This post is all about growing succulents from cuttings in 3 easy steps. This is the best way to grow beautiful succulents quickly. This post will show you how to take the cutting, and then how to successfully plant it and get it to root!
Step 1: Taking the Cutting, and the Secret ingredient!
First things first! You have to get cuttings, this can be done in 2 different ways. I will outline the steps for either method you may choose. The first method is taking the cuttings yourself! This is great because you get to use the (not so secret) secret ingredient! This is rooting powder, i use and LOVE Bontone II Rooting Powder. I bought a bottle of this stuff over a year ago and i still have some! It’s amazing, and can be used for all cuttings, not just succulents! This stuff has successfully rooted pythos, fiddle leaf figs, english ivy, and so many succulents!
The trick is to take the cutting and dip the end in this rooting powder directly after cutting. This protects the end from absorbing moisture and enhances the callousing process (the next step!). I have heard of people using cinnamon as a natural rooting powder, i have not tried this but if you have comment about your experience below! I am planning on doing a comparison post between the rooting powder and cinnamon. Stay tuned 🙂
Step 2: WAIT
There’s really not much to this step, except to place your cuttings in a dry area and wait for 24 to 72 hours before planting! I know this is not easy but its important! You have to let the cutting callous over on the end before putting in soil. As stated in my post about watering succulents, succulents like to absorb as much water as they can. This can lead to rotting and your succulents will not develop roots, and can even die! This step is very important!
Step 3: Plant and Water!
The final and most exciting step is planting and watering! This is most easily done with a mini succulent gardening kit. I love mine because of the special tools that are perfect for planting cuttings!
You will also need a small container or succulent pot for you cuttings! The trick is to add the soil first, then use the tools to make a hole in the center of the soil, place the end of your cutting in there. Then water around the base of your cutting but not directly on the leaves! Water every time that area looks completely dried out.
As soon as you see new growth, start watering as you would for a rooted succulent, mainly because this new growth is a sign of roots!! Congrats! you did it! Check out the photos below of a before and after rooting of one of my succulent cuttings!
I promise if you follow these 3 easy steps for growing succulents from cuttings, you will have countless baby plants! These always make great gifts or you can hoard them for yourself! I wont judge 🙂