If you have trouble in Echeveria propagation through leaves, here’s another option that will result in many Echeveria pups.
I bought this Echeveria Blue Sky plant two years ago. It was a small but healthy plant. I potted it in a small terracotta pot and placed it in a spot that received the morning sunlight. Eventually, beautiful flowers also bloomed on this plant.
But no matter how much I tried, it didn’t grow bigger or grew another rosette. I tried to propagate it using leaves but failed. The leaves would grow lots of roots, but would dry out completely after that, without growing any baby plant. I had success in propagating other Echeveria varieties through leaves, except for this one.
I usually like my succulents in pots, but I decided transplant it to my garden bed hoping that it would propagate better in a larger space. And I was right.
The first picture is of the plant after I planted it in soil. It started growing a new head just a few weeks after I moved it here. The second picture was taken when the baby Echeveria rosette was as big as the parent.
I wanted to propagate the succulent some more, so I cut one of the rosette and planted it elsewhere. I was actually very nervous about it. Since I didn’t have any success in propagation through leaves, I wasn’t expecting much.
You cannot imagine my joy when a few weeks later 4 tiny buds appeared around the area of the cutting.
Below you can see the growth of the baby rosettes. The first picture was taken in June 2021.
Echeveria Propagation – June 2021 to Sept 2021
This picture was taken in Sept 2021. I am actually surprised by the quick growth of these rosettes.
Now that spring as arrived in Sydney, I am hoping these will grow more in the coming months.
The other half of the cutting started growing fine roots after I planted it in a sunny spot. It is growing well too.
For cutting the rosette, use a sharp blade to make a clean cut. You can either cut a potion of the rosette or completely cut off the rosette from the main plant. Let the cutout dry for a day before planting it in soil.
Sunlight – Currently, these succulents are receiving a few hours of the morning light. Harsh sunlight can damage the leaves. Ideally, 4-6 hours of sunlight is good for them.
Water – I water only when the top 2 inch of the soil has completely dried. We have also started getting good rain the past few weeks. I skip watering after the rain. During winter months I would water every 3 weeks or month, depending on the dryness of the soil. During summer months, I water them every week.
Fertilizer – I haven’t used any fertilizer yet.
I hope you found this post helpful. Enjoy propagating your succulents.