For some reason succulents are really expensive compared to other plants. They are even pretty costly at wholesale prices. It seems kind of strange since they are usually really easy to grow via asexual propagation but they aren’t the fastest growers so while it is frustrating I guess it makes sense.
I’ve started up a collection of succulents for my future garden. I’m not sure exactly where or when it will happen but I know I want it to focus on Proteas and Succulents. So I’ve been buying small relatively inexpensive succulents and growing them on so they will be ready.
I bought these Echeveria ‘Violet Queen’ back in March as single rosettes in four inch pots. I immediately potted them up into gallon pots and they rewarded me by creating lots of little pups. E. ‘Violet Queen’ is a hybrid of E. elegans so fairly prolific. It can be a bit nerve wracking to separate them from the mother plant but in this case the pups separate quite easily.
The larger pups went into four inch pots and all the tiny ones into little two inch pots. I remove the lowest leaves so there is a little bit of stem and bury that in the soil. I waited about a week before giving them any water. It might even be better to wait longer. I just sort of wing it. I don’t have any precise formula. I just do what feels right to me. I’ve found ‘Violet Queen’ to be a little trickier than straight E. elegans so we’ll see how successful I am.
You can also propagate Echeverias via individual leaf cuttings but since I got over fifty plants just from separating pups that would have been overkill. It is best to only propagate what you can reasonably care for or have a need for.
Another plant that with a lot of pups was Echeveria colorata ‘Mexican Giant’. The mother plant is the huge one in the two gallon pot in the top right corner of the above picture. The one below it in the gallon pot was the largest pup and the four immediately to the left in the flat in four-inch pots were pretty big too. You can see by their size that when they were all attached they were busting out of their original pot (I wish I had remembered to take a picture).
The eight other plants on the left side of the flat are new two-inch plants I bought for a reasonable price at a local retailer and potted up. Hopefully they will grow and start reproducing too.
I love propagation but I have been traveling too much this year to start any plants by seed. Succulents are pretty forgiving. I divided up all these plants before a week long trip to New York and when I got back they were fine.
More succulent pics soon! It is time for a mesemb update.