Boost Plant Growth with Trimming - 🌱 Grow Stronger

Yes, trimming and propagating can encourage plant growth in succulents.

Trimming and propagating are two essential techniques that can help your succulents grow and thrive. Let's dive into each method and explore how they can benefit your plants.


Trimming involves removing dead or damaged leaves, stems, or branches from your succulent. By doing so, you allow the plant to redirect its energy towards healthy growth. Here are a few key points to keep in mind when trimming your succulents:

1. Remove dead or yellowing leaves: Dead or yellowing leaves not only detract from the overall appearance of your succulent, but they can also attract pests or diseases. Gently pluck these leaves from the base of the plant using your fingers or a clean pair of scissors.

2. Prune overgrown stems: If your succulent has long, leggy stems, it may be a sign that it's not receiving enough sunlight. Pruning these stems can encourage the plant to grow more compact and bushy. Use a sharp, sterile pair of pruning shears to trim the stems just above a leaf node, where new growth can emerge.

3. Encourage branching: To promote branching, you can trim the top of your succulent. This technique is called "beheading." Cut the top portion of the plant, leaving a few inches of stem below the rosette. Allow the cut end to callus over for a few days, then plant it in well-draining soil. With time, new growth will emerge from the cut end, resulting in a fuller and more robust plant.


Propagating succulents involves growing new plants from existing ones. It's a fantastic way to expand your succulent collection and encourage growth. Here are a few methods of propagation:

1. Leaf propagation: Gently remove a healthy leaf from the base of your succulent. Allow the leaf to dry and callus over for a few days. Then, place the leaf on top of well-draining soil, ensuring that the base makes contact with the soil. Mist the soil occasionally to keep it lightly moist. After a few weeks, tiny roots will start to form, followed by a new plantlet emerging from the base of the leaf.

2. Stem cutting propagation: Using a sharp, sterile knife or scissors, cut a healthy stem from your succulent. Allow the cutting to dry and callus over for a few days. Plant the cutting in well-draining soil, burying it about an inch deep. Water the soil lightly and place the cutting in a warm, bright location. Over time, the cutting will develop roots and new growth, resulting in a new plant.

3. Offsets or pups: Some succulents produce small offsets or pups around the base of the main plant. These can be gently separated from the parent plant and potted individually. Ensure that each offset has some roots attached. Plant them in well-draining soil and care for them as you would with mature succulents.

By trimming and propagating your succulents, you not only encourage new growth but also have the opportunity to expand your collection. Remember to provide your succulents with the right care, including adequate sunlight, well-draining soil, and appropriate watering. With a little patience and attention, your succulents will flourish and bring you joy for years to come.

Meredith Hyatt
Hiking, reading, experimenting with soil mixes

Meredith Hyatt is a passionate succulent grower with over a decade's experience in nurturing and propagating these resilient plants. She takes pleasure in experimenting with varying soil compositions and breeding new plants from cuttings. When she's not immersed in her succulent garden, Meredith takes to the trails for some hiking or unwinds with a good book.