How to Care for and Propagate Succulents

Do you love the look of the succulents you see on Pinterest and Instagram? Succulents are all the rage right now. Delicate and beautiful, succulents make amazing statement pieces in your home. The price tag, however, leaves a lot to be desired! I fell in love with a smallish succulent garden at my local nursery and almost bought it, until I noticed the price tag. FIFTY DOLLARS! Jaw drop! No thank you! I dropped it like a hot potato.

Caring for Succulents

Instead, I’m hoping to make my own succulent garden for free. I did some research on how to propagate succulents, and it is an easy, if long, process. The technique was really simple. As long as you have already have a few small succulents, (I bought three this winter for $3.99 each) and some soil, you are ready to go!

Care and Propagate Succulents

How to Propagate Succulents


How to Grow Succulents

Instructions: How To Propagate Succulents:

  1. Fill planting pods with cactus soil. Water well.
  2. Cut a few leaves from the base of the succulent plant. Cut as close to the stem as possible. Likewise, you can use some leaves that have recently fallen off the plant.
  3. Leave the cuttings to dry for a day or two. This will prevent the ends from going moldy.                                                                How to propagate succulents
  4. Place each cutting in a soil pod, making sure the cut end is near, but not buried in the soil.                                                                  succulent care
  5. The waiting game: in a few weeks (up to six), you will see a new teensy baby succulent starting to grow.
  6. Leave the cutting and new plant be and tiny roots will form.
  7. Once roots have been established, transplant the succulent and watch it grow!

How to Grow and Care for Succulents

Ensure Your Succulents Thrive


  • Succulents are desert plants and need a good deal of sunlight. I have mine in a north-facing window and have them just an inch from the window so they can get enough light. You can get away with putting them further away from a South facing window.
  • If you notice your succulent getting “leggy” or leaning heavily toward the light source it may mean you need to find a sunnier spot. Succulents, as with most plants, will all tend to lean a smidge toward the light, and you can rotate the plant every week or two to ensure this does not happen.

How to Grow Succulents


  • Because succulents are a desert plant, they do NOT need to be watered regularly. I give mine a good watering every now and then, making sure to wait until the soil is COMPLETELY dried out before watering again (funny story… my succulents have been doing great all winter, but this spring they seemed to be lagging and it was taking forever for the soil to dry out. I couldn’t figure out why they were struggling after having  so much success for months… Until I realized my husband thought I was slacking with my plant care and had been watering them every week without me knowing!).
  • Ensure that the pot you are using has good drainage. This can be a layer of gravel or charcoal on the bottom of the pot, but make sure the pot has drainage holes.

Succulent Care

Follow these simple tips and you will not only have beautiful succulents, but will be able to grow more without paying big bucks for them!

How to Grow Succulents and Care for Them

As for me, I’m anxiously awaiting for my babies to take root so I can create my own succulent garden. I’ve planted six of each of my three varieties. If all goes well (I’ve heard the propagation rate isn’t that great), I will make a second garden for a Christmas gift. I’ll keep you posted on their progress!

Do you have the succulent bug like I do? What are your favorite types of house plants? Comment below and let me know!

How to Care for and Grow Succulents

Grow and Care for Succulents

16 thoughts on “How to Care for and Propagate Succulents

    1. Thanks so much, April! I think the trick is to wait until the soil is REALLY dry. I always feel the urge to water and have to fight myself not to!

  1. This is great. I love succulents because I find them easier to care for in my business life and it was not until I got my first succulent that I realized how amazing they are. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hahaha, if only children needed as little attention as succulents do. Water every two weeks and leave alone ad they thrive. Think that would work with kids?

    1. Love having plants in the house. Such an easy way to make things feel nice, and lots of them are good for cleaning the air too (I reccommend the Peace Lily to everyone I know)! Glad you found it useful!

  2. This is fantastic! I love that you followed up with pictures as well because I caught myself questioning what a “planting pod” was! haha These are always so pretty, but pricey! I look forward to growing my own soon now. Thank you! 🙂

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