Keep Calm and Propagate

Posted on September 06 2017

Keep Calm and Propagate
Although succulents and cactuses are quite hardy plants they can still wither away mostly down the lower parts of the stem. This may be caused due to lack of light or they're simply out growing the pot they are in. But have no fear, this is the best time to propagate them and the best part is it's super easy to do and you can get more plants out of them. Here's how!

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Start by carefully removing the lower leaves. Make sure to get the entire leaf because if you only get the tip it will not be able to propagate properly. 
 
What you'll be left with is the head of the succulent, a long bare stem and some cut leaves. The next step is to chop it off. Chop about 2 - 3 cm from the base of the head of the cactus. And now what's left is a few leaves and a cute plant with a short stem.
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Before you can place the cut leaves in soil, you now have to wait and let the leaves dry out and callous over. It's important not to place the leaves straight to the soil so that it does not absorb too much moisture. Drying these out can take a few days or a week. When you feel that the leaves are dry enough, place them on top of some well draining cactus or succulent soil and keep them in indirect sunlight. After a few weeks they'll grow little baby plants. Soak or even spray the plants very rarely once you see them sprout out. Treat them as you would a grown succulent, too much water is not good. 
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Once you see the mother plant withering, carefully remove the baby leaf in the same way you did in the original stem and then place the baby leaf in its potted home. Be very careful at this stage so that you do not remove the roots with the leaves. You can also play it safe by just letting the leaves fall off on its own. Bare in mind that not all of the cuttings will grow roots. 
Most of the information provided are from my own experiences or thorough research online. 
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