How to Propagate (Regrow) Succulents

Want to know how to grow succulents from cuttings or from leaves? In this article I will show you how to propagate succulent cuttings so you can regrow your favourite plant again, and again. The below methods are what I use for personal success in regrowing succulents from cuttings and also from their leaves in the fastest and most cost effective way possible.

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How to Propagate (Regrow) Succulents from Leaves

The biggest mistake people make when trying to regrow succulents from leaves is cutting the leaf too high from the stem and sticking the end of the leaf into the ground to grow, both big no-no’s! The correct way to regrow succulents from their leaves is by grasping the leaf between thumb and forefinger and moving side by side till you hear a snap noise close to the base of the plant, you can use secateurs but I find it easier just using your fingers.

Do not plant your little leaves straight away, you need to let the leaves dry out for a few days, otherwise they run the risk of rotting. Dry them out by laying them on a tray lined with paper towel for a few days in a warm spot away from direct sunlight. After a few days you can place your leaves on top of succulent and cacti potting mix, in a few weeks your leaves will start to bud at the base and the mother leaf (as pictured).

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The mother leaf, once a new plant bud has formed, will start to wilt and die; when you notice it starting to do this you can either remove it or leave it and it will drop off on it’s own. (See pictures below 2mths later)

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The best rule of thumb is to spray leaves once a week with a spray bottle of water, to avoid overwatering which is easy to do.

How to Propagate (Regrow) Succulents from Cuttings

First of you want to be working with correctly cut succulent cuttings that stand the best chance of regrowing.

For succulents that grow rosettes you will want to use clean and sharp secateurs, cut as close to the base of the mother plant as you can; ideally having a stem at least 1.5″ long. Leave your cuttings to dry out for a few days on a tray lined with paper towels, this minimises the chance of your cuttings from rotting.

Plant upright (stem down) in premium succulent and cacti potting mix which you can purchase for around $10 at your local hardware store or plant nursery. You can also dip the stems into rooting hormone prior to planting to increase the roots forming, I haven’t needed to do this as they have worked perfectly without.

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The plant from whom you took the cuttings will also grow again in a few weeks. Look at these baby buds, aren’t they cute?

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For plants, like aloe vera there is a different technique you will need to use than the one above. To regrow you will need to remove the pup of the mother plant, the pup is another offshoot of the plant which will be growing nearby or next to the mother. Remove the root ball with the pup and replant immediately or store in a plastic ziplock bag until you get home to replant. You don’t want to dry out these roots.

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I hope that has helped wrap your head around how to regrow succulents, if you have any questions please write a comment below and I will be more than happy to help.

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  1. Your blog is very helpful and useful! I didn’t know what to do with catcus leaf fell off and I put these two good leaf in cup of glass and filled with water. It worked and grew roots fast and longer and also grew many baby buds as well. Now, can these will work in soil after using water from glass for few weeks now? Will the roots will adapt okay without damage or rot? Any advice, thanks.

    1. Hi Lynda, You should be able to plant without a problem. Don’t water too much at the start just a light spritz with water in cactus/succulent soil. Good luck!

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