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.
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.
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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.
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.
Some of the larger ones have grown roots already, making them perfect for transplanting into a pot of soil right away.
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.
Plant the offshoots in trays of cactus soil which has a good balance of drainage to help these little plants thrive.
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.
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Now you have plenty of succulents, so you can make some of the many amazing succulent projects out there like this beautiful succulent wreath…
…or these vintage silver succulent planters.