If you are looking to plant flowers or make a garden, we would recommend succulent plants. They can withstand harsh weather conditions. Many people complain that house plants can be tough to nurture since you don’t know whether they are receiving enough water and sunshine. Sometimes, the only sign is when they start to dry out and wither.
This is why you should try succulent plants as your indoor plants. They are easy to maintain and don’t require too much attention. Also, they don’t easily die because their leaves, stems, and roots store enough water. It’s on a rare occasion that you will find succulent plants dying due to bad conditions.
Even if it happens and they are about to die, you can easily propagate another plant. All you need is a leaf and you are good to go. However, you need to pluck the leaf properly, otherwise, it will just rot. Get a whole leaf or better still, one with a bit of the stem. Learn more about having succulents as house plants below.
How to Propagate Succulents
First of all, the reason we propagate is to get more plants from the ones you already have. Therefore, before beginning the process, ensure the plants you have are in good condition. You don’t want to pick already dying leaves or stems. They will die anyway. Follow these steps to help you with the proper propagation of your plants.
Identify the plant with the healthiest leaves. You will need at least one leaf but this can vary depending on how many plants you want. However, some plants, like aeoniums, can best be propagated using cuttings. Therefore, different plants can be propagated differently. You can experiment with this to see what works best.
After identifying the plant and/or leaf, gently twist it off the stem. Ensure you don’t leave any part of the leaf on the stem. It’s better to pull apart the stem than the leaf. If you just break it, chances of it dying are high.
If you are going to use a cutting, get a sharp scissor or pruning shears. Proceed to cut the part just after a leaf on the stem. It can either be a new shoot or the top of the succulent. They all work.
Then, place your parts of choice onto the desired container full of soil. For leaves, you can just place them on top while cuttings can be placed directly in the soil. All they need is to start growing roots which can be catalyzed by water. Ensure leaf ends get in touch with the soil. This is where the new plant will develop.
The next step is to let your leaf or cutting dry out. If you don’t allow it to scab a bit, it will take in too much water when you begin to water it. When you realize the soil is dry, begin watering them. Ensure the containers can drain water otherwise the plant will rot. You can use a watering spray or jar. Just ensure it’s not too much water.
You can expect results in approximately two to three weeks. However, this varies with temperature, type of plant, amount of water and humidity, among other factors.
Caring for the Succulents
Ensure your plant gets adequate sunlight. Otherwise, it will begin yellowing and shrinking. If you see these signs, put it on the window seal or any raised part for light access. You can also move it outside for some time.
Also, when the roots start to form, ensure they are fully covered by soil. If you don’t, the roots will get exposed to sunlight and will die out. Always check on your plants to see if there are any new roots so you cover them with soil.
Ensure you pick the right container for your succulents. Not just any waste or leftover tin will work. You need one with proper drainage holes so that every time the plants get watered, it drains. If the container retains water, your plant will rot.
If you are looking at changing the look of your living room, then think natural plants. The easiest indoor plants to take care of would be succulents. They don’t require too much care. If propagation is done well, you can grow many beautiful plants from one single plant. Provide them with light, the right soil, and a properly draining container and your succulents will have you smiling. To learn more helpful tips, click here.