In our last entry, we showed you how to propagate succulents in water. That’s a fairly common method. Here, we’ll demonstrate how to do the same thing – just using potting mix instead! The advantage of water propagation is that it’s a really transparent process. Pun intended. You can see the roots grow. On the other hand, if you use soil, you won’t be wasting plastic (clingfilm), you can test whether your succulents like your potting mix, and you can still see whether it works. Take a look at our step-by-step DIY to find out how!
What you need
- healthy succulents to take cuttings from
- spoon, fork, pincers – basically everything you can find in your cutlery or bathroom drawer
- a sieve with large holes
- plenty of little pots
- potting mix for succulents
- small pebbles
- small bottle filled with water (Yes! You’ll need that not to overwater!)
How to propagate succulents in soil: Step-by-Step
Cut off the healthy looking leaves – right at the edge of the plant’s stem.
Prepare the soil
Strain your succulent soil – either by using a sieve with large holes, or by seperating the chunky parts of the soil by hand. You want to end up with loose, light soil into which the new roots can easily grow. Chunky partys of earth are obstacles to their growth 🙂
Prepare a small hole with the tip of your spoon. Insert the succulent leaves just a little bit into the soil, so they sit loosely yet firmly at its top.
Water the soil
Keep the soil humid by watering it super gently. Depending on the room humidity and the material of your saucer you might want to do that every other day or so. The soil should feel damp, not wet.
Patience required! After a couple of weeks (every succulent is different), little babies will grow. The mother leaf you had initially planted might look a bit – well, unhappy.
Preparing the pot
The mother leaf may have wilted. If you see that your babies have grown significantly, you can repot – at this point, the roots should be 2,5 cm/ 1 inch long. You can begin to decrease the watering frequency.
Prepare the potters / Part 1
Fill the bottoms of your saucers and small pots with small pebbles. They make sure that your soil gets enough air from below.
Prepare the potters – Part 2
Now add the soil mix.
Happy plant family!
They’re here! When your succulent has a dimeter of 2,5cm /one inch approx., adulthood has come and it’s time to water the plant accordingly – which means almost never! Only water when the leaves start looking skinny and limp.