Succulents are pretty amazing plants to grow at home and the best part is that it is actually very easy to propagate further plants should you have some that you absolutely adore and want to have more of. In actual fact, to propagate them from leaves just takes several steps and as you will see there is nothing that is too complex at any point.
Step 1: Choose a Healthy Plant.
The first step is, of course, to choose a healthy plant because you hardly want to try to propagate from one that is struggling or has some kind of disease. Now, there are a couple of tips here because you want to avoid a plant that has yellowing leaves or any clear signs of disease so do check up on the type of plant you are taking the cutting from and what to look out for. In order to do this, consider these key points.
· Study the plant carefully for any problems.
· Choose a different plant if there is signs of yellowing.
· Choose a plant that is more mature and has established itself.
Step 2: Taking that Cutting.
Next, we have to look at getting you to take that cutting and this is a part that is clearly going to be important as you want to make sure that you are taking a healthy cutting that will then stand a better chance of rooting and growing into a plant. Now, in this instance we are talking about you propagating succulents from leaves and you should begin by going to the bottom of the plant.
In order to take the cutting you are best to follow these simple steps and take great care while doing so.
· Hold the leaf firmly.
· Wiggle the leaf gently from side to side.
· Slowly apply a bit more pressure until you hear a snap.
· Make sure that the leaf comes off and no bit is left.
· If you leave the base attached to the stem then it will not grow roots.
As you can see, there is nothing complicated although you do have to take some care in removing the leaves or you will go through the entire growing process for no reason whatsoever.
Step 3: Let the Leaf or Leaves Air Dry.
So, by now you have taken that cutting and the next step is to allow the cutting to air dry and this is the part where most people will tend to go wrong or make a mistake and it does then have an impact on your ability to successfully propagate the cutting.
By doing this, you are going to allow the cut that was made by removing the stem to callous over and this is going to be extremely important when it comes to germinating a new plant.
In order to correctly complete this phase, you should perhaps consider the following points to eventually end up with a cutting that is going to be perfect and able to grow an entirely new plant.
· After cutting off the leaves, do not immediately plant in soil.
· Leave them for 24 hours to dry in the air and allow the cut to effectively heal over.
· Failure to do this will result in the leaves rotting in the soil.
· They do this as they then absorb too much moisture.
· Cutting the stem of the rosette may take several days to dry out.
· You know when it is ready when it is dry to the touch.
Step 4: Place it on the Soil Ready to Grow.
Once you have waited for the leaves to air dry it is then time to unite the cutting with soil and with this there are several things that you need to consider to give it the best possible chance of growing. Now, at this point some people will dip the ends of the leaves into a rooting powder but that is not always going to be necessary and indeed a number of people have had resounding success without doing this.
However, the one thing that you do need to do is to simply place the leaves on top of the soil and just make sure that the soil is very well-draining or has been specifically mixed in order to help succulents to grow.
To get the best results, consider the following points.
· Place the leaves on top of the soil and do not press them into it.
· Use rooting powder if you want.
· Use well-draining soil.
· Give them some indirect sunlight.
· Keep checking for small pink roots beginning to sprout from the leaves.
Step 5: Water the Leaf.
Watering the leaf is obviously going to be important, but what is also important is making sure that you give it the correct amount of water. People will tend to make the mistake of simply throwing as much water on as possible, but that would be the wrong approach.
Instead, the key to watering is to be careful in what you do and the most common way of making sure that your succulent cuttings are able to grow successfully is to do the following.
· Water sparingly at first so just moisten the soil.
· Keep checking on a daily basis to see how moist the soil is.
· After roots appear soak the soil but only do so when it is completely dry.
· Never over water or you will cause a problem.
Step 6: Wait.
The final step is, for many people, the hardest one of all as it involves you needing to be patient and wait for things to grow. The exact length of time that you need to wait in order to have these new plants is going to vary depending on the variety that you are growing. However, you should start to see some movement in a week or two and it is then just a waiting game.
Make sure that you provide them with the correct amount of light and remember the temperatures that they are used to and there should be no reason why you do not end up with perfect new succulent plants that can then take pride of place.
So there you have it, the six simple steps that you should follow in order to successfully propagate succulents from leaves. As you can see, there really was nothing too complex about it at any point and all it takes is some patience on your part to really start to see some results. Follow the steps closely and you will then be the proud owner of brand new succulents.