As succulents grow they sprawl outwards and can outgrow their pot or container, at times getting quite unruly. This is when a good trim comes in handy. When succulents become etiolated or stretched out it can cause your once perfect succulents to look less desirable. Many succulent varieties will need trimming and pruning just like many other plants we love. This is not only to make them look better, but to control size, to shape them better, and my favorite part…to propagate them! I love how they continue to produce more plants.
When cutting succulents it is best to use clean scissors/clippers or a sharp knife. Most succulents can seal off damaged parts, although it is always best to quickly remove broken or dead leaves, stems and/or flower stalks. If plants are diseased, avoid spreading the problem by swabbing or dipping blades in alcohol before starting or when cutting lots of plants. New growth will typically emerge from where you make your cut so be sure to keep that in mind before making a cut.
Make sure to allow your new cuttings to callous over for 3-5 days (depending on your climate) before exposing them to wet soil or before watering. If soil is dry it is fine to place them back immediately into your pot or container.
Be sure to plant your new cuttings in well draining soil. The extra leaves can also be propagated as shown in our other videos. Be sure to check them out for additional info and tips.
Depending on what type of climate you live in can effect your succulent propagation success. Trimming succulents grown in-ground outdoors is best done in early spring just before new growth begins. Prune flowering varieties while dormant in the winter, or soon after blooming. Succulents are so forgiving and most are very easy to grow and maintain. They literally are the gift that keeps on giving.
The picture below was taken just before we pruned the planters.
In the picture below you will see the succulent planter COMPLETELY cut back and arranged again.
View this step-by-step tutorial video below
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