How to Propagate Succulents

Learn the many ways to make more succulents from existing plants

Ever wondered how to propagate a certain succulent? 

For example, lithops (living stones)...is it possible to take cuttings from those thick, molar-shaped leaves? How about ruffled echeverias...can a solitary rosette be made to offset? And stacked crassulas...what do you do when stems are tightly lined with leaves? 

Most succulents can be propagated vegetatively---via stem cuttings, pulling apart offsets, or rooting leaves. To the novice, of course, such tasks are mystifying. How deep, for example, does one plant a leaf? 

Even more challenging are succulents that make propagators pull out a power drill, coffee grinder, or tub of roofing gravel---all tools routinely used by nurseryman-grower Aaron Ryan of Petaluma, CA. 

Aaron is down-to-earth in more ways than one. At past Succulent Extravaganzas at Succulent Gardens Nursery, he graciously showed standing-room-only audiences a half dozen ways to propagate a variety of succulents. 

Somehow watching Aaron grind seed pods, guillotine a frilly echeveria, or snip a stacked crassula is soothing. You know those babies are gonna make it. You also know that with Aaron's methods, you'll soon have plenty of new plants to play with. 

How to propagate succulents: Aaron Ryan shows how to take a cutting from a stacked crassula

Resources

Books

Find "How to Propagate Succulents" in my books

Designing with Succulents, 2nd ed., pp. 148-154

Succulent Container Gardens, pp. 232-235

Succulents Simplified, pp. 58-61

Succulent Propagation Videos

Impressed by Aaron's teaching skills, I've made several videos that feature him. They're short (4 to 6 min.), fun to watch, and easy to follow.

You can watch them below or find them on my YouTube channelplaylist "Succulent Propagation." 

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Succulent Propagation from Cuttings

Succulent Propagation by Division (Offsets)

Succulent Propagation by Coring to Create Offsets

Succulent Propagation from Leaves

Succulent Propagation by Beheading

Propagating Succulents from Seed, Part One: Dudleyas & Echeverias

Propagating Succulents from Seed, Part Two: Lithops

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