to plant them. After planting you want to wait about 24 hours then water them sparingly making sure you tap the soil down again. Their growth will begin to accelerate when they acclimate to their surroundings. I will say that since my succulents were propagating in the garage, I did, once a week or so lightly spritz them with water (when I remembered), but the cool thing about succulents is they actually like being forgotten. They are such an amazing low care, no fuss plant that even for people like me who can kill a spider plant, they do exceptionally well when you forget to water them.
This photo is one of the pots I have on my front porch. They are still growing!
I've done several propagating sessions and each one has been a success. They are great to make dish gardens around the house, to put in large pots like I have also done and they make great holiday or birthday gifts as well when you create dish gardens.
Ready, Set, Grow! You can do it. It's actually fun and it's kind of cool nurturing something from a leaf and watching every step of the process until you get beautiful succulents!
This photo is the second pot I have on my front porch!
From literally a leaf that you will watch wither to beautiful succulents that you can keep and gift!