So you got some cuttings....
Hey Plant Peeps!
You got some cuttings in the mail and now you are staring at them wondering what the fucculent you do next. Fear not my beloveds, you got this!!!
Here's a few hard and fast tips and tricks to have success with your new plant additions.
Let's talk dirt.
Soil actually. You need a soil medium that will drain quickly and not stay soggy. Can you just buy a bag of succulent soil mix - yes! Is it always the best choice - NO! Some mixes simply don't drain fast enough and you may need to add additional perlite. For the purists out there, mixing one's own soil may be the best option for your plants - the base is 60% good potting soil, 20% perlite, 20% grit. Those ratios can be adjusted to compliment your climate and the amount of watering you need to do. The faster the draining, the more you water, the slower the draining, the longer between watering. Hold on to something for a minute because YOU DO NOT NEED TO WATER YOUR PLANTS IMMEDIATELY. I typically don't worry about watering them until there are signs of root growth. I then water deeply so water runs out of the drainage hole. Did I mention your pot needs to drain because if I didn't, it does, and now you know? I know glass containers look cool and all, but they are a death trap for your succulents who need both well draining soil AND airflow. And for goodness sakes, fill your pot with soil to within 1-1/2 inch from the top of the pot. Again, for airflow reasons. If your plant is low in the pot, it has more chance to rot.
You should place your cuttings in filtered bright light for 6-8 hours. What the fucculent does that even MEAN?!?! I mean no actual sunshine on your plants until they are established. I mean, unless you want them to fry up like crispy bits of bacon.
Once your plants have roots, you can SLOWLY introduce them to more sun, starting with morning sun but afternoon shade. Why? Again, with the bacon thing, they will burn up if you do it too quickly.
Are there some loose leaves that came in the box? You can plant those, too. Just lay them on top of the soil. Some will be divas and die and others may show signs of new plant growth. Just leave them be. They are ready when the host leaf completely dries up.
Can you plant your cuttings in one pot? Yes, they actually do well when they have root competition.
Can you plant them individually? Also, yes! It's really a personal preference.
Some plants root a lot faster than others, so don't be discouraged!
Now go find a fun pot and plant something! Me? I'm gonna go cook up some bacon. It actually sounds really good right about now!