Do you find the idea to simply reproduce your plants and thus enlarge your collection totally exciting? If you haven't had much to do with the subject, you may not really dare and think it will go wrong. That's why I've curated a list of 7 succulents that can be propagated easily, from whose leaves and cuttings you can grow new plants. With these 7 easy to propagate succulents, everyone can do it, I promise!
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- 1 How do Succulents Reproduce?
- 2 Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe Daigremontiana)
- 3 Donkey's Tail (Sedum Morganianum)
- 4 Jelly Bean Succulent (Sedum Rubrotinctum)
- 5 Graptoveria ‘Debbie'
- 6 Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum Paraguayense)
- 7 Pachyphytum Compactum
- 8 Cobweb House-leek (Sempervivum Arachnoideum)
- 9 More Succulents that Can be Propagated Easily
How do Succulents Reproduce?
First of all, almost all succulent genera can be propagated from leaves or cuttings. There are also numerous succulent species, which after some time produce small, new plants (also called ‘pups' or ‘offsets') by themselves.
Of course, if you're new to the subject, you may be unsure on how to multiply your succulents at home. You may be wondering whether you can reproduce them via the leaves or cuttings, or by the so-called pups.
Therefore, I recommend the following 7 succulents for your very first attempt!
Attention: First, a little warning. As soon as you start propagating succulents, it will be the start of an addiction. When I started to multiply succulents, I was so excited that I always wanted more. It was so simple and just great fun to see the new plants grow and thrive. So trust yourself: just start and believe me, you'll love it!
Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe Daigremontiana)
The Mother of Thousands originates from the forests of Madagascar, is very fertile and grows like weeds. The fleshy leaves are typical of Crassulaceae family. In alternative medicine, the Mother of Thousands is used for wound healing, nerve calming and the promotion of fertility.
The Mother of Thousands has a very special form of propagation, which has also given it its name. In this succulent, fully developed plantlets grow at the leaf edges. This is called offshoots or side shoots that develop directly on the plant and can be easily detached. When these children start to take root, they fall off the mother plant and the process begins anew.
Now you can pick up these new plants and put several of them together in a flower pot with high drainage cactus soil. Poke small holes into the soil and put the still fine roots into it. The base of the leaves should only touch the soil slightly. Press the soil well, place the new breeding place in a bright place above 15 degrees and you have a new plant.
It's really cool to see how many baby plants are growing on the leaves!
Donkey's Tail (Sedum Morganianum)
The donkey's tail is one of my favorite succulents. It can be easily propagated by its leaves, but also by cuttings. This plant is a true survivalist and can hardly remain small. Thanks to its hanging growth, this succulent is perfect for plant lights and arrangements made of several succulents. If it is not cut, the individual plant strands can grow up to 60 cm long.
If you want to multiply the donkey's tail you can cut off individual leaves or whole shoots. Leave them in a brightly lit area (but out of direct sunlight) for a few days so that the open wounds can dry. Then simply place the leaves or cutting into a pot of soil. As a rule of thumb, it only takes a few weeks for the donkey's tail to form roots.
Jelly Bean Succulent (Sedum Rubrotinctum)
The small, plump and elongated leaves colloquially introduced the plant to the name “Jelly Bean”. When the succulent is in the blazing sun, the otherwise green leaves take on a deep red color. In spring, beautiful yellow flowers are produced.
The succulent Sedum Rubrotinctum is also a perfect plant for beginners. With her, leaves fall off again and again, which then very quickly form new baby plants – it can hardly be any easier than this. Simply collect the fallen leaves and leave them in a brightly lit area for a week or so. Then you can just put them in a pot of soil. After some time, roots will form and a new plant will emerge.
If no leaves fall off, you can also twist off individual leaves from the stem. However, make sure that you obtain the whole leaf and none of it is left behind.
You can hardly resist Debbie's beautiful color scheme! This delicate pink succulent is definitely something special and you rarely see it here. In nurseries, Debbie isn't so easy to get everywhere. Therefore, it is perfect that once you have obtained one of the plants, they can easily reproduce. It can be cultivated from the leaves, cuttings, seeds or simply from the bare stem.
This means that even if your plant gets too little light, grows stretched and doesn't look beautiful anymore, you can still save it. In this case, you can simply cut off your head with a sharp knife or scissors, lay on the ground for a week to dry and put it in a new pot of soil. You can also remove, dry and plant all the leaves.
If you leave the stem in the pot without leaves and head, even this one will regenerate. New offshoots will grow from where the leaves used to be and you get even more new little Debbies.
This is really something special! The succulent Graptoveria ‘Debbie' is just great!
Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum Paraguayense)
The ghost plant grows faster than any succulent I have ever experienced. The white leaves are tinted red and look like a beautiful large flower. She prefers to be outside in a bright, sunny location and defies temperatures up to 0 degrees. It is also known as Mother-of-pearl-plant.
It can be easily propagated from individual leaves and cuttings. Here you can proceed in the same way as the example with the donkey's tail described above. Within a very short time, new little rosettes form, which are among the most beautiful of all succulents.
The succulents from the Pachyphytum family are also called thick stems and are all very easy to care for and easy to reproduce. The Pachyphytum Compactum consists of many small rosettes. The leaves seem to be covered with textures and are either matt green or tinged in a beautiful purple. Since this succulent branches at the base and grows overhanging, it is excellent for plant lights.
It can be propagated from both cuttings and the leaves. However, since so many small side plants form, it makes sense to propagate these succulents by cuttings. Simply cut off a piece of approximately 10 cm from a side shoot. Let it dry for a week and then place it in fresh soil. Within the next 3 to 4 weeks, roots will form and you have then created a new succulent, which in turn forms secondary plants.
Cobweb House-leek (Sempervivum Arachnoideum)
The cobweb house-leek has its name from the small, spherical rosettes, which seem to be covered with fine silver threads. It is hardy and therefore a fabulous succulent for your flower bed. Even if you have no desire or no place to bring all the plants into the apartment in winter, this house-leek is ideal.
Another advantage is that it can be propagated very easily, or rather multiplies by itself. When spring comes, the cobweb house-leek looks like crazy. It produces so many new plants that until the end of the summer you don't even know what to do with it. You can simply dig out the new baby succulents and put them in pots with the roots. And so you've already increased your collection. Supplies will come no later than the next spring.
More Succulents that Can be Propagated Easily
Succulents are wonderfully easy to reproduce, especially the 7 species I just introduced to you. Here you will find another list of succulents that even beginners can easily grow and easily reproduce:
- Haworthia (buy online here)
- String of Pearls (buy online here)
- Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) (buy online here)
- Thimble Cactus (Mammillaria Gracilis Fragilis) (buy online here)
Just start with one of these plants, then not much can go wrong. If you are still looking for detailed instructions on how to propagate succulents, you should read my article “4 Ways to Propagate Succulents“. After growing the succulents, care is of course crucial. You can find more information about succulent care in this page.
Did you know that succulents are very different in their needs for water, light and heat? There are species that are completely hardy and others that get cold feet as early as 10 degrees Celsius. There are succulents that hardly need water and others that need to be watered much more frequently. So now find out which care is perfect for your succulents.