How To Divide Succulents Easily And Inexpensively

Thrifty Gardening: How to Divide Succulents

If your succulents are starting to look a little scraggly or maybe sending out a bunch of offshoots, it’s a great time to easily and inexpensively increase your collection by using this guide on how to divide succulents.How to Divide Succulents easily and inexpensively!

Some succulents, like Sedum, can be simply divided by tearing off a clump of the plants with roots and tucking it into the soil in another spot. This is true for most of the hardy Sedum ground-cover-type plants known as Stonecrop. For upright Sedum such as Sedum “Autumn Joy,” it can be as simple as removing a stem and setting the stem in soil.Various sedum and other succulents

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Choosing Succulents and many other tips for how to keep them alive (and thriving!)

Dividing succulents like Sempervivum is also very easy, and many will simply do the work for you by sending out smaller offset plants on a runner.How to care for succulents - especially when they look like this

The rosette of many “hens” will send a large number of “chicks” which is what gives them the name “Hens and Chicks.” You can see in this large Sempervivium that the chicks are forming underneath the plant.

Dividing Succulents via

Some of the larger ones have grown roots already, making them perfect for transplanting into a pot of cactus and succulent soil mix right away. Succulent Offshoots for Transplanting via

Remove these runners by cutting the stem as close to the base as you can. Cut the stem of the offshoot to be about an inch or two long and leave the end cut to dry in a cool, shady place for a day or so.Trimming Succulent Offshoots via

Plant the offshoots in trays of cactus soil which has a good balance of drainage to help these little plants thrive.Propagating Succulents via

Water sparingly until they have set up some strong roots. When they are large enough, it’s time to transplant them to their new homes around the garden.Small Planter with Succulents via

Love succulents? Me too! check out the Essential Guide to Succulents here:This is THE Guide to caring for succulents - choosing, planting, water, light, pruning and even container ideas

Now you have plenty of succulents, so you can make some of the many amazing succulent projects out there like this beautiful succulent wreath

How to divide succulents

…or these vintage silver succulent planters.Dressing up vintage silver with cool succulents

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Kim Smith
    Kim SmithMarch 18,14

    I am very interested in succulents as I make and plant hypertufa troughs. But I didn’t divide up the succulents in the fall. I thought I should wait until spring when they have the growth spurt, and then the full year to establish. I am in Ohio zone 6, so it may be different here. But love your photos. Thanks.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseMarch 21,16

      You can divide them anytime really, but the best time is when they need it and start looking crowded or scraggly.

  2. Alexis
    AlexisMarch 21,16

    Hello! I don’t have runners but offshoots of a main stalk, how do I separate those? It is the same variety in your picture for your essentials guide. Thanks for any help!

  3. Laura Withers
    Laura WithersAugust 4,17

    Hi, I have a Lacey Aloe. It’s so over crowded in its pot I struggle to water it. It has recently grown 3 really long shoots that flowered. Do I just use step one? Many Thanks :)

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseAugust 8,17

      Hi Laura, you can remove it from the pot and gently feel around the roots, if it seems that there are places where smaller plants will break off easily, you could remove those and replant them in multiple containers. Keep us updated!

  4. Judy Miller
    Judy MillerAugust 13,17

    Can you tell me how to propagate thornless blackberry ? My 2 bushes have gone super crazy sending 6 to 8 foot stems all over the place. We want more bushes so need to know how to do it right. Thanks for all your info on succulents as just getting into them.

  5. Carrie Ann
    Carrie AnnOctober 19,17

    What kind of soil?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 26,17

      I always use cactus and succulent soil mix for all cactus and succulent projects.

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