Propagation forum: Soil to propagate gasteria, aloe and other succulents.

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Name: Laurie Basler
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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Sep 25, 2016 7:42 PM CST
Hi, all. I am curious about the soil that is best for rooting these plant cuttings. Not leaves, but tops.
Also, if these plants have long stems, what do you do?
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Hummingbirder Native Plants and Wildflowers Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier
Sep 27, 2016 12:22 PM CST
I use the same soil I prefer for growing these plants --- about half pumice, but you can substitute perlite, lava rock, aquarium gravel, etc. and get similar results. It depends on the plant (any chance of photos?) but I usually trim long stems back to half an inch or so on cuttings. Partly to avoid burying too much stem (something to avoid with succulents in general) and partly because a lot of rosette succulents like Echeverias and Aeoniums (not so much aloes and their kin) actually root faster and better from short stems.

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