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How to propagate sedum succulents

Sedum is an easy to care for plant that thrives in places where many traditional flowers won't. Propagation of the sedum succulent is simply a matter of knowing what steps to take and when to take them.

Choose one or two stems on the existing sedum succulent that are healthy and thick and have leaves. In general you want to avoid new growth and choose a well established stem.

Use sharp garden shears to snip off the stem close to the base. You need at least 2 inches of stem to begin the rooting process. Once you have trimmed the stem, use your garden shears to cut off all the leaves except the ones at the very top of the stem.

Dip the clean end of the stem in a rooting enzyme formula or willow bark tea. This helps the cutting get a head start on the rooting process.

Place the prepared cutting directly into loose potting soil. Ideally at least 1.5 inches should be in contact with the soil. This can be done in individual containers or wherever you want the plant to grow. Tamp the potting soil down around the cutting, but don't pack it, sedum succulents need good drainage and loose soil for their roots to grow and spread.

Water cuttings thoroughly. In order to form roots, the sedum needs regular watering and sunshine, which is why it is best to begin propagating sedum succulents in the spring. Since it is a perennial plant, the sedum succulent will come back with new growth each spring, and once rooted it is a virtually care free plant.

If you root your cuttings in a container they should be ready to place in the ground after three to four weeks.

Tip

It is possible to root the cuttings in a large glass of water before placing them in soil, but this is not necessary and could disrupt the roots more often than needed and may send the new plant into shock.

Warning

Most important when starting a sedum succulent is that while it will grow most anywhere, this plant will die if placed in compacted clay soil. Make sure that you use potting soil to start your sedum.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Rooting formula or willow bark tea
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Potting containers (optional)
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Suzanne Alicie is a professional writer and author who has been writing professionally since 2008. She has experience in gardening, communications and retail, as well as being a small-business owner. Alicie is an avid gardener and is happiest when digging in the dirt or grooming her flowerbeds.