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Growing Succulents from Cuttings in 3 Easy Steps!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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15 Comments

  • Laura Jafarkhani

    Very interesting! I donโ€™t know much about succulents but the house I grew up in has a lot of them in the yard. I loved breaking open their leaves to see the moisture inside. These are good tips.

    • skyssucculents

      I am the same way! I still love cutting up my aloe and scraping out the gel for the leaves, its super fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nhung succulentexas

    Such wonderful tips!! I love propagation and this blog gave me lots to tips I did not know! Thank you. Keep up the amazing work.

  • Buayifa

    This post was right on time. I love succulent plants.
    My family is moving to a new apartment and I am planning to get some plants, maybe aloe vera.
    Since I use them in my skin care routine.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • skyssucculents

      That’s awesome! I love aloe, however i find propagating aloe to be most successful when you have aloe ‘pups’ or offshoots. They do love the rooting powder and i have found it causes the offshoots to root very quickly! Good luck with the move, and thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Littlesucculentkid

      Hi, my name is emily and I was wondering if you have tried rooting with the cinnamon yet, if so, could you please post the link? Thank you!

      • skyssucculents

        I have done it however I haven’t written a post about it yet, im glad you made this comment tho! I completely forgot about this and now im motivated to write a post about it! The main thing with cinnamon is it dries out the cut end of the succulent really quickly, and this prevents the succulent from absorbing too much moisture and rotting! Think of the cinnamon challenge, (btw I do not support this) but the idea is that you have to eat cinnamon without water. This is difficult because the cinnamon instantly dries out your mouth. The rooting hormone dries out the cut end, but also speeds up root development. It definitely speeds up the process but ultimately the cinnamon does the most important job! Thanks for reading this post and taking time to comment this question as im sure others are wondering the same!

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