How to grow succulents: Two techniques to propagate your own succulents

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Grow succulent from cutting
Break away small offshoots or sections and plant

I have a confession to make, I’ve become a crazy plant lady.

My home is filled with indoor plants including dozens of succulents that I’m growing myself. It wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t know how to grow succulents though and when I found out… well, it changed my life.

So here’s hoping this article showing two techniques on how to grow succulents does the same for you!

Growing succulents

How to grow succulents from leaves

This technique is super simple and allows you to grow loads succulents at once but it does take a tad longer for them to grow than from cuttings.

Simply pick individual leaves from an established succulent and place these into dirt. I only place the tip of the leaf into soil and water about once a week.

You’ll see in the image above how within a a few weeks, tiny growth starts on the end of the leaf. Within a few more weeks, a small succulent plant has established.

Keep the leaf in the dirt and allow the new succulent to grow (I just removed it for the photos). Eventually the large original leaf will die and shrivel away and you’ll be left with a beautiful new succulent plant.

Tips:

– it’s important to take care when collecting the leaves, ensuring you get the full leaf and not just a section of it. The growth of the new succulent happens at the very tip of the leaf where it was attached

– it’s normal for many of these leaves not to establish into new plants so be sure to plant lots of leaves to increase your chances

– keep the planted leaves in an area that gets a few hours of direct sunlight a day (but not all day) and only water once a week.

How to grow succulents from cuttings

A quicker way to growing succulents is by breaking away a small offshoot like the one pictured below and planting this directly into soil. Or, if the succulent is more ‘tree-like’ such as the Coral succulent, you could break away a small branch and place this directly into soil.

Leave the cutting in soil and water sparingly. Within a few weeks, it will establish roots and continue to grow.

I’ve successfully used this technique to grow String of Pearls, Coral succulent, Jade plant and Echeverias, just to name a few.

Tips:

– sometimes I will add a drop of honey to the tip of the stem before I plant it into soil to encourage root growth

– ensure pot has good drainage and do not overwater or you will drown the plant. Only water once a week or when soil feels dry and light

How to grow succulents
Break away small offshoots or sections and plant

I hope you’ve been inspired to grow succulents of your own!

You may like to also check out this article about the Top 12 reasons you’re killing your plants for more tips on how to keep your new succulents alive.

We’ve also got 9 inspiring ways to display plants here where you’ll be sure to find new ideas!

Do you have other tips on how to care for succulents? Share them in the comments below or tell us your favourite plant to grow!

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Gina is the Editor of STYLE CURATOR, an award winning Australian blog about the pursuit of a stylish home. She is passionate about sharing her love of design, architecture, decorating and homewares. Having recently finished the build of her dream home, she's now tackling the never ending job of styling it. When she's not blogging or working with interior styling clients, you'll find her running after her 1 year-old son Patrick or getting her hands messy in a creative project.

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  1. I love this post! I’m currently in the process of growing succulents from leaves and this morning I saw a small growth on one leaf. I cannot describe how happy I was… I hope a few others will grow succulents too cause I have a big bunch of leaves in the soil right now. 🙂

    • Thanks lovelies! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write this post (I’ve been meaning to write it for over a year!) but I’m on a mission to share loads of plant inspo over the coming weeks because it’s my current obsession and I know I’m not alone 🙂

      How rewarding is it to see your plants grow?! I love it! What type of succulents are you growing?

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