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How do I grow my own succulents?

Last Updated: 11th May, 2020

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How To Grow Your Own Succulents
  1. Pull off a leaf from your original succulent. Be really careful when you do this, as you don't want to break the leaf in half.
  2. Take your separated leaf (or leaves) and lay it (or them) on top of moist soil.
  3. Wait until you see roots forming.

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Similarly, it is asked, is it hard to grow succulents from seeds?

Slow Process Some succulents, like Sempervivum, can take years to bloom and produce seeds. Even after the seeds are collected and sown, they can take anywhere from three weeks to a year to germinate, let alone grow into full-sized succulents.

Subsequently, question is, how long do succulents live? By understanding the basic core needs of succulent plants, you can expect to have them with you for many years. The lifespan will depend on the type of succulent you have. Some greenhouse succulents can live for decades, while others may enjoy a 6 or 8 year lifespan with proper care.

Similarly, do succulents get bigger?

Plants grown out of leaves, baby plants or cuttings tend to grow slower than already established plants. Some succulents also have a tendency to grow large, no matter where they are placed.

Do succulents get big?

Most of the time, their succulents have become much taller and spread out. This is quite a common occurrence, especially when you're growing succulents indoors. While succulents are fairly slow growing, its amazing how quickly they seem to stretch when they aren't getting the light they need.

Related Question Answers

Therese Baumanns

Explainer

Why are my succulents not growing?

When a succulent is dormant, it's trying to survive, not grow. This means it won't take up as much water and prefers to be left alone. The key to keeping succulents happy is watering only when the soil is dry and paying attention to the leaves.

Ainize Wildegger

Explainer

How often should succulents be watered?

How often to water and fertilize: While growing, cacti and succulents should be watered at least once a week. Some people water more often than this. During each watering, give the soil a good soaking, so that water runs out of the 'drainage holes' of the pots.

Kira Wiener

Explainer

How long does it take for succulents to root?

They need to be kept moist and warm. Within three weeks or so, little roots and leaves will begin to sprout! It could take a few months before a succulent gets big enough for repotting (photos above are after about 8 weeks).

Najma Inselvini

Pundit

Can you cut off a piece of a Succulents and replant?

To take a cutting, on the other hand, you'll want sharp scissors or pruning shears (I use these and absolutely love them!). Cut off a piece of the succulent just above a leaf on the stem. You can cut off the top of the succulent, or you can cut off a new offshoot. Either will work!

Ulysses Fians

Pundit

Where can I buy real succulents?

  • The Succulent Source (Amazing Value)
  • Mountain Crest Gardens (Amazing Value)
  • Leaf & Clay (Great Shipping)
  • Buy Succulents Online on Amazon (Great Shipping)
  • Succulent Gardens (Bulk Purchase)
  • Planet Desert (Rare Buys)
  • Etsy (Rare Buys)

Froilana Shahzadi

Pundit

Can you grow a succulent from a leaf?

Propagate succulents from leaves
You can simply take a leaf that has fallen from your succulents or gently remove one off the stem. Make sure to use a twisting motion to pull the leaf off the plant entirely and avoid breaking it. Poor cuttings can result in the leaves not being able to sprout roots.

Didac Marty

Pundit

How often should I water succulent cuttings?

Succulents don't usually need a lot of water, but while they are establishing their roots, you'll need to water them every 2-4 days, depending on how dry the soil gets.

Bassma Landazabal

Pundit

Can you root succulents in water?

Water propagation is using water as a medium to root succulent cuttings. This may go against conventional thinking about succulents. The common knowledge about succulent plants is they do not like to sit in water and sitting in water promotes root rot.

Maffeo Abasolo

Teacher

Can you plant a succulent leaf?

Lay the succulent leaves flat on top of the dry Cacti Mix and place in bright, indirect light. In a few days the cut edge will callous over. Lightly mist the calloused cuttings once a week. Roots will soon emerge as the leaf looks for water.

Anatolii Mcgrory

Teacher

Can you plant succulent cuttings straight away?

I always have succulent cuttings laying around somewhere!
After they've healed over, straight in they go. Succulents don't mind being crowded so I often plant quite a few of them close together in the garden or in a pot. I keep them dry for about 5 days and then give them a good watering.

Melita Suteu

Teacher

Can succulents grow back?

Although there will typically be a small amount of losses, most leaves will grow roots followed by a new plant. Once the stem has dried out and calloused over, simply place your plant back in a pot with well-draining cactus or succulent soil and it will grow roots again and continue to flourish!

Janine Bauers

Teacher

Is Pigface a succulent?

Pigface, or Angular Pigface. Carpobrotus glaucescens is a prostrate, creeping succulent that has long trailing stems to 2 m long, which root at nodes along the stems. From these nodes the plant produces upright leafy branches.

Sow Reis

Reviewer

How do you propagate water?

Here we go!
  1. Identify the location where you will snip your cutting from the main plant.
  2. Then carefully cut just below the node with a clean sharp knife or scissors.
  3. Stick your cutting in a clean glass.
  4. Switch out your water every 3-5 days with fresh room temperature water.
  5. Wait and watch as your roots grow!

Alexa Basail

Reviewer

What kind of soil do succulents like?

Coarse Sand
Succulents grow best in a porous sandy potting soil, so amending your potting soil with sand is super important.

Rasha Bagaryakov

Reviewer

How fast do succulents grow?

For example fastest growing succulents like Echeveria can grow up-to 6-8 inch in just a year from a 2 inch plant when slow growers like Haworthias can take to a year or even more To go from a 2 inch size to 5 inch.

Jing Vann

Supporter

How long does it take to grow a succulent from seed?

Depending on the type of succulent, temperature, and sunlight, your plants may take anywhere from three days to a few weeks to begin growing. (Some may even take several months to a year to germinate, so it's important to do your research when buying your seeds in order to anticipate growing time.)

Jocabed Muras

Supporter

What do I do after my seeds sprout?

Fill the containers and pack the soil firmly to eliminate gaps. Remember that most mixes contain few, if any, nutrients, so you'll need to feed the seedlings with liquid fertilizer a few weeks after they germinate, and continue until you transplant them into the garden.

Zafira Mikolajewsk

Supporter

What are the rarest succulents?

  • Othonna capensis 'Ruby Necklace'
  • Pachyphytum compactum 'Little Jewel'
  • Conophytum subglobosum.
  • Ariocarpus trigonus, Living Rock Cactus.
  • Tephrocactus articulatus, Paper Spine Cactus.
  • Haworthia truncata v. maughanii.
  • Adromischus maculatus 'Calico Hearts'
  • Echeveria x imbricata 'Compton Carousel'

Antolina Oechtering

Beginner

How often should indoor succulents be watered?

If you live in a dry climate, you'll probably need to water every five to seven days, which is the case for me–but if you live somewhere more humid, you may only need to water once every other week, or less. If you're having trouble believing that your succulents can go a week or more without water, give it a try!