Propagation: A Path to Patience

Growing up my mom always told me don’t pray for patience.  She was right about this.  However, I’ve found myself the perfect path to patience, while making it fun.  I love my plants, and when working with plants a lot of things require patience.  An example of that is plant propagation.  I am currently obsessed with all things succulent propagation.  You plant lovers will probably know exactly what I’m talking about. 

I have a lovely little indoor succulent garden that I try hard to keep alive and thriving.  My plants have been through a lot as I have learned new things about plant care.  Between moving, and different lighting, forgetting to water, etc. …my plants have managed to continue to grow and live happy little plant lives.  I love buying new plants, but I recently decided to go ahead and try my hand at propagation.  I love the idea that you can grow more succulents from the ones already in your home.  It’s a long process and in the end, you may not get anything, but its so rewarding when you see that little plant baby popping up. 

This will be the first of many updates on my propagation journey.  Right now, I am in the beginning stages of a propagation.  Unfortunately, I am also in a loss stage of a previously propagated succulent.  Propagation can take months and it’s not always successful so stay tuned for more updates.  In the meantime, here are all the details on the first batch.  

How I got Started

Propagation: A Path to Patience
Prior to Propagation

Above is a photo I took one morning and the succulent right behind the coffee is the one I chose to propagate. If you look closely you can see that it was growing only on the left. So I figured this was a good time to propagate.

Propagation: A Path to Patience
Propagated Leaves
Propagation: A Path to Patience
After Propagation

I took off all the leaves on the one side all the way up until it was even all around. Then I cut off the succulent and kept the top part as well. I cut it about 1/2″ under the last leaf of the succulent. I paced the propagated leaves just on a sheet of paper towel and let them callous over.

The Waiting Game

Propagation: A Path to Patience
Placed on soil.

Only about half of them actually calloused over and survived so far. They still have not started to grow roots yet, but the top part started to grow tiny roots in the past week. I’m still hopeful at least 2 or 3 will at least sprout roots in the next couple months.

Propagation: A Path to Patience
Growing Roots
Propagation: A Path to Patience
Spritz with Water – Once a Week

Know the Signs

I recently read online that it’s important to keep your propagated plants on the same watering/spritzing schedule as your other plants. For my succulents I normally check on them once a week to see if they need watering. Some do and some don’t so be sure to know the signs to look for before you water.

So…After doing all that, you just have to WAIT. I have taken the “watched pot never boils approach”. I just set my leaves outside and let them do their thing. Some day I’m sure I’ll go out there and they will have roots!

If any of you find this interesting and would like to try propagation. Don’t be afraid because succulents don’t die, they will eventually grow back. You just have to be patient. In the meantime, you can also check out how I revived my bougainvillea bonsai last summer here. I’ll be doing an update on the bonsai soon as well.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

XOXO, Happy Girl

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