succulents in my garden - 4/11/14 (by flora-file)

the plants are so happy right now


Propagating Succulent by Leaf Cuttings and Beheading

If you caught my previous post, you know of my unsightly echeveria. Well, today was the day to give it a fresh start by creating little babies from it! This is my first time attempting to propagate by beheading the top of the plant so I followed Needs + Leaves guide (it’s an amazing post!).

Completely taking apart a succulent is so daunting, but I thought, what do I have to lose? Here’s what I did:

The Cutting:

  1. Took away all of the middle and bottom leaves by gently wiggling them side to side - they come off very easily!
  2. Sliced the remaining rosette off with a clean, sharp knife/shears
  3. Sliced a bit more of the stem because it’s so lengthy

The Initial Wait:

  • After removing all the leaves and the remaining rosette, I laid them on top of a bed of soil 
  • Waited a few days for the ends of the leaves and stem to callous over - usually if the leaves are removed cleanly, they don’t take longer to dry out, the stem may take a bit longer as the “wound” is larger

The Maintenance

  • Once everything is dry I leave my cuttings by the window with indirect sun
  • I mist lightly the cuttings twice a day (morning and night) though I know you can do it less if you water more thoroughly. My studio is very dry so I mist more but that’s just what I do

I’ll be posting progress photos at major milestones of this growth journey as they happen. Thank you to everyone who left tips previously!


This was the first time I tried the honey from the hive, having smelt it on and off for the past two years.  I wanted to wait until the bees had sufficient supply tucked away, and even now, took only a few frames.  It is so good:  rich and spicy and incredible thick, I cut out an inch square and ate it like a bear, with comb in my paw.  They work so hard to make this, it is truly precious stuff, full of the essence of every plant they visit.  Buzz buzz…


Gorgany, Ukrainian Carpathians (by Olga Krayevska)