Propagating a succulent

(Question)

DSC_0426Hi, I want to propagate this succulent with cuttings from the leaves. I cut the 6 leaves and dry them for 1 month without watering or planting them in soil. but after 1 month there are no roots coming from leaves. All six leaves has bruises and shrink like in that picture. I want to ask whys like that? Is my doing right for propagating the succulent?

Sorry if my english is not good. I hope you understand. It will great if you help me. thank you very much.

NT : now is already over 1 month and there are still no roots.

(Answer)

 

One of my personal favourites, this Echeveria plant is generally easy to propagate.  The process is as follows:

  1. Remove a leaf from the base where it attaches to the stem of the plant.
  2. Allow the base end to dry out for 3-7 days.  It should form a scab, from which small roots should start to be visible within 2 weeks.
  3. Place leaf on top of lightly misted cactus soil and leave in bright light (not direct sun) until roots start to grow into the soil.

You should start to see new leaves develop into a baby plant.  This may take up to 1 month.

You have indicated your leaves have been drying for 1 month.  If you are not seeing any small roots coming from the scab at the bottom of the leaf, it may be that your leaf has simply dried out and is no longer viable.  If you have the original “mother” plant, I would suggest starting over and following the instructions above.  Alternatively, you could trim the bottom of the leaves with a clean, sharp knife and re-start the existing leaves.

Rooting hormone powder or liquid is also available at your local garden centre and can be applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

You might find this website helpful: www.hgtvgardens.com/propagating/how-to-propagate-succulents

Good luck with your Echeveria propagation!