How to Propagate Cacti and Other Succulents
We are so excited to start the Plant Killer Club Blog and have a more permanent space to write about plant care tips and answer your questions!
I'm Seana - Co-owner of Tierra Sol Studio, CEO, designer, potter, and resident plant expert.
We started Tierra Sol Studio because we were plant killers. We found that people receive a - lot - of misinformation about plant care and that most plants are set up in the wrong pot and soil. I used my background as a researcher to solve problems from a plant killer's perspective and now we have a team of people who do magical things with plants!
This week I want to cover how to propagate cacti and other succulents. You might have a plant that is getting a little long and could use a trim or have a broken cactus paddle. While it can be pretty slow to grow cacti and succulents without a greenhouse, you can easily get them to root and stay alive indoors from a simple paddle or cutting!
How to Propagate Cacti and Succulents:
STEP 1. If you do not already have a cutting - Use a clean razor blade or knife to (carefully) cut a section of plant off approximately one inch above any damage or problem areas. Or cut a paddle at the base - leaving the base of the paddle in tact.
STEP 2. Lay the cutting or paddle out to dry and heal where it was cut. This usually takes 2-3 days.
STEP 3: Put the cutting into some really great cactus + succulent soil.
Find ours here: Tierra Sol Studio - Plant KiIler Soil
STEP 4: Don't water your cutting until it starts to get roots. This usually takes about 2 weeks. You can check the cutting every 2-3 days and place it back in the soil until roots appear.
STEP 5: Once you have roots, give the plant a little water 1x per month. The amount of water depends on the size of the cutting. Check our Plant Care Tips for water recommendations.
Let us know if you have any questions or how it goes in the comments below!