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Propagating Succulents from Leaves




Succulents purify the air and improve humidity levels, which make them a great option for house plants. Once you’ve started your succulent collection, you can easily increase it by propagating new plants from the leaves of old ones. Follow the simple steps below to increase your garden or grow plants to share with friends!

Greenprint courtesy of NCNLA member, New Garden Landscaping & Nursery.


Select your succulent. It should be healthy and actively growing.


Gently twist off a healthy, mature leaf, making sure it detaches cleanly from the stem at the joint and does not tear.


Lay your leaf or leaves on a dry paper towel in a bright area that’s out of direct sun.


Wait several days or a week until the end that was attached to the stem is dry and has scabbed over.


Prepare your soil: Mix 2 parts potting soil, 1 part perlite and 1 part coarse sand or fine chicken grit or turface (soil conditioner) in a bucket or bowl. Do not use playground sand or beach sand.


Fill a clean pot with your prepared soil and water thoroughly. Let drain completely.


Lay your callused leaves on the surface of the soil. You can put several in a pot.


Place in a bright area out of direct sun.


Let the soil dry out a bit before spritzing the soil again. Spritz soil lightly whenever it is completely dry.


In a few weeks you should see tiny roots and leaves forming on the cut end of the leaf.


The roots should begin to grow into the soil – if they don’t, you can push a small amount of soil over them.


As roots grow you can increase the amount of sunlight they get.


As the new baby plant grows, the leaf will shrivel and wither off. At this point you can gently lift the cuttings and plant in their own pots. You can also begin to use a suitable fertilizer.


The easiest succulents to propagate this way are those with “puffy” leaves, where the leaf pops off easily. These types of succulents include:

  • Sedums (burro’s tail, jellybean sedum)
  • Echeverias
  • Crassulas (jade plant)
  • Graptopetalums
  • Kalanchoe

Congratulations! You did it! Sit back and enjoy your new lawn addition!

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