Called Greenovia Dodrentalis, these succulents have curved layered petals that make the plants look just like roses. Mostly they’re found in the Canary Islands but we would say they belong somewhere in a fairy tale because of how unique and magical they look! Keep on scrolling to check out some pictures of this stunning rose-shaped succulent.
Propagating Succulent Leaves and Cuttings – Tips for Propagating Succulents
Nothing is more attractive to a gardener than getting new plants without having to pay for them. And since succulents are a very sought after plant, it stands to reason propagating succulent leaves and cuttings is a popular project for many gardeners. Best of all, it’s easy and free!
Succulents make fantastic houseplants and can be grown outside in some hardiness zones. Be sure to check out my tips for how to care for succulents.
Succulents are very drought hardy plants that are often uses for indoor gardens. They are easy to grow and also easy to root for new plants using the stems, offsets, leaves and cuttings. These tips for propagating succulents will give you dozens of extra plants in no time at all.
What is succulent propagation?
Plant propagation is the process of making new plants by using one or more parts of the original plants. Seeds, stem cuttings from plants, leaves, and offsets can be used to get new plants for free with this technique.
With the proper soil medium and the right conditions, tiny new plants will grow from all parts of the mother plant.
For succulent propagation, the parts are normally separated from the plant and started in a soil medium. Sometimes, the propagation is done while the plant is attached to the mother plant, as is the case with air layering of very large plants, but normally leaves are most commonly used for propagating succulents.
Use these tips for propagating succulent leaves and cuttings
Plants for free – what is not to like about that? This is especially true in the case of succulents which can be very expensive, even for a tiny specimen.
Every time I go to my local garden center, I always check out their variety of succulents. Some are classified as perennials, which makes them more cost-effective but, even so, it is not unusual to spend $4-$5 for a TINY succulent plant in a 2″ container.
Why pay these prices, when you can get all the succulents you want for free from just cutting or the leaves? It’s easy to do and gives you many varieties of succulents with no cost and just a bit of time.
I have dozens of varieties of succulents in my garden that I have collected. Some of them, like hens and chicks (sempervivum) are cold hardy and can stay outside during the winter, but others like many echeveria varieties have to be brought indoors over the winter or they will die from the frost that we get here in NC.
If you are into making dish gardens like this DIY Succulent Arrangement, you’ll love knowing that you grew the plants yourself for very little money.
All varieties of succulents are candidates for propagation using their parts. The indoor plants that I tried to carry over through the winter got quite leggy from low light conditions, so they will be used as stem cuttings. I will also take the leaves from many of the varieties.
Occasionally, you will find a succulent that has a tag that says “propagation prohibited.” These is normally specially hybridized varieties that have patents on them. Propagation can still be done but resale is a big no no.