How To: Propagate Succulents

Friday, November 13, 2015

Two Burro's Tails

I showed you how to propagate an irksome African milk tree cactus, so why not a more amenable succulent? This is a burro's tail (one of my favorites!), but I've also used this method to propagate jade plants as well. So it's a decently common approach to propagating most succulents with blobby leaves. No water-filled leaves? Then the African Milk Tree propagation might work better.

  1. Materials: A succulent with branches (or leaves) to spare, scissors, a pot with dirt (a second one, or the original)
    How To: Propagate a Burro's Tail Succulent
  2. Snip branch.
    1. Snip branch.
  3. Remove a few leaves from end of snipped branch
    2. Remove a few leaves from end of snipped branch
  4. Remove a few leaves from other end of snipped branch.
    3. Remove a few leaves from other end of snipped branch.
  5. Let leaves (and stems) sit for 3-7 days until end is dried.
    4. Let leaves sit for 3-7 days until end is dried.
    4. Let stems sit for 3-7 days until end is dried.
  6. After ends are dried, leaves might start to grow roots. Or maybe not.
    5. After ends are dried, they might start to grow roots
  7. Plant snipped branch 1" deep in pot, sprinkle rooting leaves on top of soil.
    6. Plant snipped branch 1" deep in pot, sprinkle rooting leaves on top of soil.

Done!
Two Burro's Tail Succulents
A couple months later, and I'd say the original is recovering nicely!
Burro's Tail
Burro's Tail

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