How to Propagate Succulents WITH water, WITHOUT soil!
Getting started with water propagation for succulents
Who doesn’t love the beauty of succulents?? Taking a plant or two and multiplying them into SO many more is easy with water propagation!
Getting the process started is simple!
How to propagate succulents
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a bowl
- plastic wrap
- a toothpick
- fresh, mature succulent leaves (I always find the best prices on succulents at my local nursery, but if you can’t get to one, Lowe’s has lots of succulent varieties available online.)
Fill your bowl 1/3 full or 1/2 full with clean water. (Your succulents will NOT be touching the water – they will be taking in the moisture from the air inside the bowl.)
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (if it’s not strong, go ahead and do 2 layers!).
I stretched mine nice and tight and made sure it was sealed around the edges of the bowl.
Next, you’ll take a toothpick and make holes in the plastic wrap – holes for sticking the leaves in AND extra holes for good ventilation.
I took nice strong, mature, healthy-looking leaves off a couple succulents that I had purchased just to use for propagating.
You should be choosing leaves from near the base of the plant, not the tops.
Then I stuck the tips of the leaves into the holes in the plastic wrap on top of my bowl.
After I filled all the holes, I made sure I had plenty of extra holes in the plastic wrap to ventilate the leaves.
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I placed my bowl indoors in indirect sunlight. My desk is right next to a large window that has morning light. So while my succulents are growing on my desk, I’m keeping the blinds closed in the morning when the sun is directly shining in. About mid-morning, when the sun passes over a bit, I open my blinds to give them bright, indirect light for the rest of the day.
By the way, save your old candle jars to use for planters! I show you how easy it is in THIS POST.
<< Here’s what a few of my succulent leaves looked like after just 1 WEEK >>
Most of this specific variety had short roots popping out after just one week! None of the other varieties did, though, so it just depends on which type of succulent leaves you are propagating for how quickly the roots will pop out.
<< Succulent leaves after 2 WEEKS >>
Roots were much stronger and longer at 2 weeks, and little babies started to show!
I was so excited that this one had “twins”! 😆
This variety was a little slower to grow roots, but after 2 weeks they finally made an appearance!
<< Succulent leaves after 4 WEEKS >>
Took a look into my bowl and saw lots and lots of roots underneath that plastic wrap!
So here are a few different varieties I was propagating, and you can see that they were all at different growth stages at week 4 – some had long, healthy roots AND babies, some short roots and babies, some just roots. All were in great condition and just doing their thing at their pace. 🙂
<< Succulent leaves after 6 WEEKS >>
Definitely had lots of nice roots and babies growing from the moisture in the bowl by week 6!
This rose-type succulent with fast-growing roots and baby I decided to plant in soil at week 6 because the roots started to look like they needed something more than water (see the brown spots?) to accommodate the fast growth.
I have a long cement planter for my succulent babies (mine is from a local nursery, but this one is similar), so I just carefully set it in there and lightly covered its roots with soil. It took root in the soil in just a few days and started thriving.
<< Succulent leaves after 9 WEEKS >>
Short roots still did fine growing healthy succulent babies on this variety.
These twins did really great and got planted in soil at 9 weeks.
(Scroll down to see my update on how big these twins are!)
By 9 weeks, anything with long, healthy roots can get planted into soil, whether or not it has a baby yet. Just set the succulent leaf on the soil and then lightly cover the roots with soil.
How pretty is this little succulent rose baby?! ❤️
(Scroll down to see my update on how big this little one is!)
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UPDATE: Months later, my babies are thriving! Growth has been slow(er) through the winter, but no doubt when it’s warm enough (soon!) and I put them outside, they will shoot up much more quickly!
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