Plant Succulent Cuttings 
with Soil Directly - Grow Your Own 🌱

Yes, you can plant succulent cuttings directly into soil! In fact, it's one of the easiest and most common methods of propagating succulents. Planting cuttings directly into soil allows them to establish roots and grow into new plants.

To successfully plant succulent cuttings directly into soil, follow these simple steps:

1. Choose healthy cuttings: Look for mature, healthy leaves or stems on your existing succulent plants. Make sure the cuttings are at least 2-3 inches long and have no signs of damage or disease.

2. Allow the cuttings to callus: Before planting, it's important to let the cut ends of the succulent cuttings dry and form a callus. This usually takes around 2-3 days. Placing the cuttings in a dry, shaded area will help speed up the callusing process.

3. Prepare the soil: Use a well-draining soil mix specifically formulated for succulents. You can either purchase a pre-made succulent soil mix or make your own by combining equal parts of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand. This type of soil allows excess water to drain away quickly, preventing root rot.

4. Plant the cuttings: Once the cuttings have callused, gently press the cut end of each cutting into the soil. Make sure the bottom 1-2 inches of the cutting is buried in the soil. If you're planting multiple cuttings, space them out to allow for proper air circulation and growth.

5. Water sparingly: After planting, water the cuttings lightly. Succulents are adapted to survive in arid conditions, so they don't require frequent watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings, and only water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

6. Provide proper light and temperature: Succulents thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Place your newly planted cuttings in a location where they'll receive at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. Additionally, make sure the temperature is within the optimal range for succulents, which is typically between 60-80°F (15-27°C).

7. Be patient: Succulent cuttings take time to root and establish themselves. It can take several weeks or even months for new growth to appear. During this time, continue to provide proper care by watering sparingly and ensuring they receive adequate light and temperature.

By following these steps, you can successfully plant succulent cuttings directly into soil and watch them grow into healthy, thriving plants. Remember to be patient and provide the right care, and soon you'll have a beautiful collection of succulents to enjoy!

Dedric Bednar
Reading, video games, succulent collecting

Dedric Bednar is a passionate succulent enthusiast, boasting an impressive collection of more than 100 distinctive succulent species. He takes pleasure in studying the myriad of varieties and their specific care techniques. When he's not tending to his succulents, you can find Dedric engrossed in a good book or immersed in the world of video games.