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Is It Better To Propagate Succulents In Water Or Soil?

Succulents are a great choice whether you are looking for a new plant for your garden or you would like to add a bit of variety to your indoor garden. One of the great things about succulents is that they are extremely tough plants. While they are physically quite sensitive and even a slight nudge can easily break off a leaf, in terms of the climate and the physical environment that they can live in, your options are endless. You don’t have to do much to get a succulent to grow and live a healthy life. In fact, succulents do much better when they aren’t the center of attention and aren’t getting fed something every few hours. By design, succulents are meant to live in sparse conditions and they strive in dry environments.

While adult succulents can live in near-desert conditions and have adapted to arid conditions much like cacti have, for baby succulent plants, things are a little different. They need a little more fuel to develop their roots and start growing, but even after they have sprouted just a couple of leaves, they can be left alone to grow on their own.

If you have a succulent that has had a few leaves knocked off, or you are looking to expand your succulent collection, then your best choice is to use existing leaves to start new plants. In doing so, you have the option to either place the leaves in soil or you could use water to help them grow hydroponically.

Here are a few things you should consider if you are trying to decide whether to grow succulents in soil or water.

1.  Plant Health

You might not realize this at first, but once the new plant starts to propagate in the water and it’s been a few days, you will notice the root system and even the body of the plant itself is being influenced by the fuel source. More specifically, when you grow succulents from water you will be using a bag or a bottle. To hold up the succulent, you might use cling film or some kind of net that the original leaf or stem can hang from. This layout influences the root systems structure and also the structure of the leaves. This space restricts the plant, and leaves and roots might not grow to be as healthy as they otherwise would. You also need to consider the container size if you are growing them in a container with soil. However, while the leaves or stems lay flat on the soil, it has a more stable surface to grow on and the plant can grow into its natural shape as it is not being stressed by its own weight. If you can design the water growth system properly, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you are having trouble, then using soil will give you better results.

2.  Time

If you are in a hurry to get your baby succulents growing, then soil might be a better choice. They don’t take more time in the water,  but you run a higher risk of spoiling the plant. Moreover, if you learn about succulents and specifically the kind that you are looking to grow, you will notice that there is a huge variation in how much time they take to grow. While some can germinate in a matter of days, others can take several months. Plus, the time it takes for them to grow also depends on how much light, air, and water they are getting.

3.  Type Of Succulent

When you are looking to grow succulents, whether in water or soil, you need to consider how you are going to get the mother plant. Generally, succulents are either grown using the stem, the leaf, the offsets, or the seeds. Depending on which kind of plant you have, you can use any of these methods. Not every plant will grow from the leaf, and not every plant will grow from offshoots or stems. If you are using seeds, then you will need to use soil, and placing the seed in water will only rot the seed. If you are using stems and leaves, then you can use a wider variety of plants. Overall, soil is your safest bet as they will all grow in soil, but not all will grow in water.

If you can give your plant the right conditions, then you can easily get any kind of succulent growing healthily and quickly. These plants will only require your attention in the initial germination process. Once they have sprouted a few leaves, you can set them in a pot or in the garden and let them be. They also make fantastic indoor plants, and considering how little maintenance they require, they won’t make a mess at all.

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