Propagating

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Hi friend! Sorry you’re having a rough time. I thought I’d show you the little propagation setup I have going. I accidentally knocked a couple leaves off my Graptosedum “California Sunset,” so I decided to try my hand at propagating, using a leftover mini pot from when I transplanted my Crassula rupestris.

I was thrilled when they started rooting, but worried since winter break was coming up, and I knew that propagating succulents needed to be watered more often than well established ones. Then, I discovered the little pot I had used fit perfectly into a small paper cup, and ding! a lightbulb went off in my head.

I filled the cup partway with water, then placed the pot in. The water wasn’t high enough to reach the top, but as it evaporated, it would keep the soil hydrated. To my delight, it worked beautifully! I came back to find happy little sprouts, much bigger than they were when I left. I decided to keep the rig as it was, since it seemed to work so well.

Top picture shows the babies themselves (aren’t they adorable? I’m such a proud momma). Second picture shows how the setup works. Third shows the babies with the parent plant they came from (I know, I desperately need to transplant it, I will be doing that very soon. Also, it was stretched out when I got it. I’m guessing it was kept in the dark during shipping. Apparently, Walmart isn’t the most informed when it comes to succulent care).

Hope you enjoyed my pics! I’m very proud of my babies, so I’m always happy to show them off ♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪

Aw they are so cute!!❤ that’s an awesome way to propagate, I’ve never though of that! Glad ur props and mama plant are doing well!! They’re beautiful! Thank you so much for submitting lovely 🌿💕

this is a post about writing, avert your eyes

there are stories in my head that i want to write because my mind keeps coming back to them, but because they require intense research/a very careful approach since they deal with extremely sensitive topics and i don’t want to propagate harmful messages, i keep putting the actual writing off. nothing is off limits if it is handled well, but i’m afraid that i won’t handle it well, that my characters are too rotten and unpalatable in the way that they deal with these things. above all that i am not the right person to write them. but at the same time if i don’t write these stories, they’re just going to fester in my head.

How to make succulent babies!

Step 1: Pick leaves
Gently twist the leaf near the base, it should snap off the plant cleanly. Good cuttings will be slightly rounded at the ends, and have no ‘open’ wound:

Bad cuttings will not grow, you need to make sure the whole leaf comes off in one go. Bad leaves are jagged, torn, or cut:

Step 2: Lay all cuttings inside on a piece of cloth.
I usually put a piece of old scrap material down on my desk and lie all the leaves out in rows. I try not to pile up the leaves, as this tends to promote rot. Do not water at all. AKA no misting the leaves, no watering the leaves, nothing. Everything the baby succulent needs to grow is stored in the mother leaf, watering may rot the leaf before the new plant is big enough to survive on its own! Make sure the leaves aren’t in direct sun, as they will wither before they form new plants. Filtered light from a window is strong enough!

Step 3: Waiting
After about 4 weeks you will start to see the first signs of life. The leaf may send out roots first, it may start to grow with no roots. Both are okay! 

Step 4: Planting (Start watering once a week at this stage)
After 6-8 weeks the baby succulents will be big enough to plant outside! I do this by placing the leaves on top of loose, sandy soil that has not been compacted. I do not bother burying the leaves, as it tends to do more harm than good (you may snap roots/damage new shoots in the process):

I place all the plants together, they don’t really seem to mind! These is how they look after about 10 weeks:

When the plants are big enough, the mother leaf will shrivel up and start to die off:

TADA! You’ve created baby succulents :)

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Looking so beautiful tonight 🙏🏻⛅️🌵🌙