Check Out Propagating Succulents from Leaves

Succulents to add to your collection, share them with friends and use them in crafts are a fun part of this passion for succulents – I mean a hobby. It always seems magical to me that you can take a small part of a plant and turn it into a whole plant! Together we have examined the propagation of succulents from cuttings and divisions in previous articles. Today we will consider the most magical method of all – the propagation of succulents from the leaves. Growing a whole plant from a single leaf – it’s like playing with God’s toolbox!

Propagation of succulent plants

Although all succulents can be propagated, different varieties require different methods. There are four main methods of propagation of succulents:

The vast majority of succulents can be propagated by cuttings.
Some succulents have a growth pattern that reproduces perfectly by division.
Most succulents can be propagated from a single leaf – see below.
(Almost) all succulents can be grown from seeds. We will talk about juicy seeds in a future article.
Which succulents can be propagated from leaves?
Most succulents can be propagated from a single leaf, but some cannot. How do you know which ones work and which ones don’t? As is often the matter with succulents – the plant will tell you!

All succulents have the will to multiply – this is one of the essential functions of life. Like stem cuttings, foliar propagation uses the natural abilities that many succulents have developed to adapt to their extreme native climate. Varieties such as Echeveria, Graptopetalum and Sedum easily drop their leaves when treated roughly by passing animals, root rot and a host of other environmental constraints, including handling by loving gardeners! In nature, these plants can react to certain forms of stress by trying to reproduce. When they drop a leaf prepared for rooting and growing, they respond to a current threat by making an offer for future offspring. If you have a healthy succulent that easily drops plump, firm leaves, this is a prime candidate for leaf propagation.

Other succulent plants such as Aeonium, Portulacaria or Crassula develop a woody and shrubby growth pattern. Their leaves are much more “attached” than those above and resist efforts to remove a leaf for propagation. These can be propagated from leaves, although they last much longer. As a rule, these varieties are best propagated by cuttings.

Other juicy varieties reproduce mainly from lags

Succulent offsets are succulent babies that form at the base…
. Sempervivum, Agave and Aloe are examples of succulent plants that do not reproduce by their leaves. (Yes, Echeveria also form lags. But do you remember how easily you drop your leaves? This is a sign that they will multiply well from their leaves.)

Isn’t it a remarkable sight? Small plants that come out and form roots at the base of a single detached leaf. This is what we aim for when we propagate succulents from leaves. The reason for this is specialized plant cells that form at the junction of the leaf and the stem of the succulent. These cells, called “meristem”, can form roots, leaves or new plants, depending on the needs. As the plant grows normally, this Meristemic tissue forms the leaves of the plant. During periods of drought, aerial roots can develop to extract moisture from the ambient air. When this part of the trunk comes into contact with the earth, roots are formed. And when a leaf is separated from its plant, a completely new plant grows from the meristem tissue. Not to believe!

How to remove juicy leaves for propagation

For a leaf to reproduce well, it must come from the plant and part of its precious Meristem tissue must be intact.

If a succulent drops its leaves even if they are plump and firm, this is the perfect opportunity to propagate these leaves. If the fallen leaves are not available and you need to take a leaf for propagation, do the following: carefully grasp a lower leaf between your thumb and forefinger and move it from side to side. If it is a variety that multiplies easily from fallen leaves, it comes off the stem with a slight pinch and a still fixed part of the meristem. It is then ready for propagation.

If you simply remove the leaf from the succulent plant, there is a good chance that part of the leaf and all the important meristem tissue will adhere to the plant. When this happens, the leaf cannot form roots or new leaves. If it is removed correctly, the end of the sheet is closed. If the leaf is torn off the stem by pulling it, you will see a wound from which moisture comes out. A torn leaf will never take root.

The success rate of propagating succulents with leaves is quite high. But it’s not 100%. Although I set aside a single fallen leaf at the root, I always take several when I take leaves for propagation. This way you will always succeed. And who doesn’t like it even juicier?

If you want to start but don’t have leaves on hand, you can order succulent leaves for propagation at the succulent source. This is an inexpensive way to expand your collection and juicy knowledge at the same time!

It is not necessary to use the rooting hormone or honey to stimulate your leaves to germinate the roots. Just leave your juicy leaves dry and out of direct sunlight. I usually lay mine on a dry, juicy soil bed in the shade. Until the new baby roots are formed to absorb water, there is no point in watering their leaves. Too much moisture outside can cause the leaf to rot before the plant forms. In a few weeks, your succulent leaf will form a cluster of tiny new leaves where it connects to the stem. This is the meristem tissue in action.

As your plant grows, it absorbs the moisture and nutrients stored in the leaf. That’s why you want to start with a thick and healthy leaf. It will contain a greater amount of nutrients and moisture to support a plantation.

When the roots are forming, it’s time to plant your succulent so that it can support itself!

Place your germinating juicy leaves on dry, juicy soil. Carefully cover the roots with soil. Spray with water to wet the top of the floor. Continue spraying the soil every few days, letting it dry in between. Finally, the original leaf is consumed by the plant when it begins to grow and thrive. Leave your freshly planted plantings in light shade for 4 weeks. If the plants show significant growth and are well rooted, gradually move them to more sunlight.

How long does it take to propagate succulents from the leaves? It depends. (Yes, I know that sounds unsatisfactory). In general, you will probably see your first development on the sheet in a few weeks. The juicy variety, the heat, the humidity and the season affect the breeding season. They can breed at any time of the year. But some succulents are semi-dormant in summer, while others are almost dormant in winter. If the succulent is naturally less active, it will reproduce more slowly. In general, spring is a good time to breed with the fastest results.

Yes, it takes as long as it takes. Do not count on new plants of a certain size in x weeks or months. Even the leaves of the same plant can take a long time to develop new leaves and roots. And some can never develop. Don’t leave her. As long as the leaf is arched and not torn, there is reason to hope that it will grow. If the sheet becomes muddy or wrinkles and dries out, it’s time to throw it away. If not, give him more time.

Whenever I transplant, move or make a succulent, I am always vigilant to keep the fallen leaves for propagation. Now that you know the process, are you eager to get started? I’d love to hear how it goes for you — please leave a comment! And if you have any questions, let me know. I am happy to help!

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