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.
Impressed by his teaching skills, I’ve made several videos that feature Aaron. They’re short (4 to 6 min.), fun to watch, and easy to follow. You’ll find them on my YouTube channel, playlist “Succulent Propagation.” Or click below.
- Succulent Propagation from Cuttings
- Succulent Propagation by Division (Offsets)
- Succulent Propagation by Coring to Create Offsets
- Succulent Propagation from Leaves
- Echeveria Propagation by Beheading
- Propagating Succulents from Seed, Part One: Dudleyas and Echeverias
- Propagating Succulents from Seed, Part Two: Lithops
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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