How to propagate succulent from leaves. Propagating succulent from leaves is a simple task that requires few simple tips.
Propagating succulents from leaves can be done all year around. However, in colder climate or in winters, it gives much better result.
For example, you can try propagate four types of succulent plants: Echeveria, Sedum Adolphii, Jelly bean sedum and Sedum Pachyphyllum.
How to propagate by leaf cutting
First we will take some leaf cutting from the plant. It is better to take leaves from the bottom of the plant and leave the younger and smaller growth near the top. Always choose healthy leaves as they have a better chance of succeeding. The best way to remove a leaf for propagation is gently remove it with your fingers.
Pull the leaf by the base to prevent breakage. It is very important that entire base of the leaf must come off the stem, otherwise it will die. So gently twist it from the base and it will come off easily. Twist it back and forth slightly, and delicately wiggle it back and forth until it comes off.
After you remove the leaves from the stem, place them somewhere warm with indirect sunlight to drive for two to three days until the wound heals and a callous or scab forms where the leaf was removed from the stem.
If you place the cut leaves in the soil before the wounds heal, they will rot and die before they grow into new plants.
Fill with cactus mix
Take a shallow tray with drainage hole in the bottom and fill it with cactus mix or you can make your mix by adding sand + coco peat + perlite in equal proportions. Usually some may have better result in pure coco peat.
Make an even layer surface. Lay the leaves on a bed of coco peat and gently push the bottom part of the leaves in the coco peat. You can place them according to your wish.
Place the tray in indirect sunlight until the new plants are established. Do not put it in direct sunlight as it will cause leaves burn.
Rooting succulents need a bit more water than adult plants, but too much water will cause them to rot and eventually they will die. Instead of watering, use a spray bottle to mist the soil every day. You just want the top of the soil damp.
After 45 to 60 days, new sprouts will start to grow and you can transplant them to individual pots.
Succulents make an excellent gift, are a great way to welcome somebody new to the neighborhood, and can be exchanged between friends and fellow gardeners. It is easy to propagate new succulents from leaves, but because not every leaf will take, you should try rooting at least 5-6 leaves at a time.