Propagating Succulents from Leaves is the best way to multiply these desert plants. It’s easy and can be done in a few simple steps.
Propagating Succulents from Leaves is the best way to multiply these plants, this way you can have as many succulents as you want, as the process is a breeze!
The word succulent is derived from the Latin word ‘Sucus,’ which means sap or juice. As their leaves act as water storage for the plant, they can go on for long-duration without water and also require almost no maintenance.
Points to Keep in Mind While Propagating Succulents from Leaves
- Selection Of Leaves–Select leaves that are healthy, full and plump. Avoid leaves that are marked, torn or discolored. Remember, successful propagation depends upon the health of leaves.
- Pick Bottom Leaves–When succulents don’t get proper light, they grow leggy and become taller. Cut bottom leaves that are fully plump and properly grown, leaving the smaller ones on top.
- Remove Leaf–The most crucial part of the whole process is slicing off a leaf. You can cut it off using scissors. Take a healthy leaf, hold it gently, and snip it cleanly with its base. Partially damaged or torn leaves are not useful in propagation and could die in the absence of a base that attaches them to a stem.
- Healing Process–After cutting the leaves, lay them down on a dry paper or towel, in indirect sunlight. They must get dry and heal properly. If you propagate directly after snipping off the leaf in the soil, the plant will rot before growing into a new plant. However, this is not entirely true, when you’re propagating succulents from leaves in a hot climate. In such a climate, you can even skip this healing part.
- Rooting Process–Take a damp piece of cloth or towel and wipe the ends of the leaf to moisten it. Now dip the moist ends in a rooting hormone. You can also use honey as a natural rooting hormone substitute. After that make holes in the potting soil and insert the cutting ends instantly into them, packing it up around the holes. Rooting hormone is not necessary for the plantation of succulents, but using it can result in better and sooner growth.
- Soil and Planting–Take a container and fill it up with potting soil. (You can prepare it by mixing sand, perlite, and potting soil) Lay the leaves on top of the soil with the ends facing up, away from the soil.
- Feeding– The succulents belong to the desert region and thrive well in full sun. But when you are propagating them through leaf-cutting for indoors, keep the container in indirect or partial sunlight, until they develop a root system and become a plant.
- Mist Regularly–You don’t have to water a fully grown succulent on a daily basis. But for a new plant, it is necessary to keep the soil moist and never let it dry. It will be better to mist the soil by using a spray bottle and avoid watering in any other way, as it can rot the developing plant.
- Growth of leaves–After 4 weeks, you will notice that roots will begin to grow from the cutting’s ends. Sprinkle some soil over the emerging roots to save them from drying. When the developing plant starts to grow new leaves, you can transfer it into a new pot.