Spring = Succulents are BACK! Back when we were in California, succulents were along every sidewalk, growing beautifully and semi-naturally. I was instantly hooked –
How do I carry on with this succulent obsession in the Midwest, and how do we maintain this when moving to Southern Alaska? By loading up our window sills and every nook of the house that gets light, of course!
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Here’s a fun fact for those new to succulents: pluck a leaf/flower, place it on soil, and it’ll grow a whole NEW succulent! With other plants, it’s a fusion of soaking, planting, and praying that it will root. Succulents take out all three of these steps!
The best part: succulents are sold for a few dollars at most greenhouses/garden stores. Want to support small business? Buy your succulents from our gal pal, Millie, on Etsy. She gives you the option to start from clippings for full plants –
Let’s further dive into the process of Succulent Propagation:
When first researching this for our project, we found the best advice via Needles and Leaves here.
S T A R T
To start, pluck off the lower leaves first. Work your way up the plant and end by plucking the flowering center.
NOTE: pluck from the base, and make sure the entire leaf is intact. If not, this particular piece will die.
Next, we plant, right? WRONG! Let them completely dry out – allow the ends to develop a callous. Moisture will cause the leaflings to die (imagine that). Be patient; this could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
NOTE: Most prefer to place all of the leaflings into a large pot to develop together. I have tried this both ways, and have seen no major difference in the overall quality of the growth. You decide what is best!
Once the ends are COMPLETELY dry, place them atop dry cactus soil. Water the leaves very rarely – remembering the rotting rule! Overwatering is the leading cause of succulent deaths; don’t be a succulent killer!
After a few weeks, you will begin to see small flowers/roots form.
Continue this until the original succulent leaf begins to dry out. Carefully remove the baby succulent and place in its own planter (yay).
Most importantly: choose a beautiful planter for your new creation! We recommend these concrete and gold planters by UC Design on Etsy.
I N C O N C L U S I O N
Yes, this is a lot shorter of a post than usual! This is a great example of how simple it is to take care and propagate succulents – easier than culinary herbs! We’d LOVE to see your creations – tag us on Instagram, or in the comments below!
Thanks for the read, and stay tuned for future posts featuring DIY skincare, easy gardening, and plastic reuse!