As I’ve been sorting my plants out for cooler weather, I thought I’d share an update with some of my succulent propagations that are dotted around my apartment. I seem to find leaves all over the place, and always still get a little excited when I spot roots or baby plants forming with absolutely no intervention on my part! Plants really are amazing.
If you haven’t yet tried propagating succulents, I’ve written a blog post with some tips if you want to have a read here first! I’ve definitely noticed a growing trend since writing that post of people selling leaves like this. If you have some plants around the house you can remove a few leaves from, I’d recommend starting to root them now and they could make some lovely presents for… that time of year (too early to mention it yet!)
Above are the leaves I have had the most success with, I just love those gorgeous pink roots! These are laid on some cacti compost and perlite near my south facing window, but are out of direct sunlight.
If at any stage the leaves begin to wrinkle, this means the plant is dehydrated. Don’t panic though – water therapy is your friend at this stage! Place in water (as you would with traditional water propagation) and allow the plant to rehydrate – it will continue rooting here, and you can then choose whether to leave the roots develop in water, or move back to perlite once dried off again.
(From my post on how to propagate succulents)
In the two photographs below, both succulents had started growing rosettes that were shrivelling up a bit, so I placed in water and they have plumped right back up and their roots are developing further in water. I’ll pot these up soon!
Below are my sedum burrito stems, two I rooted in water and two in a mix of cacti compost and perlite. Both pairs rooted well and took the same amount of time (I always like experimenting with things like this) As you can see, I’ve now rooted all four stems in the same pot to grow together into a little plant.
Above are my sedum morganianum stems that I have had some pretty good results with. All prop’s have rooted in water and as you can see below, I have recently potted two of the smaller stems together and laid some leaf propagations on the surface to root here .
The longer stem appears is rooting in water but also appears to be growing a plantlet from the base! I’m going to leave it a while longer and see what happens. I change the water weekly here.
Plant swap bundle
Below is a little update showing my plant swap from my previous post; I’ve placed the leaves on a tray and the cuttings and plantlets in a propagator with lid. Some of the plants below are: Calathea musaica ‘network’ / Echeveria agaviodes / Echeveria topsy turvy / Echeveria setosa / Stapelia variegata (grown from seed) / Orostachys iwarenge (Chinese dunce cap) / Agave colorata (grown from seed) / Pachyphytum compactum little jewel / Aloe bright star /
This rogue succulent below (think some type of echeveria) was looking very messy so decided to strip the stem and root the leaves instead. Here’s the first bit of progress with its rooting! One thing I will say is that propagating on this scale is great if you don’t have a lot of space. But a word of warning… it can get slightly addictive! But it’s a great way to share a previously unloved plant by giving it a new lease of life.
Hope you enjoyed seeing some succulent propagation updates, and that it has encouraged you to get propagating!
Thanks for reading,