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