How To Succulent Propagation: Air Method

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If you are reading this I can assume that you are interested in my series on succulent propagation methods. Today, I will be discussing the air method of succulent propagation. Succulents are, in my opinion, some of the strongest and most amazing little plants to own. I like to refer to succulents as gateway plants, because they’ll get you addicted to propagating and growing all kinds of plants before you even realize that you’re hooked. They are not very fast growers, so patience is definitely a virtue when it comes to watching your succulent babies grow, but oh it is so worth the wait!

The air method of succulent propagation is definitely the easiest method for most newbies and novice succulent owners. There is no supplies needed other than the actual succulent leaves and a sunny area that will not be disturbed. I like to use a bright window sill.

To successfully air propagate a succulent, you will need to:

    1.  Remove several leaves from the lowest portion of your succulent. This can be done by gently wiggling the leaf from side to side until it comes loose.  Be sure to choose a healthy colored, plump leaf. If it is yellowing or already shriveling up, it is not going to be an ideal propagator.
    2. Locate a bright area that will not be disturbed. Ideal areas tend to be near windows with bright light. It can be outside, but you risk having wind or animals disturb your propagating leaves.
    3. Lay your leaves in your bright spot and do not move them until they are ready to be placed in soil. (It will not hamper their growth if you occasionally pick one up, but you risk damaging the roots if moved around.)
    4. Once your succulent leaves begin to grow roots you can occasionally mist the roots with water. Some people will do it everyday, some every couple of days. I have found that it really isn’t needed. Succulents that grow in the wild don’t have people who come and mist their leaves everyday. Yes, they may get occasional rain, but they are not dependent on it. I have found that I have just as many successful air propagators when I don’t mist the roots, as when I do. This is really just personal preference.
    5. When the leaf has shriveled or you notice that your baby succulent has stopped growing, you can move it into soil. Gently bury the roots in a 50/50 mixture of perlite and cactus soil. Wait a couple of days before watering, because potting the baby succulent can make roots more vulnerable to damage. 

Congratulations! You are now well on your way to growing lots of little baby succulents of your very own. Be sure to let me know any questions you may have, and any other topics you would love to read about. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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