Most succulents can be propagated from cutting, both leaf cuttings and stem cuttings. They are one of the easiest plants to propagate.
A propagating mix of peat, sharp sand and perlite works well.
Propagation by Leaf Cuttings
Leaf cuttings are simply planted around 3 – 4 cm deep and kept moist. Keep in a bright but filtered light.
- Take the leaf cuttings
- Allow the wound (cut area) to dry before planting
- With leaf cuttings you will not have any buds, or flowers to remove so they are ready to plant.
- The leaf cutting need to be planted fairly deeply, around 3 -4 cm
- Water well after planting and then allow to almost dry out before watering again
- The propagating mix should not be soggy at any time, otherwise you may get fungal diseases and rot.
Propagation from Stem Cuttings
Stem cuttings are treated in much the same manner. You will need some cuttings that will allow you to have a stem of around 5 – 10 cm in length, however do not be to fussy.
Succulent cuttings need to have the wound heel before planting. So allow to dry in a cool well ventilated position for 3 – 4 days. A callus will form which help prevents rot, and also stimulates root growth.
You will need a free draining potting mix for stem cuttings. A propriety propagating mix will do, however you can mix up some sharp sand with some potting soil if you wish.
- Plant the cuttings so the stem is at least 4cm into the mix and gently push down firmly
- Water in well with a liquid seaweed mix
- Keep in a light airy position, but avoid hot direct sun
- Do not water again until the soil dries out around the cuttings
- New grow will appear in a month or two, however some species are slower than others.