- You can also propagate your succulents using soil instead of water. We’ll soon post that!
Overwatering. It happens to countless plant parents, it’s happened to us. If your succulent looks like it might be dying, don’t be too upset: there is a way to turn it into the mother of lots of little plant babies and let it live on through its offspring.
What you need
- the succulent plant you want to propagate
- chopsticks, ice spoon, fork, pincers, basically everything you can find in your cutlery or bathroom drawer
- glass container and rubber bands
- cling wrap
- Potting mix for cacti and succulents
- small oil/vinegar dispenser filled with water or a multipurpose bottler with a bent nose
- litte planters and saucers
Propagate Succulents in Water: Step-by-Step
Cut off the healthy looking leaves – right at the edge of the plant’s stem, or even individually. Let them dry out for at least three days.
Prepare the water containers
Fill a few jars with water, cover them with a cling wrap and secure it with rubberbands.
Cut little holes into the cling film and insert the leaves so that they touch water. Make sure the holes are not too big – the leaves should sit in a stable position and not fall through.
Be patient and wait for two weeks before you see the first roots appear at the bottom of the leaf or stem.
After four weeks, you will see that the roots have grown to a considerable lenght. AND: you will notice little baby leaves growing! The mother leaf from which you started might die, whereas these baby leaves will grow into the new plant.
Preparing the pots
Time to get out a few small planters and saucers! Fill the bottom of your pots with pebbles. Add the potting mix on top. Remove any weak-looking leaves from the stem and plant the fresh ones with the roots into the soil.
Keep the soil humid by watering it gently with the oil dispenser. Watch out not to overwater! If the soil is still moist two centimeters below the surface, there’s no need to water.
Watch your babies grow and be proud – now you can really call yourself a plant parent!