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Easiest Succulents to Propagate
Methods for Propagating Succulents
I love propagating succulents. It is so rewarding. I have written 3 blog posts, 1 on each of 3 of the propagation methods. I’m sure I’ll get around to one on sowing seeds someday, but I don’t have the patience for vegetable seeds, let alone succulents! 🙂
There are four primary ways to propagate succulents:
- Succulent stem propagation – the vast majority of succulents can be propagated from stem cuttings
- Propagating succulents from leaves – many succulent varieties can be propagated from a single leaf
- Succulent division – dividing succulents works with a good number of varieties
- Sowing succulent seeds – nearly all succulents will grow from seed if you have the patience for it
My 12 easiest succulents to propagate are made up of 4 varieties for each method, excluding seeds.
Sedum clavatum – Dividing Succulents
Whether propagating succulents from leaves, stem cuttings or division, Sedum clavatum is one of my very favorites. In fact, it is a top favorite for me no matter what I am doing with plants. Lovely, powder blue rosettes form dense mats that tumble over the edge of a pot or rock garden with a gently trailing habit. Utterly lovely – and so easy to grow! Though it qualifies as one of the easiest succulents to propagate by any method, it was perfect for illustrating my blog post on dividing succulents.
Portulacaria afra – Succulent Stem Propagation
Sedum rubrotinctum – Leaf Propagation
I dearly love the whimsical, jelly bean-like leaves of Sedum rubrotinctum. The starry, lemon-yellow blooms are highly attractive to butterflies, and the stress coloring is marvelous! There’s even a pink version of this jelly bean plant. It rapidly forms dense mats and tumbles over the edge of planters to soften the look. Super easy to grow, there is only 1 reason beginning succulent lovers don’t love rubrotinctum. The leaves can pop off easily if you handle it roughly. Don’t skip the plant because of this — it’s a clear sign that propagating succulents from leaves will be successful! The plant is so good at sprouting roots from a leaf, that it drops leaves before the stems could break. It’s a survival mechanism that will fill your garden with jelly beans! 🙂
Crassula muscosa – Dividing Succulents
Crassula muscosa is a fine-leafed stacked crassula, commonly called the watch chain crassula. Slim stacks of tiny leaves reach 4-8 inches tall, forming thick, lush mats of foliage. Particularly charming in a mixed succulent planting, where its texture is a wonderful foil for other forms. Happy in shady spots, this succulent performs well indoors, too. Choose Crassula
Aeonium Kiwi – Succulent Stem Propagation
I love absolutely everything about Aeonium ‘Kiwi’! (Are you starting to sense why it was soooo difficult to keep this list so short? :)) Perfect rosettes of green and yellow blush a sweet pink at the margins with good lighting. Stress causes the pink to become a bright red, like the above. Kiwi’s rosettes form dense shrubs that can completely hide the twisting, woody stems that bear them. Incredibly easy to grow, Aeonium Kiwi takes to succulent stem propagation quickly and easily.
Graptoveria Fred Ives – Leaf Propagation
Look at the gorgeous, sunset colors that wash the leaves of Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’! The large, open rosettes of this variety easily reach 8 inches across and grow 12 inches tall. Incredibly easy to grow and forgiving of poor growing conditions, Fred is a perfect starter succulent for beginners that will be cherished by the most expert succulent growers. Fred is a fast grower that is one of the easiest succulents to propagate. All graptoveria propagate easily and well from stem cuttings as well as from propagating succulents from leaves. But Fred Ives is really special.
Sempervivum/Jovibarba – Succulent Stem Propagation
Sempervivum and jovibarba, aka Sempervivum heuffelii, are some among the very easiest succulents to propagate through division. Each plant forms many baby plants around it, connected by a single, above-ground stem. These baby plants are the “chicks” that surround the “hens” in these “hens and chicks” style succulents. When the baby plant has reached a good size, simply pinch the stem in two, and set the baby plant on dry succulent soil. Soon, it will form roots and form a whole new plant. The very essence of dividing succulents! These elegant rosettes are super cold-hardy, with wonderful color all year long.
Graptopetalum Paraguayense – Leaf Propagation
Graptopetalum paraguayense is an incredibly fast and easy-to-grow succulent with astonishing, opalescent white rosettes that give rise to the common name, ghost plant. It is definitely one of the easiest succulents to propagate — and one of the fastest! Long, curling bare stems are tipped with these elegant rosettes. Although I am listing it in the section for propagating succulents from leaves, it is just as easy to propagate from stem cuttings. Fair warning – do not plant Graptopetalum paraguayense unless you’re prepared to fall in love!
Sedum moriganianum – Leaf Propagation
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Kalanchoe daigremontiana – Dividing Succulents
Kalancho daigremontiana has a peculiar growth habit. It forms small offsetsSucculent offsets are the baby succulents that form at the b..., or baby succulents, all along the edge of its leaves. Each baby forms aerial roots, ready to drop to the warm, waiting soil below to begin life as its own, grown-up plant. It may be unfair to list it among the easiest succulents to propagate. Simply pluck a baby with developed roots, and drop it onto dry succulent soil. It’s almost too easy. So easy in fact, these plants are listed as invasive species in very warm, mild climates like Florida.
Crassula ovata – Succulent Stem Propagation
Crassula ovata, the ever-popular jade plant, is wonderfully easy to grow and to propagate via succulent stem propagation. It grows happily indoors, or out. In shade or inside, the leaves are a rich, deep, emerald green. With a lot of sun exposure, stress coloring develops with paler green leaves marked by bright red margins. Beautiful! Starry white blooms in dense clusters develop in fall or winter. This is another excellent choice for beginners to grow that experts continue to love.
Echeveria – Propagating Succulents from Leaves
I hope you found this list of the easiest succulents to propagate
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