By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
For those who have problems getting succulent cuttings to sprout roots in soil, there is another option. While itis not guaranteed to be successful, there is the option of rooting succulentsin water. Water root propagation has reportedly worked well for some growers.
The success of succulent water propagation may depend on thetype of succulent you’re trying to root. Many jades,sempervivums, and echeveriastake well to water rooting. If you decide to give this a try, follow the easysteps listed below to maximize your success:
If you like the looks of your succulent in the watercontainer, you can keep it there. Change the water as needed. Some gardeners havesaid they grow succulents in water regularly with good results. Others leavethe stem in the water and let it root, although this is not recommended.
Some sources say the roots that grow in water are differentfrom those that grow in soil. If you root in water and move to soil, keep thisin mind. A new set of soil roots will take time to develop.
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Do you love succulents? If so, you’re not alone. This species of hearty flora are drought tolerant, require very little care, and come in a wide assortment of shapes, colors, and sizes. They also flourish indoors and out. With so many benefits, it’s easy to see why they’re such a popular choice among plant lovers.
Whether you’ve recently purchased your first succulent or you have a collection, if you’re interested in acquiring more, you might want to look into propagating your existing plants(s).
Propagating succulents is an easy, cost-effective, and enjoyable way to grow your own collection of these beautiful plants. In the simplest of terms, propagation refers to the act of growing a new element from an already majored element.
In this case, that element is succulents. In other words, propagating succulents involves using a piece of a mature plant and using it to grow a new one.
Interested in learning how to propagate your own succulents? If so, keep on reading to learn how you can grow your own plants from the ones that you already have and use them to expand your own garden, to give away as gifts to your friends and family, or even to sell.
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Propagating succulents is the best way to fill out a pot-because the clippings are a lot more succulent than their mother plant. If you've noticed, succulents start to get leggy as they grow. And this is a good way to make sure your planters stay full and plump. Another reason to propagate? It's a very nice, personal, and inexpensive present to give to friends! Whatever your reason, as Martha says, "You can get a couple hundred dollars worth of plant off of one $9 plant! It's a very smart thing to do."
Propagating succulent leaves and cuttings is easiest in spring and summer, when leaves and stems are primed for active growth. Most popular succulents propagate well from individual leaves or stem pieces.
Roots and new plants form at the base of planted succulent leaves.
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Follow these essential steps properly obtain cuttings and start the rooting process of your succulent plants in water.
Instead of transplanting the rooted cuttings in a pot with soil mix, you can continue to grow your succulents in water, or they can transplant your succulent into soil and grow your succulents indoors You can also transplant your succulent to grow outdoors in gardens and planters. If you root a succulent in water and move it to a potting mix, the plant will need time to acclimate to its planting environment.