How to make New Plants
I haven’t spent much time in my room in Amsterdam this summer, so my plants had to be taken care of. Don’t worry, they have been regularly watered! Yesterday I dedicated some time to get everything back in order and make some new plants. More precisely, I propagated my succulent plant.
My original succulent had grown into some kind of Frankenstein mutation over the summer months. Instead of just taking off a few leaves, I decided to re-use as much of it as I could. Including some bigger offshoots, I gently picked off a huge load of leaves. I’ll have to let those dry and see how many will actually grow roots, so that will take some time.
If you are interested in reproducing your plant (free plants!), here’s a very rough step-by-step guide for you:
- Get your original succulent plant and very gently pull off a number of leaves and/or entire offshoot(s), making sure the leaves come off entirely (without tearing the fleshy part).
- Replant your offshoots in not too soggy soil, gently placing the roots.
- Check the leaves you pulled off for any roots. If any of the leaves are shooting roots, there’s a good chance it will soon grow a new little succulent and you can place the roots sticking slightly in the soil. You may water it when the soil appears to be getting too dry, but definitely don’t overdo it.
- Place the leaves that are not yet showing any roots on top of (relatively) dry soil. You will need to let them dry (no watering for at least a few days), especially if they have been freshly picked.
- Just keep an eye on them, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll soon see some leaves shooting roots!
One thing to keep in mind: Don’t give up the first few tries. You’ll probably see some (if not most) of your leaves shrivel up without shooting roots and that’s completely normal, just keep trying!
Disclaimer: I am not at all an expert in terms of handling plants and I’m sure there are way more professional ways to grow new succulent plants (just hit google, you’ll find some great guides). This is just the way I do it and it has worked for me.