How to Propagate Echeveria Pups (or Babies or Offsets)

How to Propagate Echeveria Pups (or Babies or Offsets)

Echeverias are tough succulents that bloom in the spring as lovely rosettes. Understandably, you’d be curious about the best ways to propagate your Echeveria. The plant’s leaves are the most prevalent means of propagation for Echeverias.

How to propagate Echeveria Pups is so easy that our instructions cover everything and you’ll be amazed at your success when you try it. Read the instructions below, gather the various utensils you’ll need to do the job, start propagating. Simple as that!

Propagating Echeveria Pups

Be Prepared

What follows immediately hereafter is commonly thought of as the quickest propagation method.

However, you can also use seeds, offshoots, or plant stems from multiplying the plant.

For the infant plant to begin budding, use these measures and follow them with a healthy management routine.

You should develop a list of all the items you’ll need ahead of time if you’ve never propagated a succulent plant before so you’re prepared when the time comes to start the procedure.

It’s important to remember that these plants are quite delicate while they’re propagating. Therefore extra attention and care must be taken and when you’re handling the plant, please be extremely gentle. Keep reading to find out more:

Let’s Start

Echeveria pups can be propagated by removing the rosette from an Echeveria stem and using it as a stem cutting while leaving the stem’s base alone.

If you cut off the original, chopped-off stem, offsets will form that you can remove and replant as new plants.

Begin by taking a close look at the plant’s roots and any new clones beginning to form. Brush away any topsoil that has accumulated here if necessary.

Utilize a neat, sharp knife or a pair of pruning shears to cut off offsets that are still connected to the main plant’s stem.

Alternatively, try carefully tugging them away from the parent plant. If your offsets are more mature and have developed their root systems, take extra care to separate them without damaging the roots.

Then, for a few days, let them sit in a warm place with plenty of indirect sunlight so the cuts may callus over and any roots emerge before watering them again.

The offsets will be more resistant to rot and disease if you do this procedure before planting them in soil.

Prepare a growing container with fast-draining succulent soil for the puppies before planting them.

Pre-soak the earth with water, and if there’s any new growth below the rosettes (such as roots), place the plantlets in shallow holes and backfill with soil to provide support.

If you have only young ones, place the young buds, stems, and roots facing up on top of the dirt. While the plants are establishing themselves, please place them in a spot with plenty of indirect sunlight to help them thrive.

Water your plants sparingly for the following four weeks. You want the soil to be as dry as possible so that the root systems can grow and seek out water. To avoid over-wetting your garden, mist the soil thoroughly once a week.

When a gentle push on the young plants encounters resistance, they’ve rooted, and they’re ready to be repotted.

You’re cloning the Echeveria plant when you propagate it. This is a great way to spread a virus quickly. Let’s have a peek at the process.

Look for a Stable Subsidiary (Echeveria Pups)

These are the “pups” or baby plants that appear at the base of the plant’s stem. Find the branch and cut it off with a sharp knife or pruning shears. Before using your cutting tool, make sure it has been cleaned and disinfected.

Plant the Offshoot (Echeveria Pups)

After that, plant the branch in a small container filled with a potting mix that drains nicely. Closely pack the dirt around the rhizome until 1 to 2 inches of the rhizome are exposed.

Place in Part-Sunlight Environment

Away from direct sunshine, plant the branch where it will receive some sunlight each day. As the roots grow, you’ll want to give them additional attention by watering them more frequently.

Other Ways to Propagate Echeveria

Plants of the genus Echeveria are relatively easy to grow, perhaps even easier than most other succulents.

Unfortunately, completing your first propagation may require some trial and error, yet you should be ready to go after several trials.

Propagating Through Stems

Stem cuttings for the young plants are the quickest technique to reproduce Echeveria plants. This is also highly recommended because, as compared to leaf cuts, it has the highest success rate. Let’s have a look at how to do it.

Get Your Tools Ready

Gather and disinfect all of your tools first, if that hasn’t already been done. Any knives, scissors, shears, or gardening pruners needed to cut the plant are included. Alcohol wipes or soapy water can be used to sterilize your equipment.

Locate an Appropriate Stem

After that, choose a nice stem to cut. You might want to check that the Echeveria plant is in good shape.

Stems that are discolored or show signs of stress, such as withering or yellowing leaves, should be avoided.

Peel the leaves on the lowest 2 to 4 inches of the stem once you’ve found an adequate plant.

Allow the Cuttings Dry

Allow time for the cutting to dry for anywhere around 24 and 48 hours. During this time, make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight.

Set Out the Cuttings

After that, plant the cutting in the soil, making sure the dirt is 2 to 4 inches high on the stem.

Water the stem now and then to ensure that it continues to get nutrients from the soil. In about 4 to 5 weeks, you should see new roots emerge.

Propagating Through Seeds

Seeds take longer to germinate and mature into root plants, so propagating your Echeveria plant with them may take a little longer than the other techniques.

Let’s have a look at how to do it.

Get the Propagation Pans Ready

To begin, clean the Propagation Pans to ensure that hazardous germs do not contaminate the seeds. It’s essential to keep in mind that these pans should be small and shallow.

You can add perlite or pumice to your seed-growing medium to improve drainage. Cover the container with soil until about an inch below the rim is reached.

Sow Your Seeds

Next, plant the seeds in the dirt, ensuring that they’re not too close together. After that, cover the pan with glass or transparent plastic film and place it somewhere where it will get some sun.

Keep in mind that too much sun will harm the seedlings. Therefore a somewhat covered place with some sunlight will suffice.

Moreover, retain the temperature about 70 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that the seeds endure the germination period

Move the Plant to a Pot

Transplant the seeds to permanent pots for future growth once you see them sprouting.

Propagating Echeveria from A Leaf

An Echeveria plant can be propagated from a leaf. To do so, take a healthy leaf from the plant and let it dry for 24 to 48 hours until it produces a scab.

Planting the leaf in well-draining soil and setting it in a spot in which it can get partial sunlight every day are the following steps.

You should spritz the foliage a couple of times a week and water the pot lightly once a week.

Propagating Echeveria from Stems

Echeveria stems can be propagated by cutting them off the plant with pruning scissors or a utility knife and replanting them.

Remember to create an even, smooth cut because the plant might be easily destroyed if you don’t.

Before re-potting, the stem will need to recover for anywhere between 24 and 72 hours.

Using a well-draining soil mix and packing the material around the stem about 1 to 2 inches up from the bottom are the best methods for repotting the stem.

Provide enough light for the plant, but avoid direct sunlight, which could shock it. Wait to water the plant until you notice stems growing on the leaves before you do so.

Propagating Echeveria in Water

Echeveria plants can be propagated in water. Indeed, water will replace soil as the growing medium, and the process is quite similar to that of propagating plants.

Before putting your plant cutting in the water, give it time to become callous, which can take anywhere from 3 days to 1 week.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to get a clean mason jar and fill it halfway with spring water. To be on the safe side, fill it up to around 2 to 3 inches from the brim if possible.

The roots will be entirely submerged in the water as a result of this arrangement.

Make sure the plastic wrap is securely fastened on the sides to go into the mason jar before covering it with another layer of plastic wrap.

When you’re done, place the container in a location where it will get some light each day but not direct sunshine.

The next step is to wait for the roots to form, which usually takes between 5 and 8 weeks.

Place the cuttings in a well-draining soil mix and water as necessary after they arrive.

At the same time, make sure that you keep the plant out of direct sunlight to avoid getting too stressed.

Final Thoughts

Amongst the GG Tribe, some of us have performed many of these ‘surgeries’ (or midwifery duties) quite successfully – having ‘delivered many babies or pups’ over the years – and above are the rules we followed.

The main thing is to keep calm and keep going through all the stages, and you’ll end up doing a fantastic job that you’ll be proud of yourself!!

If something happens to break your concentration and interrupt your process, you won’t go wrong, but just so you keep everything going right, mentally run a checklist, then pick up where you left off.

Keep your pace nice and slow, don’t rush anything as that’s how you make mistakes. Focus and gently get the job done properly.

There’s an allegory going round that speaks of plants being able to feel our emotions.

Recently we heard that new research has been done in the futuristic field of plant neurobiology on this matter.

The upshot of that research is that despite plants not having neurons or brains, there is something that rings true about plants sensing our feelings.

We were told they also enjoy being spoken to in a happy way and they like peaceful or serene music! No member of the GG Tribe can verify this. It’s probably just a rumour – but a nice one. Naturally we don’t subscribe to such ideas.

We tried to explain this to our plants the other day. Of course first we had to turn down the music, and stop a couple of the tribe members singing and talking in happy voices to their plants!

Jennie Marie

Tribal Writer


Edited By

Patricia Godwin




Patricia Godwin

Patricia has many years of experience as a content writer on various subjects, but her first love is gardening. She’s never met a plant she didn’t like and, consequently, she writes about every type of plant you can think of. Once an avid gardener with a herb garden, a succulent rockery, and a rose garden – to mention a few. Nowadays, she’s constantly on the move searching for interesting plants to bring to your attention; and explain to you all the details you need to grow, care and maintain these plants.

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