Propagating Succulents

Propagating succulents is a magical experience. Ok well it’s not and it’s got a scientific explanation but once you see it happen, you will have to restrain yourself from hacking your succulents apart continuously to multiple them. Then you will become a crazy succulent lady which quite frankly I think is far more economical than a crazy cat lady.

Propagating Succulents

Those of you who follow the blog and/or my Pinterest will know about my new found love of succulents. Back in March I posted Succulents for Beginners which much to my delight, was a hit!

My Original Plants

Propagating Succulents

If only my succulents were as successful as the blog post. Yes. RIP, my flower babies, I hardly knew ye! As you know, I was home in Ireland for an extended stay and I entrusted my my dear sweet (soon-to-be ex) husband with the care of my succulents. Bless his heart, he clearly didn’t read my blog post! Those bad boys died a serious death. Some were scorched, some drowned, others I assume died ofΒ  broken hearts. In fairness I only gave husfriend a watering timeline and little instruction. I just assumed their location was fine and casually forgot to consider that the sun’s position coming through my skylight would change in six weeks. Oops! He redeemed himself though by buying me a beautiful Pachyveria and a prickly but cute, climbing Aloe.

Propagating Succulents(5)

Propagating Succulents(4)

Of course that couldn’t be the end of the story. As I was shooting photos for this post I went out to the back porch where my Aloe was sunning itself and I found my brazen-faced Labradoodle out there munching its roots! Soil everywhere and a mouth full of roots, that Dood RAN, fast. Watch this space for a post on the fate of my Aloe which I semi-saved and re-potted.


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Propagating Succulents

Propagating my succulents wasn’t on my agenda just yet but alas, it’s time. I sadly disposed of my shriveled leaves and trimmed what healthy stems remained. Placing the cuttings aside, I removed any healthy leaves I could salvage by carefully wiggling them away from the stem. My biggest loss was my Eceheveria ‘Pearl von Nurnberg’ which saddened me as it was so beautiful! Once you have all stems and leaves that you want to propagate, you will need to leave them to dry away from bright light for a few days to a week. After they are dried and have calloused you can place them in a shallow dish or tray that has a layer of well draining soil (mixed with sand and small pebbles). Dampen the soil but do not drown it. Watch the magic happen! Within a week you should see tiny succulents budding from the parent leaf/stem. The parent leaf will loosen after a while and it can be easily removed. This is when you can plant your brand new succulents!

Succulent Propagation

Propagating Succulents

Propagating Succulents

It is said that when life hands you lemons you should make lemonade. When life hands you a husband who can’t keep your succulents alive, propagate more!

P.S. No husbands were harmed during the writing of this post πŸ˜‰

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  1. ” I found my brazen-faced Labradoodle out there munching its roots! Soil everywhere and a mouth full of roots, that Dood RAN, fast.” Amy, I nearly spit my coffee out. Brazen-faced is the perfect phrase for when pets are getting into trouble. Surprisingly, my kitty has no interest in my succulents.

    – Hannah,

  2. Our cat always eats ours. And if the cat doesn’t eat them, my wife drowns them. I finally got her own from Trader Joes and I said, “Don’t Touch it! If you think it needs water, don’t water it.” We haven’t given it water in 6 months, and it’s thriving. haha!

  3. I am so obsessed with succulents. MY apartment is tiny in NYC so these are the perfect plants to put in it to brighten things up without taking up much room πŸ™‚

  4. I don’t have any succulents, but I have been thinking about getting some. So far I have been pretty good at keeping my orchids alive and so I think I can manage succculents too πŸ˜€

  5. Haha this was a funny post to read and very interesting ! This is a very handy post with close pictures, very well made ! I love the Labradoodus Naughtius Haha

  6. Thanks for sharing your passion for plants! I didn’t know you can propagate succulents like that! And I love the exceptional specie of Labradoor too! ;P

  7. Haha! I would have been so mad if I came home and my plants were dead. Most likely it would have been me who would have killed them though! Good ideas and now I know not to put them where a dog can get them!

  8. Succulents are actually lovely. I do have some plants at home and aloe vera is one. I don’t have much idea about gardening and plants but I love keeping indoor plants at home.

  9. Succulents are beautiful and easy to maintain. I have few of them on my balcony as well as living room. It gives positive aura everywhere!

  10. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Nice work propagating. Once, my husband put our plant in the cupboard and I was sooooooo upset. Like who thinks it’s okay to put in things in cupboards? Only Harry Potters guardians and husbands.

    I hope all your plants make it.

  11. I have such a brown thumb but these are lovely! It makes me want to try it but even keeping an original plant alive is somewhat beyond me. However, I like the look of this Labradoodus Naughtius plant! πŸ˜›

  12. Husbands don’t always follow directions well, do they? Ha Ha. I know mine doesn’t. Glad you were able to salvage some of your babies. I love your dog – even if he was being naughty!

  13. Haha! Too funny! It our house it would be the other way around! I would kill the plants! I love having them around but haven’t seemed to inherit my dads or my grandfathers green thumbs.

  14. I just bought 3 varieties for my teacher’s gifts this year and I made sure to take a few leaves off of them to propagate for future use. I love this article on how to do it!

    Thank you for linking up on Nest Builders Link Up, I hope you will join us next week too.

  15. Such a naughty labradoodle! His “what? Me?” face cracks me up.
    Glad you were able to save some. Crazy that you can propagate new succulents that way! I’ve killed more Hens and chicks then I can count lately. Going out to see if I can grow some new one’s right now!

  16. Just now reading this and I couldn’t help but laugh. My method of propagation was to cut off a pice of succulent and cram it into a pot with soil and WALA . I have to try the proper way now

  17. I would love to see a picture of the Perle von Nurnberg actually growing from this. Also, I have an Echeveria that has a long stem growing out of the top and some small minis of itself underneath and ….what do I do!?! Help!

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