Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Watering succulents from leaf cuttings

Views: 323, Replies: 9 » Jump to the end
Hunterdon County NJ (Zone 6b)
Chrissyd1121
Dec 24, 2017 9:42 PM CST
I started some succulents from leaves and have watering questions.

I read that you can separate the mother leaf when the baby has leaves and roots of its own or you can wait for the momma leaf to shrivel and fall off. I've had about 50/50 luck trying to separate on my own.

Once they're separate from the momma leaf do you water it like a regular Succulent? Or just water the top a little bit? Mist?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Dec 25, 2017 4:27 PM CST
To complete the process of photosynthesis, a plant needs leaves and roots. After your plantlets have both, you can water as usual. Use a very fine spray (so you don't disturb the roots) or water from the bottom (my choice), just make sure to saturate the soil. I don't remove the mother leaf as it causes unnecessary trauma for the plantlet.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Webmaster: osnnv.org
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
Cactus and Succulents Seed Starter Foliage Fan Xeriscape Container Gardener Bromeliad
Hummingbirder Native Plants and Wildflowers Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator
Image
Baja_Costero
Dec 25, 2017 5:13 PM CST

Moderator

When I set up succulent leaves to root, I use relatively shallow pots and a fast draining mix, then water like my other succulents. Which is to say wait until the soil is dry and then saturate it with water. There is no particular benefit to watering deeply and regularly until the leaf has sprouted roots, but it should not be problematic either, if you allow the soil to dry out in between. Having good drainage and avoiding deep pots helps with that.

Do not separate the baby plants from the mother leaf, or try to pot them up until they are about the size of that leaf (as a general rule). You may as well let them use up the space they have to start with before you offer more.

There is no need to bottom water or mist if you lay down a thin layer of light rock (I like pumice or lava rock) around the leaf when you set it up. A little support like that from the side and once the roots are happening the leaf/baby rosette will anchor itself, and actually pull the base of the leaf down to soil level.
[Last edited by Baja_Costero - Dec 25, 2017 5:17 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1608297 (3)
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
purpleinopp
Dec 29, 2017 7:54 AM CST
I've never separated a baby plant from its' mama leaf. The mama leaf will shrivel away as the baby plant uses and absorbs the mama leaf's sustenance.
👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
purpleinopp
Jan 15, 2018 8:46 AM CST
How are things going, @Chrissyd1121 ?
👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Hunterdon County NJ (Zone 6b)
Chrissyd1121
Jan 22, 2018 9:10 AM CST
My succulent collection began at the end of summer when my bf brought me home a bunch of different ones. When I repotted and everything I had a bunch of different leaves left over and I wanted to try growing plants from them. Since I had no idea what I was doing at the time I started them all on the same tray. Now I know to start them where they are going to be growing for a while so I don't have to move them around and I can treat them all the same. That seemed to be the root of all my problems was having so many different types sprouting together... Different water needs, lighting needs, having to move them to different pots once the space got overwhelmed. Now I know better!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
purpleinopp
Jan 23, 2018 6:27 PM CST
I'm glad to hear you feel more confident. I think vibes & optimism are so important! :+)

I tend to treat all of my plants the same, aside from their placement in regard to light exposure. With so many different kinds of plants, I would be overwhelmed if I tried to provide different care for each, and would not have space for even 1 separate pot of each different one.

I tend to put alllll different kinds of plants that enjoy the same amount of light in pots together. While inside for winter at least, most succulents and even many leafy tropicals need the sunniest spots to stay normal looking, so they would be sitting adjacent if they weren't sharing pots.

Thumb of 2018-01-24/purpleinopp/3c5333
Thumb of 2018-01-24/purpleinopp/60f611
Thumb of 2018-01-24/purpleinopp/995b1a
Thumb of 2018-01-24/purpleinopp/c8e6ac

It does take some time to get to know them, which will grow so quickly that they cover another, which like to stand up, which are more leaning, etc...

👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Hunterdon County NJ (Zone 6b)
Chrissyd1121
Jan 25, 2018 5:58 PM CST
Yeah once I brought the tropicals inside they didn't last very long! I didn't have enough light to go around so the succulents got the artificial light and the tropicals lost all their flowers, then all their leaves, then I gave up on them... Whoops! Tropicals just take up so much space compared to compact little succulents. I had a dwarf chenille plant, tropical pitcher plant, ornamental peppers plants, and a tropical hibiscus tree. I tried keeping them in the bathroom with the humidity at first (which is prob where they were happiest) but then I battled fungus gnats and there was not enough light so after a couple weeks there were leaves dropping everywhere. When I moved them out to the artificial light they didn't get enough humidity (even with humidity pebble trays). The pitcher plant is the only one left and it hasnt had pitchers since I got it. I think the tropicals are just not for me indoors in NJ winters. Maybe someday I'll be experienced enough and I'll be able to pull it off!
Hunterdon County NJ (Zone 6b)
Chrissyd1121
Jan 25, 2018 6:09 PM CST
I found that when the succulent leaf cuttings are trying to sprout- some quickly push out roots and leaves and want water right away and some take a month to sprout and if I get them wet too soon they rot. After they all have roots and leaves their needs even out a little more but in the beginning its easier for me to keep them separate. Plus- I can get away with giving them less light until leaves pop out. I was moving them around too much. Once they got roots they moved for water or once they got leaves they moved for more light. I don't think I was letting them really establish s root system bc I moved them too much.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
purpleinopp
Jan 26, 2018 3:31 PM CST
I've had the best results when the leaves were kept in about the same light as the mama plants.


Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/8046a5 Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/d96e2d
Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/020257 Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/cb2bed
Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/de9959 Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/eacbc6
Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/c8b9b5 Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/87f27e
Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/100c39 Thumb of 2018-01-26/purpleinopp/a5e596

👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Cactus and Tender Succulents forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Fleur569 and is called "Forsythia Sage Salvia "