Succulent Experiment, Growing Three Ways

January 10, 2013

When I replanted these succulents, I used a few cuttings and terra cotta pots to start an experiment. I’ve read about growing succulent cuttings in two ways. When you cut off a stem or piece to replant, you can stick that stem in soil immediately, or you can leave it out in the open for 3 to 4 days to callous and harden the ends. Succulents root so easily, being left to dry out for a few days helps the plant not to retain moisture and rot when placed in soil.

I wanted to test this theory, so I set up three conditions. First, a normal cutting. No callousing, no rooting hormone, just a cutting stuck in soil. Second, a calloused cutting. I left this one out for 3 or 4 days to dry out and callous the raw ends. And third, a cutting with rooting hormone. I don’t know how the rooting hormone will affect this type of plant (I’ve mainly used it on hydrangea cuttings) but I’m curious to find out. I’ll let you know what I find!

Copyright Whitney Curtis 2010-2013

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