March 23, 2009

Succulents Are Easy!

My sister says that she has a hard time propagating plants, but I am convinced she can propagate succulents. Many succulents are very easy to propagate and frequently propagate themselves! I have dozens of new succulent plants all over the yard just because a leaf broke off, and it started anew!

Here's a leaf that broke away from a graptoveria plant:


That leaf then starts to sprout new leaves within 1-2 weeks:


Next the roots form and the original leaf starts to shrivel as it becomes depleted:


The new plant continues to grow:


After a while, you end up with something like this:


Close-up:

This particular plant is years old, but you will have a definite plant within a few months that's charming AND resilient! It'll continue to propagate itself, and the young plants make for a great gift or filling in bare spots in the garden.

4 comments:

  1. Very cool! they are one of the easiest plant
    to propagate.

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  2. Great pictures. I'm really beginning to appreciate succulents much more. So much color and variety. They live here, but a lot die back quite a bit in the winter.

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  3. Great photos and advise for propogating succulents! I love how you showed the progression!

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  4. I am a Tulare Kings County (Central Valley CA) Master Gardener much in need of photos for a Propagation Workshop for other Master Gardeners this coming Wed. and for the public Sept. 22, 2012. I am one of the co chairs of the succulent propagation booth. I have a nice 8 inch pot with about 8 little leaves that have shriveled and produced mini plants in their place. I also am taking a cutting of the same plant to show stem propagation and a dish garden with 3 cuttings established. Your photos will be invaluable helping me illustrate the process

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