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Most suc­cu­lents can be di­vided and will eas­ily grow from cut­tings. Even a leaf placed on top of the soil will form a plant.

• It’s best to take cut­tings while the plant is in its growth phase – when new leaves are form­ing, but not nec­es­sar­ily flow­ers.

• Suc­cu­lents such as Se­dums and Cras­su­las that grow close to the soil will make roots where the stems touch the ground. Sim­ply pull off a piece and plant it else­where.

• To in­crease Cote­ly­dons and Echev­e­rias, break off a leaf where it is at­tached to the plant and place it on top of the soil; the un­der­side of the leaf must touch the soil. This leaf will form new roots. Keep it moist but not too wet or it will rot.

• Any suc­cu­lent that has formed ‘baby plants’ can be eas­ily di­vided. Wait un­til the new plantlets have roots of their own, then re­move the mother plant from the pot and care­fully break off the new plants from the mother plant. The small rooted plantlets should be treated the same way as an adult plant. Plants with­out suf­fi­cient roots, or no roots, should first be placed in the shade un­til new growth is ev­i­dent.

• Larger suc­cu­lents such as aloes are al­most as easy to grow from cut­tings. For aloes that are mak­ing off­sets at the root zone, sim­ply break off and trans­plant these smaller plants. For aloes that have longer branches above ground, cut off the branch from the mother plant, al­low the wound to dry out for a few days and then plant the cut­ting in a shady spot. Aloe cut­tings like this should not be wa­tered for the first few weeks. >>

If you love suc­cu­lents, you can never have enough!

Kalan­choe pumila

Break off a stem of a suc­cu­lent and place it in a jar of wa­ter; once it has formed suf­fi­cient roots, trans­plant it into a pot or flowerbed.

Cras­sula capitella ‘Camp­fire’

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