I guess this post should be more appropriately titled “How to cut pups from succulents” but you have to admit, “How to get free succulents from Leaf & Clay“ sounds pretty darn enticing too, right?
Either way, I’m gonna show you how it’s done!
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So how DO you get free plants?
Well, as it turns out, succulents (and in this case, echeveria) put out lots and lots of pups from under (and along the stem of) the mother plant. These pups are clones of their mama and will eventually grow to be new plants so when I saw this echeveria in my last order from Leaf & Clay, I was super excited!
Yay! free plants!
PS – did you catch the review post where I ordered SIXTY-FIVE cacti and succulents from Leaf & Clay? Check it out HERE.
This ONE echeveria gave me FOUR extra babies (with one on the way!).
Oh, before I forget – it’s best to propagate pups right before the mother plant is waking up from dormancy. Peep THIS PIN for a succulent dormancy table. If your plant is “winter dormant” for example, that means they do most of their growing in the summer. Be sure to *pin it* to your own boards for future reference!
How to cut pups from succulents:
This is what my new little beauty looked like once I unwrapped her from the shipping tissue (and yup! – that bloom was perfectly fine all the way from Leaf & Clay in California!). You can see the little pups already poking their pretty little rosettes out.
The very first thing that I wanted to do was to remove any and all dead leaves. You never know what sort of nasties can hide in there (like bugs, fungus, and bacteria) so it’s best just to get those on out of there. Love how my nifty tweezers allow me to get right up under the plant and pull them without damaging the rest of the succulent!
Tip: Keep a pair of tweezers in your succulent area – they are PERFECT for when you cut pups from succulents! They work well for SO many uses. Some other tools that I keep are scissors, pointy skewers, and soft bristled brushes.
Snip off the little baby close to the mama plant. I like to wait until the pups have roots but it’s fine if they don’t they will make their own eventually. Make sure the scissors (or whatever you use) are sterilized with alcohol.
Add that to the “things I keep in my succulent arsenal” as mentioned above.
Here is mama echy all cleaned up. I forgot to mention timing. How do you know WHEN to cut pups from succulents? Well, it certainly doesn’t hurt the mama plant to leave them and it’s actually best to wait as long as possible. The older the pups are, the easier it is to keep them healthy and the easier it is for them to “make it” on their own.
Did you ever hear the story of the three little pups? You didnt? Neither did I *giggles* Anyway, here they are with roots that I clipped from the mother plant. Since they have the little roots, I’m gonna go ahead and stick them in soil instead of waiting for the cut edge to callous (mainly ’cause I don’t want the roots to wither and die).
When to water?
Well, to put it simply, if they don’t have straws (ie roots) then they don’t need any water since they don’t have a way to drink it up yet. That’s not to say that a little teensy amount of moisture in the soil won’t help – because it can – you just don’t want the soil saturated while you’re waiting on the little pups to grow roots.
Okay, so how do you know when there are roots?
We knew our plants had roots (because we saw them) but what if your pups didn’t have any?
Give the plant a little tug. Is there any resistance?
If there isn’t any (and it’s literally only been a few days) then it probably doesn’t have roots and doesn’t need to be watered. You CAN, however, put a few drops of water around the outside of the little rosette to encourage root growth but don’t get the soil saturated by any means.
If you live in a ultra humid environment, you can skip this step since the soil will absorb moisture from the air and in turn will provide just enough to the plant. *I have literally watered my plants from the humidity alone this summer.*
Looking back I wish I had left these on the mother plant just a littttttle bit longer but if I had, then I wouldn’t have been able to do this demo! What are some of your favorite ways to propagate pups? Let me know in the comments below!!
Oh, and by the way. There really IS a way to get free succulents from Leaf & Clay. When you check out, you’ll get a special link to share. When your friends make purchases using your link, you’ll earn 10% of their purchase! Pretty sweet, right!?