Succulents are one of the easiest of plants to propagate! Depending on the species of succulent, they can either be
- grown from seeds;
- you’re able to create mini me’s from their leaves/stems; or
- set of wee cute little baby versions of them themselves and which are aptly called pups!
Pick one of their leaves, leave the wounded end to dry (called callousing) for about a day then put them lying flat onto a propagation tray. The basic way to set up a shallow plastic tray bought from your hardware or garden store and fill it to the top with some well draining potting soil mix, and some perlite mixed in for better drainage as you don’t want your soil too wet given that they are succulents. The potting mix I love to use is Debco’s Terracotta and Tub.
Although I personally have not tried this way of propagating, you’re able to buy some quality seeds from reputable online nurseries in Australia due to quarantine restrictions.
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Probably my favourite way of propagation as it doesn’t involve much effort or planning at all! Basically all you need to do is to invest in a mother plant and wait for the plant to produce pups over time. Then all you need to do is to get a clean knife and severe the pup nearly from the mother’s root and them plant the pup in its new spot. Over time, you’ll have heaps of them!
As a garden designer based on Melbourne, Victoria, Roraima nursery is one of my favourite spaces to go to for inspiration. So is GardenWorld in Braeside which have a large cacti and succulent display at their garden centre. I would highly recommend anyone addicted to succulents (myself included) to visit the above spots!!
Hungry for more information on succulents and just learning about them in general?
Then check out the following write-ups which could assist!
In the meantime, visit my past projects below which also squeezed in some beautiful succulents!
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