Plant propagation is a method of creating new plants from exisiting ones without spending a penny. All you need is an existing succulent (some easy starter plants are echeveria, sedum and aloe), some soil, a plate or tray, a mister, sunlight and your green thumb. It's an easy and resourceful idea that will bring some more green and life into your home this spring.
We had a blast holding our first ever workshop on plant propagation. For those who missed out, never fear! Together with our clever crafter for this month - Suji from tinybloom - we've put together an easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to propagate succulents by leaf. Happy propagating!
Pick a succulent and locate the leaves you want to propagate. (The juicier the better!) Gently grab a leaf, and wiggle it from side to side until you hear a little *snap*! Note: Be sure to pluck off the entire leaf, right up to where the leaf meets the stem.
Set up your propagation station. Grab a plate or tray and layer it with 1-2 inches of soil.
Create your own leafy design. Arrange your succulent leaves on the soil, creating any design you’d like. You can lay them in rows, or make a propagation mandala. If creating a mandala, start with a central point. Lay your leaves out in circles so they radiate outward, starting with the smallest ones. When you’re done, place your leaves in an area with lots of indirect sunlight.
Mist the leaves every 3-4 days, or when the soil is dry. Be careful not to overwater them!
Now we wait. After a few days or weeks, you’ll notice some growth: first some little hairs, then roots, and finally a tiny little bud! Continue to watch them, spritz them, and tell them nice things. You’ll notice that as the baby grows, the mother leaf slowly wilts away. The baby plant is literally taking the life and nutrients from the mother leaf to grow, and eventually the mother leaf will die. (Don’t worry, it gets better!)
Once the mother leaf has wilted, it’s time to repot your baby succulent in a pot with good drainage. Place by a sunny window.
Let the soil dry, and after a few days, mist your plant sparingly.
There you have it! A brand new plant to love and care for.