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So far I have been unsuccessful propagating succulent leaves. I had an Echeveria that unfortunately got root-rot, so I saved all of the healthy leaves and they have only grown roots. I was wondering if you had any tips on the type of soil to use, propagating indoors vs outdoors, and watering techniques?


Echeverias can definitely be sensitive to over-watering; propagation is a great way to “save” your plant.

You’re asking the most important questions: soil, the best place to propagate, and watering. These are also topics that I cover in-depth in my ebook, The Secrets to Propagating Succulents!

First, you’ll want to be sure that your succulents are placed on well-draining soil. If the soil doesn’t dry out quickly, your leaves can rot, and you’ll be in the same place as your Echeveria was pre-propagation. This post offers some recipes for you to try if you don’t want to purchase pre-mixed soil (although this one from Bonsai Jack is my absolute favorite!).

Temperature and light are very important for propagating succulents. If you’re lucky enough to live in a temperate zone, or are in spring/summer right now, you should be able to propagate your leaves outside. If it’s heading into winter where you are, be sure to propagate indoors. You don’t want your leaves to freeze!

If propagating indoors, you may be wise to invest in a grow light. This will ensure your leaves are getting the proper amount of light.

If you’re only getting roots and no rosettes, you may need to “shock” the leaves into putting off new growth. It’s important to remember that not every leaf will put off roots or rosettes. To shock the root into trying again, tear off about half of the root growth from the leaf.

Continue to care for it as you have, and if you’re lucky, you’ll start to see a rosette in a few weeks.

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