This is not a fast process. Thanks for such a wonderful and detailed post! Thank you. i wish i had found your blogs sooner! I hope you will love your new hobby! Allowing cuttings to wilt reduces their ability to root. ~Kat. The ends of the cuttings seemed to be closed off and calloused, but I’m not sure if I still jumped the gun and planted and misted them too early. The Portulacaria afra is an elegant plant — what a great description! You can cut off the top of the succulent, or you can cut off a new offshoot. The easiest method that applies to the greatest number of succulent varieties is stem cutting propagation. This was about 2 weeks ago and they look ok so far. The vast majority of succulent varieties propagate well from stem cuttings. Let Callus, then Keep Moist. Thanks for the great question — I may do a blog post on water propagation. https://thesucculenteclectic.com///best-succulent-soil-what-succulents-need/, https://thesucculenteclectic.com///etiolated-succulent-growing-tall/, Stem cuttings – the vast majority of succulents can be propagated by stem cuttings. They are about 2 1/2 inches long. I bought rooting stimulant with fungicide, even though I know it is not needed for most plants. In time, it becomes a whole, new, self-sustaining plant. Should I pull them out of the soil for a few days and then replant to try and root? Are there any negatives on water propagation you can point out for me? If the weather was too cold for them, that could have done been what killed your cuttings. I had a severe Heart Attack the 18th of April 2018. That way, you could get support and feedback every step of the way. In time, you will see the leaves begin to plump up a bit more, and to look better. This may hinder drainage. If I put them under the same amount of artificial light as the other succulents cutting, will this make it harder for them to root? If so – that was the cold. Often after watering. You can start by pruning the stem or gently removing the leaves that you want to grow. Hello, one of my succulents is grown indoors and I was cleaning and i put my echeveria out in the porch. You will begin to see new roots in about four weeks or so. I really love my titanium coated trimming scissors, but any good, sharp pair works well.
If it comes right up, it has not yet rooted, and needs more time. ~Kat, Hi Kat, I bought some succulents and they were very stretched out however looked decently healthy. I suppose I should, to be better able to help people who go that route. Let’s say you overwatered your succulent or it is infected by pests. You are a star. I also found my Aerogarden works wonderfully using the seed starter top. Provide an inch space from the cut and the lower leaves. Water again after inserting the cuttings if the containers or frames are 3 or more inches in depth. var bannersnack_embed = {"hash":"bzt30khv0","width":600,"height":100,"t":1536638404,"userId":35420596,"responsive":true,"type":"html5"}; Also, take care with your cuttings to root the end that was lower on the plant when it was growing. There are 2 succulents that are especially great for learning stem cuttings on: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana and Portulacaria afra. I read from online sources and found out the most likely cause for this could be overwatering and rot. Again, I wonder about possibly way too much light, or way too little. What do I do with the bottom of the plant? You can usually tell by the way the leaves are oriented, which part of the stem should be pointed “down” in order to root. Hi Kat, I took a stem cutting from a branch from a, overgrown hen and chicken succulent. kat@thesucculenteclectic.com. I cut this crassula stem all the way down, making sure to have at least one leaf pair remaining. This sounds scary, but I promise — the plant will be just fine! Then gently lift the plant. Otherwise, I take a clean, sharp blade and slice between the main stem and the baby plant, taking care to retain the pup’s roots, if any have developed. When you insert a cutting into the dry soil, you need to covver at least 2 nodes to have a good chance of rooting. You are going to love succulents! This is the method we will focus on today. amzn_assoc_asins = "B00BHJO6BM,B01722MB5U";
. I think you will likely want to pop off some leaves to propagate as well as planting the stem cutting. Using the sharp pruning shears ( check these pruning shears on Amazon), cut your desired stem to propagate. If it slides right out, replace it and leave it for another 2 weeks. Placed in a sunny spot this last leaf pair will continue to grow. If the greatest need is for water, these cells form roots. Just be careful not to tear the leaves. I’ve just been given a lovely variety of potted succulents (young plants). I do have a question about propagating my rainbow elephant bush. ~Kat. I just want any extra help that does not hurt. Use room temperature water in a spray bottle to mist the cutting. It is very dreary in Cascadia this time of the year. I’ve noticed a few more leaves drop and look shriveled after a day in the pot. You will see a node, or uncover one by removing leaves from the stem: Do you see the 2 sets of nodes on this cutting? Simply cut the head off the echeveria (sounds drastic, I know! If making cuttings, use a clean pair of snips to cut branches off your overgrown or etoliated succulent. If a gentle pull on the cutting meets resistance – it has rooted. Hello Candice, There’s no succulent soil mix, etc. I also have heard about Honey and also Cinnamon. Not only do they require minimal sunlight and care, but you can also use the ones you already have to grow entirely new ones. Is it possible these will callous over and grow roots? Please snap a photo of your plant or cuttings and send it to me. I now have a off shoot coming from one of the leaves. I forgot to put her back indoors and it rained and her soil got very wet. If you already have a succulent cutting, skip to the next section, on planting the cutting. I set my cuttings on a flat of fast draining succulent soil, out of direct sun for a few days after cutting them. I read the article and decide to cut it back and grow new non-stretched roots. Thank you. To be sure, I’d love to get more information. As of yesterday, I noticed a few parts of the roots have turned brown (so I went ahead to cut those brown, shriveled, unhealthy looking roots away), and in one of the branches of stem, the stem turned soft and mushy in the middle and couldn’t hold the plant (it breaks off after I held the plant straight up to inspect the roots, so I cut back the stems to remove the mushy parts for both the original body and the stem that broke off). Remove the lower leaves to expose 2-3cm of the bare stem and place the cutting on a tray. Set aside leaves you remove for leaf propagation! Hi Leah, it has grown about an inch but hasn’t gotten any bigger than that. So still give them good, abundant light from the grow lights, just not quite as much as for a well-rooted, actively growing plant. Once you have inserted them into the dry soil, return them to a spot out of direct sun, but that does get indirect light. Now the plant still looks ok. We do struggle with our succulents in pots here in the Cape (South Africa) as we usually have very wet winters and our plants just get too much water. I am Lucky to be alive. ~Kat. I have only planted one. Certainly the water (always filtered) pools atop the compost before disappearing downwards, so to speak. I understand this is because they are winter growers. Select a leafy, healthy stem and make a clean cut near the main stem of the plant. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; Stem cutting propagation makes use of this natural ability that plants have. Thanks for your info. I also put 5-6 in water in the same window. Space cuttings just far enough apart to allow all leaves to receive sunlight. Hi Carole, Hi! ~Kat. I would not pack it so hard – I think the support will do a better job for you and your succulents. Because the cutting has no roots, it's harder for it to absorb water. With a single stem, this is easy to determine. Your echeveria pups will be simple to root. Then you inserted them into the soil, and left them dry for 2 more weeks. Where you cut the top of the plant off and re-root it? The mother plant is unlikely to suffer if you follow the instructions below, making this a low-cost experiment. As long as the succulent soil is dry, when you put cuttings into it and leave it dry, the stems will callous. I would use your grow lights, but either keep the rooting cuttings at a bit of a distance or give them a bit longer nightly rest from it. The Aeonium Simsii is a beauty! Thanks again, Regards, Christine. Even if you did not follow the steps below to remove the cutting, most succulents still have a relatively high chance of propagating. A few more days later, I found more yellow and mushy leaves in the morning. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; A portion of the bottom stem was also brown and seems to be shriveling. Stem cuttings are the most common method used to multiply succulent species. This is a sign that they have begun to root, and the roots are able to take up water! With so much rain, especially in the summer, I would definitely lean toward a higher amount of the inorganic material. Give it another week or so, then mist the soil well every 1-2 weeks. I will be happy to take a look and give you some pointers on how to work with any remaining healthy plant material in order to propagate it! The best success was in water. The more the dryness of your weather the more frequent watering you may apply. Yes, I use about 1 aspirin in 1 quart to a half gallon of water. trust me. Is this a signal that my Echeveria can no longer be saved? Even my knowledge of outdoor succulents does not always carry over. ~Kat. Would this be like planting as if it were a stem cutting? right at the soil line. Once the temperature is around 75 degree as a high, you can then remove those pups. Avoid direct sun. This technique is helpful for rooting leafy cuttings; however, succulent plants are usually not placed under mist. Hi Andrea, I have been water propagating for about six months now and I find it to be super fast and easy. If the plant needs to collect sunlight to change it into nutrients, these cells form leaves. Since you are having such success — continue on! 3 of them died, sad. Resume normal watering as you do for a mature full-grown succulent. If there are leaves at the very bottom of your cuttings, break the leaves off (to prevent rotting), and bury the cuttings’ stems into your prepared soil. Thanks! Be sure to set aside any loose leaves to do leaf propagation with them. amzn_assoc_asins = "B071Z49TMM,B06XPGWXMS,B0030UQLIM,B07HT4HW9C,B00ILTPWDC,B07JNFWTJG"; Be sure to use clean, sharp pruners to take your cuttings. Like any plants, water less in the cooler, darker months. What a fright that must have been! Give it another couple of days then water and let drain. The grow lights can certainly help to keep them warm, but don’t give too much light before they root. I have saved many leaves to propagate them and can’t wait to see what happens! ~Kat. Don’t water until a gentle tug meets resistance, meaning it has roots. Hi Kate, I think my succulents are very happy. One of the great things about growing succulents is that its typically very easy to propagate them. Photos en route shortly…. Is that true and if so, do they draw bugs to the plant. If you have a columnar cactus, you will want to cut the stuff a few inches from the top. It really has been helpful! Propagating succulents from stem cuttings is one of the best options because your plant will grow much faster compared to leaf propagation. I’ve tried less sun, more sun, ditto water, but can’t stop it happening. I had them for a week. Her plants – especially the ones in pots against a wall really battle as they have the blazing afternoon sun. The plant and it’s original roots! I put my succulent cuttings into dry soil, and wait until roots form before giving them any water. This will reduce the richness of the mix (so more nutritionally lean, as you so fetchingly put it) , and the grit will add stability. Thank you for providing us with some much valuable information. So – now that you know all about propagating succulents from stem cuttings, what plant will you start with first? amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart";
I let it dry a few days than plant it in the soil, mist 1 or 2 times a week. Once you can plant in good succulent soil, watering and keeping your succulents healthy will be much easier. I put them straight into succulent soil as soon as I cut them, then wait a week or so before the first watering. Leaving the plant out of the pot for a few days — even out of the soil — can rescue an overwatered plant before it rots. It should be in a great draining, succulent soil that is nutritionally lean. Thanks so much for reading! The rooting hormone will still work just fine with a calloused cutting — no need to worry there. I bought succulent cuttings online. It is a Beautiful and amazingly fast growing Aeonium Simsii. With succulents, that fallen branch will often sprout roots from its meristem tissues that reach into the soil, providing moisture for the remaining leaves. Depending on your temps, once a week should do it. Hi Mary, If your tap water is heavily chlorinated, or if your cuttings develop rot, try using distilled water. Feel free to write in with any questions! Consider getting one of these plants specifically to learn about stem cuttings with. Please email e at kat@thesucculenteclectic.com. Together we will get your plants healthy and happy for you! Misting might actually be the worst way to water a succulent. The healthy leaves will continue to provide the cutting with moisture and nutrients while it begins rooting. So glad you’re finding useful information. unlocking this expert answer. Yes, I would expect your stems to have a chance to sprout roots for you. It helps to prevent unnecessary stress for the cutting and to prevent the introduction of bacteria. So 2 sets of nodes will give you at least 4 rooting points (assuming each set has a node on each side of the stem, which is how this portulacaria grows). I’m worried about leaving them in their pots. Keep the rooted base of the plant! I have only rooted a few before, this past summer. Then you misted the soil well. This branch can be cut down into several stem cuttings. You will also find some terrific bargains online if you are willing to receive cuttings rather than rooted plants. I do have a question. Sounds like you have a great project to work on! I hope you are eager to get started. An interesting issue, however, is that (as you will see from the photos I will email after this) I often find that a repotted plant is unstable in loose compost and so I end up packing it in very tightly. Hi! Therefore misting the surface soil once the soil approaching dryness is what it needs. It is brown, hard ish stem. Stem cuttings – the vast majority of succulents can be propagated by stem cuttings; Leaf – most succulents can be propagated from just a single leaf; Division – some succulents can be propagated through division; These propagation methods apply to all plants, not just succulents. You can grow your collection for free, just by taking advantage of the natural abilities the succulents have devised for their own reproduction and survival. I had encountered something similar with my jade plant before, which I just left it out the soil to dry further without cutting any parts away, and my jade plants eventually died. Also I have a cutting of a lime green succulent, it’s kind of medium size variety with thin-ish leaves and loose rose shape head. I just thought of important question, but not for you. I recently received seven healthy cuttings in the mail...potted them in well drained succulent soil in clay pots. I have always just fumbled around – having success sometimes and sometimes not. Which combinations of soil components would be good for me to use? Unless you are also taking a stem cutting, skip ahead to the section on planting your cutting. When you are propagating succulents indoors, leave them to air dry for 3-4 days to callous over. Thanks so much for your time. But you can also propagate Echeveria by individual leaves. Propagation is an affordable, easy way to multiply your succulent collection or re-use decorative cuttings after an event. However just after a few days, before I could repot them, I found my Echeveria leaves turning mushy and yellow. Let the leaf or cutting dry off. I would pull the arrangement apart, and cut everything back as far as you need to. A mushy feel is usually a sign of rot. While you are waiting, only mist the soil when it is dry. It will likely grow new, compact growth for you. If the soil is still wet, remove the soil from the roots. Can you tell me how to propagate these? I will follow your instructions to the letter regarding the Echeveria pups (sadly I don’t know the variety) when the weather becomes a tad more clement. var bannersnack_embed = {"hash":"bx907ayfc","width":600,"height":100,"t":1585521556,"userId":35420596,"responsive":true,"type":"html5"}; Crassula ovata is another variety that does very well with stem cuttings. var bannersnack_embed = {"hash":"bc5svf5ko","width":600,"height":100,"t":1533000663,"userId":35420596,"responsive":true,"type":"html5"}; Propagating succulents by stem cuttings can be done successfully much of the year. However, if you are concerned about your mycorrhizae, (I cannot give an educated answer to that) you might want to try a more natural approach to boosting your cuttings success. Now that I know exactly how it’s done, it will be a great help. Remove the soil, and rinse off the roots if necessary. I started my own business, ‘Garden Coach Solutions.’ A recently added part of the business is growing & selling 2″ succulents & other specialty plants. Identifying Types of Succulents – with Pictures, Recognizing & Understanding Signs of Succulent Problems, some vendors sell succulent cuttings for much less than fully rooted plants, succulents can be propagated through division, This is a sign the succulent plant needs water, excellent vendors who do offer succulent cuttings, How Much Light do Succulents Need? Wait til the soil dries between light applications of water. I as working in my garden where there has never been a sign of Cactus or Succulent of any sort. Great post and site. Plants have a strict sense of up from down, and it is important to root the cutting from the point that was lower than the end that will retain its leaves. ~Kat. Such an elegant succulent. amzn_assoc_linkid = "84f903c25cadeb1707d6fbcab53c3acc";
Meristem cells in plants are somewhat similar to stem cells in animals. The easiest method that applies to the greatest number of succulent varieties is stem cutting propagation. I beheaded an Echeveria and the remnant stem – kept in its potting mix, placed under a grow light and watered as usual – has pups growing off it. Let’s see if we can figure out what the trouble is. Hi Judy, I find the portulacaria to be about the easiest succulent to root from cuttings. Continue to care for the rooted bases – they should develop new top growth. How amazingly informative they are. You want FAST-draining soil at all times, but especially when the weather is hot. I watered them once and have them under grow lights. And they are perfect for demonstrating stem cutting propagation! So this time I decided to cut the suspected rotted parts away. What is the best location to root winter growers. I wonder if they might have caused their death. There is something fairly magical about some of the stem tissues of succulent plants. Essentially any succulent that is formed by a stem with leaves can be reliably propagated this way. This is the … So pleased to find someone else who loves Portulacaria afra. Practically none … But then they do seem to recover. Question #2 – I was recently given a large amount of Aeonium cuttings. Place the calloused cuttings on the soil medium and keep misting several times for a few days. Mine seem to stretch out tall and skinny, I have them in a West window, lots of afternoon sunshine. This commission is at absolutely no cost to you. (Do not use beach sand or fine sand). For my FREE course, 7 Steps to Succulent Success, please subscribe! Hi Christine, Take cuttings 10 – 15 cm long, depending on the size of the mother plant, with 3 – 4 nodes. Thanks so much for your kind words and your questions! This is one of my all-time favorite plants! It is SO lightweight, it will often “float” up through the soil, and soon will sit on top of the rest of the soil. Taking the plant out of the pot is a great first step. The cooling action of mist arises from the cooling effect of evaporation of water from the leaf surface. Misting gives the plant water to soak up through its leaves. uses for succulent cuttings, and some vendors sell succulent cuttings for much less than fully rooted plants. Thanks so much, Hi! Willow bark contains salicylic acid which stimulates rooting in plant cuttings. Remember – you’ll use v-e-r-y little water with your succulent cuttings at first. Succulent cuttings are often used in temporary arrangements, but they can also re-grow into rooted, long-lasting plants. This seemed to be a mistake. It can help them to grow bigger and better. If it resists you, then it is time to water, lightly. Would I leave it to dry for a few days before sticking the stem into soil? amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; (There are still many that need to be trimmed way back.) But it works!) amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; I did a few stem cuttings of my Jade plant. The instruction on this and the rest state, ‘take cutting, dip or put in water, then putting in stimulant before planting in soil.’ Now, I am starting to question, “Will it work on a plant that have calloused?” Does it have to be a fresh cut? Thanks! Okay, so you heard that succulents are versatile and have … How soon the rooting occurs will vary depending upon the type of succulent, the conditions it is in – even the time of year. var bannersnack_embed = {"hash":"bc98gl88h","width":600,"height":100,"t":1585520904,"userId":35420596,"responsive":true,"type":"html5"}; After 2-3 days, go ahead and insert the root end of your stem cuttings into the dry succulent soil. P.S. Thanks so much for reading! That will give you built-in opportunity to try your hand at stem cuttings. Thanks so much for writing! You will find many (many!) Is it ok to leave my Echeveria stem cutting out for another 2-3 days before I stick it into the new succulent soil? A typical misting frequency during sticking (Stage 1) and callusing (Stage 2) of vegetative cutting propagation is to initially mist for 5–8 seconds every 5–10 minutes over 24-hour period. Yay! Any advice appreciated. ... Cover the seeds in a layer of soil and mist daily to moisten just the top of the earth. i live in durban south africa, where we do not get many products adapted for succulents. However they were wet when they came and as I live in a moist area I’m having trouble drying them out and I can see some of them are not happy already and will probably soon rot. Be sure to take a good look at your cuttings each time. Once the succulent becomes established in the potting medium. Using pruning shears or hand-plucking methods are not recommended, as they may cause crushed or jagged tears that the leaf cannot properly heal from. Did they become soft, squishy and mushy? I do like to fertilize my succulents, but I doubt that is your issue. After three to four days, reduce mist to 3–5 seconds every 10–20 minutes during the day, and less frequently at night. I cut some of the stem into 2-3 inch pieces and placed them on top of some loose soil. Most plant need some amount of artificial lights. Durban is sub tropical and we have LOTS of rain during summer. amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual";
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