Grow Succulents From Clippings

Lower right, that's a pup I plucked off a larger plant. 

Lower right, that's a pup I plucked off a larger plant. 

Do you ever get the feeling you might have a problem? I think mine is collecting succulents. Granted I live in a place where they grow like weeds. Just overflowing left and right, growing out of cracks in the sidewalk and what have you. So, if you're interested in picking up your own succulent addiction, you're in the right place.

My friend Misty from Creative Chaos Theory and her momma were out visiting. They helped me acquire this pretty impressive succulent collection. We just picked up leaves and clipping off the succulents we saw growing around town. It's really that simple. Most of the larger clippings are from Misty. She's a lot bolder, and swifter about collecting succulents than I am. I picked the leaves, that's about the extent of my contribution. 

1. To propagate you can collect any part of the plant, leaves, clippings or pups. Pups are the new growth that typically appears underneath a larger plant. On other types of plants they're called buds, but when you're dealing with succulents, they're pups. Check the lower right of the top picture.

2. Help them transition. There are a few ways to do this. You can collect some of their old soil that they're used to being grown in, although this isn't always possible with clippings. So the second option is to let them dry out for a few days. This is simple just leave your succulents in indirect light, no soil, no water and set them on a tray, plate or windowsill and let them acclimate. 

There's another pup! It's growing off that leafy green plant to the right.

There's another pup! It's growing off that leafy green plant to the right.

3. With the clippings and pups you can just put them right into the soil. I typically dig a little space for them and bury their roots well making sure the soil is not packed too tight. They prefer well drained soil. I use cactus soil. Do not water the succulents for a few more days while they get used to their new home. 

4. Once you see your plants are acclimating well, go ahead and give them some water. Always make sure they're in a sunny spot. Water lightly at first, and get them used to a regular watering schedule. Once a week works well for me, but it may be different in other climates. 

5. Set your leaves aside to dry out for a little longer. I'm going to do a follow up post on how to grow pups off these leaves. I like to let my leaves dry out for about a week, but as you can see one of them already has a pup.