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How to Propagate Succulents

Succulents are easy to propagate. Here's how to do it.

Q. What's the best way to propagate succulents?

A. Most succulents are surprisingly easy to propagate by stem or leaf cuttings, since they've evolved to reproduce quickly in harsh conditions.

Succulents need especially well-drained soil, like potting soil mixed with equal parts of sand and pumice.

  • If a stem is broken or cut off, let the cut end air dry for a few days, then stick the cutting in a pot of well-drained soil. In a few weeks' time, you should start seeing a cluster of fibrous roots growing.

  • Or, if there are plantlets growing at the base of the mother plant, you can break those off and plant them; chances are small rootlets have already formed.

  • A leaf may also be able to produce air roots; just nestle it in some soil, and a new plant will grow from the apex of the leaf.

    Good luck with your new little succulents.

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