How to Propagate Succulents From Cuttings

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Propagate succulents from cuttings by dividing pieces of the plant and placing them in the ground with the foliage exposed. Learn more about propagating succulents from cuttings with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from In this segment we're going to learn how to propagate succulents from cuttings or how to propagate succulent cuttings and it's so simple and so easy because you really don't need to propagate them, they really just propagate themselves. Succulents are some of my favorite plants because they almost just make a ground cover, they just multiple and multiple and they're great for little areas next to the house or some place where you can really let them grow. So, when you propagate them, or when you divide them out, it's pretty simple. You don't really need a knife or a fork or any kind of special equipment, I kind of just dig a little space out. So, right now, I've got a whole new plant and you'll see that there's a root to it so, basically, I am propagating from cuttings but I'm not even cutting, I'm just pulling them out. So, I can turn around and just plant that little piece of plant right into another area and it will take over very quickly. It's very easy to do, there's all different varieties and even these larger types of succulents, kind of just pull them out and separate them from the others and I just kind of keep letting them multiple. Even these that have a little bit more of a stem or a root, as long as you cover that root up, it's another easy way to do it, they will start growing on their own. With succulents, it's kind of survival of the fittest, I just kind of plant a few and let them go. I would consider this a succulent cutting because I've actually kind of got a stem that's got a lot of starts on it so to propagate it, I could even break it into pieces and put it right into a container or the ground or I can set it right back into the ground, where I had others, just to make it fill in a little better. Pretty much just cover that rooted area but leave the plant itself, the foliage, exposed. As long as the root is covered up by some dirt, it will propagate. The thing about this bed, that I love, is that in the Fall it starts raining and there's deciduous trees above, so in the Summertime I have to water it but in the Wintertime, I don't water at all and my succulents have succeeded very well and I've got them all over the house, now, in containers and they're so easy to propagate.