It’s time to start thinking about planting. Succulents are beautiful little plants that do well in the garden and in pots. Since they can be quite costly at the garden center, it would be great if you could get your own free plants! How do you do it? Propagating, of course! Here are 4 easy steps.
- Break off leaves from a small branch, exposing a short stem. Dry, or “callus”, cutting for several days before rooting.
- Mix equal parts sand, perlite and soil. Water well and use to fill a small pot.
- Push stem or ends of leaves into the potted soil mixture and tamp around them to set in place.
- Water and keep the succulents moist in a sunny spot. Watch for new growth in four to six weeks, then repot if desired.
In the photo to the left is a propagated night blooming cereus. You may remember that Terri gave out some cuttings one meeting a while back. I decided to try it and it turned out well – notice the new growth on either side of the base of the plant. If you look hard you will see a small shoot on the left. I fully expect to see flowers in a century or so. If I can do it, you can too!