Propagating Stretched-Out Succulents


Succulents are one of my favorite things. It’s as simple as that. There’s something about them that just makes me smile. And coming from someone who once killed a cactus, that’s saying a lot. When I brought some hen and chicks plants in a few months ago, they were lacking sunlight so they stretched out. They looked so silly that I decided to propagate them in new containers.


It’s fairly simple to propagate a succulent, which simply means you’re cutting up the old plant to make several new ones. If you take the leaves off a succulent and place them on top of nutrient-rich soil, they’ll grow new roots in a matter of days. You just have to keep them well watered and in good sunlight.


So I started roots in about 200 tiny succulent leaves and cut the tops off half a dozen of the stretched out plants. They’re all doing amazing well, especially after I planted them in fresh soil specific for succulents. The leaves that haven’t rooted yet are in a separate dish, and I’m looking forward to getting them in new soil soon, too. I love my tiny little plants, and I can’t wait to share the next stage of their growth with you in a few weeks!

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