Succulents seem to be everywhere right now. From home and garden magazines to Instagram shots, these happy little green plants are trending – and for good reason! Hardy and easy to take care of, succulents are the plants that even those lacking a green thumb can appreciate. Read on to learn how to grow succulents from cuttings, and why we love them on the Eminence Certified Organic Farm.
Grow Succulents From Cuttings
When we say that succulents are easy to care for, we’re not exaggerating. In fact, according to Better Homes and Gardens: “Succulents thrive on a bit of neglect.” Additionally, unlike many other houseplants, you can grow succulents from cuttings in five easy steps.
Step 1: Remove Succulent Leaf
From an existing succulent plant, either take a fallen leaf or carefully pluck a leaf. Do not pluck too high up – a little stem coming off with the leaf is better than plucking too close to the top of the plant. Ensure the leaf is clean and dry and set aside.
Step 2: Add Drainage
Taking a container of your choosing (upcycling an Eminence Organic Skin Care jar is a great option!), place a single layer of gravel or rocks on the bottom to provide your new plant with plenty of drainage (succulents like drainage!).
Step 3: Add Soil
Cover the rocks with soil – but do not pack down. Loose and aerated soil = happy, rooted succulent plant.
Step 4: Place Leaf
Lay your succulent leaf on top of the soil. There is no need to plant or bury the leaf in the soil.
Step 5: Lightly Water
Lightly water the soil near the leaf bud. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering again. Do not over water your plant. Your succulent should start to grow in a few weeks!
Succulents On The Eminence Certified Organic Farm
One variety of succulent, often referred to as “stone crop” in Hungary, abounds on the Eminence Certified Organic Farm and throughout the country. Supposedly, in the 8th century, Hungarians even received a tax credit from the King for planting stone crop all over the roofs of their houses for protection from thunder, lightning and witchcraft.
Benefits Of Succulents
In addition to being a natural decorative touch, succulents have many other benefits. Featured in Eminence Organic Skin Care’s Stone Crop Collection, many succulents are deeply hydrating and nourishing for dry skin. Aloe vera likely comes to mind when thinking about succulent skin care, but prickly pear and yucca are other examples of succulents with skin care benefits.
Additionally, just like other houseplants,succulents are good for your health. They release oxygen – providing cleaner air, helping you sleep more soundly at night and improving focus and productivity by as much as 15%. We adore our stone crop garden on the Eminence Certified Organic Farm and, with so many benefits, we’re sure you understand why!