When is the best time of year to propagate succulents? If you think summer is the only time you can propagate succulent cuttings, I have great news for you! I found an easy trick that makes propagating succulents in the winter almost as easy as it is during the summer. Keep reading and I will show you exactly how to propagate succulents in winter…
It’s extremely easy to propagate succulents in the summer. All you have to do is stick a succulent leaf cutting in dirt and walk away.
In fact, rooting succulents during the summer is so easy that sometimes they don’t even need your help. The succulent leaves that fall from the plant will just root themselves in the dirt.
Succulent plant propagation during the winter is a different story. During the winter, succulent plants go into a dormant state, and rooting succulent cuttings is much more challenging.
Can You Propagate Succulents In Winter?
Yes, you CAN propagate succulents in winter… and it doesn’t have to be difficult either!
I discovered a way of easily propagating succulents from leaves during the winter – and it was completely by accident. Here’s how it happened….
How To Propagate Succulents In Winter
As you can see, I have this wonderful ledge next to my south facing window where my indoor succulent plant collection lives during the winter. One day, I found a leaf that had fallen off one of these plants had roots and new growth!
When the leaf fell from the plant, it landed on the adjacent window frame. It’s a cold but sunny spot, where the succulent leaf received moisture from condensation on the window.
When I found the baby succulent plant growing on the window ledge, I was intrigued. I wanted to see if this was a fluke or something that would work all the time.
So, I took a few more leaf pieces that had fallen from the various indoor succulents I have, and put them on the window frame. Sure enough, I was able to start growing succulents from leaf cuttings I added to the ledge too!
After a few weeks, these succulent leaf cuttings started to put on new growth, and the roots became fuller. Woohoo!! This is going to be my new method of propagating succulents from cuttings during the winter.
These succulent cuttings didn’t need any special care from me, and rooted just fine on their own. But, if you want to try this method of propagating succulents in winter, and would like to get your succulent cuttings to root faster, try dipping the cut end into rooting hormone before putting it by the window.
Taking Cuttings From Succulents
Succulents can be propagated by leaf or stem cuttings. All you need to do is carefully break or cut off a piece of the leaf or stem from your succulents. Now, you’re ready to start propagating.
One thing to keep in mind when propagating succulents from leaf cuttings is that when you break off a leaf, make sure you get the whole thing. A half broken succulent leaf won’t root. You can see in the photo below examples of both a bad leaf cutting (on the left), and a good one (on the right).
The end of the leaf on the left was broken when I tried pulling it from the plant, and that one won’t root. The leaf on the right has a clean break, so I’ll be able to propagate it.
Learn more about taking cuttings from succulents, and get step-by-step instructions for growing succulents from cuttings in my detailed post: How To Propagate Succulents From Cuttings.
Planting Propagated Succulent Cuttings
Have you ever wondered how to plant succulent cuttings? The good news is that potting succulent cuttings is pretty simple too.
It’s easy to figure out when to plant succulent cuttings, they’re ready to be planted as soon as the cuttings start growing roots.
Succulents are very sensitive to being overwatered though, so it’s important to use potting soil that is specifically made for succulents when planting a succulent cutting. You can buy potting soil for succulents, or you can make your own succulent soil using my recipe.
If you’re propagating succulent stem cuttings, you can simply plant the rooted stem piece into the soil like you would pot a plant. But, if you are growing succulents from leaves, then be careful not to plant them too deep.
To plant rooted leaf cuttings, lay the leaf on top of the soil and gently cover only the roots with a thin layer of soil. If the roots aren’t very long yet, you can just leave the leaf sitting on top of loose soil, and the roots will find their way in as they grow longer.
Winter Succulent Cuttings Care Tips
Growing succulents in winter is very easy. Once you have potted up your rooted cuttings, you can care for them just as you would any other succulent plant. Just keep in mind that since succulents go dormant during the winter, so you may not see much growth on your cuttings until spring.
Light: Put your succulents inside, in a sunny window where they will get lots of light. If you don’t have a sunny window to put them in, then you should add a grow light.
Water: Tiny succulent plants can easily wash away or be dislodged when you water them. For that reason, you may find it easier to mist the small succulent plants rather than watering them, just until they get a little bigger.
Bottom watering your baby succulents would also work, but it can be more difficult to tell if you’re over watering them when you water from the bottom. If you have trouble giving your small succulents the correct amount of water, I recommend using a soil moisture gauge.
Fertilizer: Succulents don’t need to be fertilized during the winter, but will benefit from being fed during the spring and summer months.
Read my detailed succulent plant care guide for more tips on taking care of succulents.
If you find it difficult to propagate succulents during the winter, give this method a try. It’s a fun experiment, and a great way to keep busy during the long winter months. If it works for you, stop back and let me know.
Do you want to learn more about plant propagation, and be able to propagate any plant you want? You’ll love my Plant Propagation Made Easy eBook! It will teach you all the basic methods for propagating any plant you want, as well as how to care for your new plants. You will get hooked on propagating your plants for sure! Download your copy today!
If you don’t have any succulent plants yet, you definitely need to add some to your houseplant collection! They are fun and easy (and addicting!) to grow! You can buy succulents online (this is a great source), or find quality succulent plants at your local garden center.
Recommended Books On Succulents
- Plant Propagation Made Easy eBook
- Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties
- The Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents
- Idiot’s Guides: Succulents
- Growing Succulents Indoors
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Do you propagate succulents in winter? Leave a comment below and share your tips for propagating succulents.