Happy Wednesday, chubby-plant lovers! ! Thanks so much to @ for tagging us in this beautiful picture of their dry propagation station !
Some of the questions I get a lot about propagation involve time! How long should you expect your leaf propagation to take? While it does vary species to species, below you'll find a basic timeline of what you can expect from picking leaves to having fully formed plants !
Cuttings should be left out for at least a week to thoroughly callus over, during which time they won't change much. In fact, your leaf cuttings may stay unchanged for a month or more before putting out roots or the beginnings of new growth, but by month two you should see some signs of new growth! Once your leaves produce new, pink roots, gently cover them in a layer of soil to protect them and encourage downward growth. By month three the mother leaves will probably start shriveling, but should be left attached until they detach naturally. This will happen between month 6 and 12, once there is significant growth in both the pups and roots and your new plants have sucked all the nutrients from the mother leaves !
The timeline will change based on various factors like time of year, humidity, light, exposure, and temperature, but in general in less than a year you'll have new succulents from leaf cuttings! Cacti and succulents that need stem cuttings will root and grow at vastly different rates !
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