Baby Succulents??!

I sort of slowly grew into loving plants. I would be shopping for groceries and happen to walk through their garden section. If you’re anything like me then you would’ve found succulents through the same method.  Succulents are a very trendy category of plants that have been on the rise for the last couple of years.  You’ll see them at trendy restaurants, on Instagram and Pinterest, and usually in their own little section at stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and various plant nurseries.

What is a succulent?  A succulent is a plant that is natively found in extreme climates and soil.  They make do with these rough circumstances by storing water in their thick and fleshy leaves and stems.

Some of the more popular varieties are: Jade, Aloe, Echeveria, Sedum, Hawthoria, and Kalanchoe.

A couple of months into my succulent journey, I was told that I could grow my own succulent baby plants. I was like, “say what?!!! No way!!”

It’s true!  You can take a leaf from most succulents and with the right environment (and a little big of luck thrown in for good measure) end up with a new baby plant!

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Step 1: Pick out a succulent leaf from a succulent that you’d like to propagate. The best leaves are ones that look healthy, aren’t at the very top of the plant, and are capable of being broken off cleanly from the stem.

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Step 2: Place the leaf somewhere and leave it be for a couple of days.  This allows the tip of the leaf to callous over. The callous prevents the leaf from rotting in the later steps when you need to dampen the soil in order to help the new baby plant grow roots and leaves of its own.

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Step 3: Place the calloused leaf on top of soil. Don’t burry it in the soil or stick it half in and half out of the soil.  Just simply lay it down vertically directly onto the soil.

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Step 4: Mist the soil once a day or once every other day (depending on the humidity inside of your home (or wherever you are keeping your container).  Although succulents don’t normally like daily misting, while they are propagating they need water for the roots and new rosettes to form properly.

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Step 5: Set your pot of soil and leaves (assuming you try this with more than one leaf) in some place that will receive bright indirect light.  New succulent plants cannot tolerate direct light at first.  So start out somewhere where your leaves won’t get hit by a bright beam of sunshine.  Once they’ve started developing rosettes and roots you can slowly acclimate them to sunshine by putting them in light for only an hour or two of sunlight.  Gradually over the span of a couple weeks you can slowly let them have more hours of sunlight per day. But don’t worry about that at first.  Bright indirect light is perfect.

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Step 6: Once your leaves start to wither up, you can gently pull up the leaf and replant it in its own pot.

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Step 7: Have fun! 🙂 With enough patience, care, and luck, you’ll soon have your own beautiful set of baby succulents to enjoy and share with your friends (if you can manage to part with any of your new babies).

~ Lilibet

 

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My Garden (originally posted on separate blog)

Welcome to my garden! My name is Lilibet and I’m excited to show you around.

I began gardening almost 4 years ago when I was in college.  I lived in a dorm, but that didn’t stop me! I quickly learned that you can garden almost anywhere as long as you have the right tools and some creativity.

Here are some photos of my first plant babies. ^_^

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A lysimachia plant
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A dieffenbachia plant
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An aloe plant
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A pothos plant from my friend, Amal

I also had a tiny ivy (not pictured) and a small lucky bamboo plant (not pictured).  They made my dorm room so much happier and helped me get through college.

Then I moved,  down south, to an entirely new planting zone (7-8).  I left Indiana (6) and Illinois (5-6) for the much warmer weather of Georgia. I also adopted a cat.  Which meant I had to keep my plants safe from my cat (or vice versa).

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My cat, Rory, when he was ~3 months old

There was this beautiful tree out by the entrance to our apartment (did I mention I also love trees?!)

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Beautiful tree

I didn’t take many photos (if any?!) of my plants at my first apartment, but once I moved again, I had gotten to the point where I had over 25 plants.

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My plant “section” in our bedroom, safe from the cat

I even bought a cute little tree wall hanging to put behind it.  It felt like my own little piece of heaven.  I had spider plant, pothos, lucky bamboo, aloe, peperomia, calanchoe, etc.

I even grew this beauty in honor of my Grandma (still alive). She always had bleeding hearts in her garden when I was little, and it stuck out to me.

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Bleeding heart plant

I moved some of my plants out on the apartment balcony whenever the weather was warm enough.  Sometimes Rory would come out and help me garden.

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Balcony plants
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Rory helping mommy garden

Then I went and rescued another cat, haha, ooooooops!!

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My second baby, Jade. :3

And then I discovered succulents. :O  And succulent leaf propagation (which is AMAZING).  And I was even more plant ‘hooked’.

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Sunbathing succulents
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Current succulent leaf propagation project

Inbetween caring for my cats, plants, and my relationship with my fiancé, I also found time to photograph local trees, flowers, and nature whenever I was out and about. And when Halloween rolled around, I did a butterfly themed ‘Trunk or Treat’.

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My butterfly themed ‘Trunk or Treat’
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A beautiful spider web I found while dog sitting
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Mushrooms in front of the post office
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Sophie sitting by a beautiful flowering tree

A friend recommended I check out a local plant nursery. I spent the first fifteen minutes walking around the nursery with my jaw dropped.  It was the most beautiful store I had ever seen!  I started working there a couple months later.

I did a count two months ago and I had over 100 indoor houseplants.

I’m going to do another count in the next week or two and update you because I’ve bought at least 30+ plants since that count. My fiancé tells me our bedroom looks like a jungle. I think it looks like heaven.  🙂

This blog (and the corresponding YouTube channel) will share all sorts of plant related things – general info, my personal plant projects, tutorials, horticulture info (as I study for my GA Plant Professional license), my plant failures (yes, I do lose plants), and everything else you can think of.  I hope you’ll come join me and have fun with me as we get our hands dirty and learn how to keep things alive.

Yours truly,
Lilibet

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