Propagating succulents can be the most rewarding part of having a collection.
Propagating your plants allows you to create more of a desirable plant for your garden, share plants with friends, and save a dying plant. Here's our ten easiest succulents to propagate for beginners. 

Echeveria 'Purple Pearl'

Loved for the vibrant neon-purple foliage, this Echeveria is one of the easiest to propagate by leaf and tip cutting. Check out those hot pink roots!

Sedum rubrotinctum (Pork and Beans or Jelly Beans)

Turns bright red in full sun or green in shade. This hardy Sedum fills out container gardens and rock gardens quickly. Twist off the leaves and lay down on moist, well-draining soil. 

Echeveria 'Lola'

One of the most successful Echeveria grown from leaf. Beginners and long-time collectors love the perfectly round rosette and iridescent, pearly pink foliage. They sprout quickly and have high numbers of successful propagation by leaves.

Sedum nussbaumerianum

Tough in warm, sunny climates with low water. Propagates easily by leaf or tip cuttings. Wait for a scab to form (around one week) before planting in soil. This species has many variations in color and leaf form. 

Sempervivum arachnoideum (Cobweb Houseleek)

Fast growing and produces more offsets than you'll ever need! Propagate by cuttings and plant directly in moist soil and see roots form in about a week.

xGraptoveria ‘Debbie’

An intergeneric hybrid of Graptopetalum amethystinum x Echeveria sp. Propagates readily from leaves. It's always fun to watch their hot pink roots form. 

Graptopetalum paraguayense (Ghost Plant)

A beautiful hanging rosette succulent that turns orange, bronze, pink, and purple in different conditions. It is very easily propagated by leaves--you may even find one sprouting without your help.   

Sedum morganianum 'Burrito'

A hanging succulent that can reach up to 6' long strands. Leaves tend to fall off easily from stems because they are propagated this way in nature. 

Echeveria colorata 

Slow to start, but worth the wait. Echeveria colorata produces beautiful leaf sprouts with red tips from the beginning. Wait until the mother leaf completely dies before removing from the new plant. 

Echeveria lilacina (Ghost Echeveria)

Echeveria lilacina is a succulent we often find propagating itself. Leaves tend to curl up quickly which you can fix by planting leaves gently in soil with roots down and leaf up. 


Succulent Therapy: How to Get the Full Benefits of Gardening

Succulents have become increasingly sought-after because they are accessible for the beginning plant enthusiast. They are low-maintenance, colorful, and easy to use in projects. Did you know you can further deepen your experience with plants by creating an intentional mindset to de-stress and focus while gardening? Learn how to achieve the full benefits of gardening by connecting with loved ones, getting outside (even if you don't have a garden space of your own), practicing acceptance, and staying present. 

Connect with Loved Ones

Having niche interests helps us to connect with others on a deeper level. We can gain stronger relationships with others by having similar specialized interests. It also encourages us to be more inclined to educate ourselves further, because we have someone we know we can share it with.  

How to Counteract Social Isolation
-Share cuttings with friends. Succulents are easy to propagate and cuttings can survive long periods of time bare-root, making it an approachable hobby to share with beginners. Plants become keepsakes when gifted by someone else. Each time they care for the plant, they are reminded of your kindness. 

-Send a gift to a succulent lover in your life. COVID-19 has made it difficult to visit to travel and spend time with friends and family. Send a thoughtful gift to show that you're thinking about them. 

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-Join an online succulent community. Social media has given us the ability to connect with plant people all over the world. Share pictures of your garden, partake in succulent ID conversation, and learn tips from new garden friends. 

-Garden with your children. Succulents are not just for adults, kids are mesmerized by different colors and textures when they come into the nursery and are excited to take home a living plant to care for. It is always inspiring to see their enthusiasm and eagerness to be with nature. 

Get Outside 

Working from home has changed our daily lifestyles. Some of us no longer need to leave the house every day to commute to work. Checking in on our plants gives a rewarding reason to get out of the house and get some fresh air. 

If You Don’t Have Your Own Outdoor Space:
-Visit a local nursery. Make a day of it! Create a list of gardening supplies you need or succulents that are on your wishlist and support a local business. 

-Walk around your neighborhood. A walk around the block at golden hour can be a magical experience (and free!). Keep an eye out to see which plants are visited by pollinators and quiz your plant identification knowledge. Note how the landscapes change throughout the seasons and acknowledge succulents that thrive in your area.

-Visit an arboretum or botanical garden. Botanical gardens have landscapes that have been established for many years, which allows seeing succulents at full maturity. Botanical gardens are also commonly grouped by geographical area to show natural plant relationships. This expands our awareness of how plants grow beyond the 4" pot. Bring a camera and take pictures of landscapes that inspire you. 

 

Practice Acceptance

We’ve all experienced negative outcomes in the garden--a snail ate new seedlings overnight, a hard frost killed our favorite plant, a gopher ate the core of an Agave-- we’ve seen it all at Succulent Gardens. Experiencing downfalls enables us to grow and deeply appreciate when things do go right. Acceptance helps us to understand what is out of our control and make peace with the outcomes whether they are good or bad. Remember, gardening is always an experiment and an opportunity to learn. We bring our best efforts to the things we can control and let go of the rest. 

Be Present

Gardening can be a sacred activity where we bring our minds to focus without distractions. Being present helps us to listen to our plants and give them the attention they need while receiving the benefits of mindfulness.

An easy way to start is by observing your surroundings. For example:
-Try to observe how many hours your patio gets direct sunlight throughout the day.
-Can you observe any new blooms that are forming on your succulents?
-Listen for garden sounds. Can you hear grass moving? Bees buzzing or birds singing?

At Home Tip:  Creating a division in living spaces in your home helps to differentiate work and downtime. This can be a small apartment balcony with container gardens or a corner in your living room filled with indoor plants. Leave the phone out of sight to get a tech break.  

 Activities for Slowing Down:
-Clean dusty leaves and spider webs with a hose or damp rag. 
-Remove spent leaves and blooms.
-Create a succulent wishlist for future plant collecting. 
-Think about your dream garden. What elements are important to you?
-Fertilize your succulents. 
-Make a floral arrangement with succulent flowers and herbs from the garden.
-Meditate with a succulent mandala.

Conclusion

Gardening with succulents has the potential to be a meaningful activity to create positive change in our daily lives. With small steps toward slowing down, caring for plants can be a therapeutic experience for ourselves and to share with others. I hope that you can incorporate some of these changes to make your succulent gardening a more gratifying experience. 


Succulents are coveted for their year-round interesting foliage color. Unlike many other plants, you don't have to wait for flowers to see bright colors fill the landscape. Succulents come in every color of the rainbow--making it easy to design a color-rich landscape. 

It is important to note that succulents bring out their most vibrant colors when they are in the appropriate environment. Succulents are happiest in coastal full-sun, protected from direct afternoon sun in-land. If your plants are not showing vibrant colors, it's time to move them into more sunlight. 

Learn how to pair the plants you love with our succulent color guide. Listed below are our favorite succulents categorized by color. We’ve included not only foliage color, but spectacular blooms as well.

Yellow


Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ is always the star in a container garden. 

The yellow spines on Echinocactus grusonii is a great match for the bright yellow foliage on Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ 

Combine the soft foliage of Agave attenuata variegata and sharp-toothed margins of Aloe arborescens variegata 

Aeonium ‘Kiwi’
Aeonium ‘Sunburst’
Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'
Crassula ovata ‘Sunset’
Cotyledon ladismithiensis variegata
Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus)
Sedum adolphii
Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'
Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’ 
Yucca gloriosa ‘Bright Star’

Orange


Aloe deltoideodonta blooms coral-orange flowers that attract hummingbirds in winter.

Sedum nussbaumerianum comes in many different tones of orange. 




Aloe vanbalenii and Aloe juvenna are a muted orange-brown in full summer sun. 

Aeonium leucoblepharum
Aloe juvenna
Aloe plicatilis (flowers)
Aloe vanbalenii 
Aloe striata 
Euphorbia ‘Sticks on Fire’
Sedum nussbaumerianum

 

Red

    Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty' turns bright red in late Spring-Fall.

    Crassula nudicaulis var. platyphylla 'Burgundy' is bright red in Summer. 

    Aloe cameronii has bright burgundy foliage in Summer. 

    Both Echeveria minima and Crassula conjuncta have blue foliage and red margins. This pair has almost identical coloring but maintains interest with different textures.

    Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick' is named for its bright red leaf margins that appear in full sun. 

    Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’
    Crassula nudicaulis var. platyphylla ‘Burgundy’
    Crassula coccinea ‘Campfire’
    Crassula ovata var. compacta
    Echeveria agavoides ‘Lipstick’
    Echeveria pulvinata
    Kalanchoe luciae
    Kalanchoe sexangularis
    Sedum rubrotinctum

    Purple

      Mangave 'Purple People Eater' and 'Freckles and Speckles' are a great lavender addition for container gardens. 

      Aeonium 'Zwartkop' is a garden favorite for the dark purple foliage and bright yellow inflorescences in Spring. 

      Senecio jacobsenii becomes bright purple in full coastal shade. Sedum adolphii complements this perfectly, as yellow is the opposite color of purple on the color wheel.

      Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ 
      Echeveria ‘Black Prince’
      Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’
      Echeveria ‘Purple Pearl’
      Graptopetalum amethystinum 
      xGraptoveria ‘Debbie’
      Mangave ‘Lavender Lady’ 
      Mangave 'Purple People Eater'
      Pachyveria ‘Draco’
      Plectranthus neochilus (flower)
      Senecio jacobsenii

      Blue

      Echeveria ‘Giant Blue’ becomes blue in the center of the rosette at maturity.

      Senecio 'Skyscraper' and Agave attenuata 'Nova' are the perfect cool blue pair.

      Echeveria 'Boe Kari' and Echeveria 'Blue Prince' 

      Agave ‘Blue Flame’
      Agave ‘Blue Glow’
      Agave attenuata ‘Nova’
      Echeveria ‘Bluebird’
      Echeveria ‘Blue Prince’
      Echeveria elegans
      Echeveria x ‘Imbricata’
      Sedum rupestre ‘Blue Spruce’
      Sedum clavatum
      Senecio mandraliscae
      Senecio ‘Skyscraper’
      Senecio vitalis

      Green

      Aeonium undulatum provides a ruffled texture with undulating foliage. 

      Aeonium tabuliforme (Dinner Plate Aeonium) has a flat rosette and velvety soft foliage.

      Crassula lactea offers sweet, white star-shaped flowers that attract many pollinators in the garden. 

      Sempervivum 'Spring Beauty', 'Forest Frost', 'Jade Rose Bud' and 'Pluto' offer texture while staying compact in rock gardens.  

      Aeonium canariense
      Aeonium tabuliforme
      Agave attenuata
      Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
      Echeveria 'Mexicana'
      Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’
      Sempervivum arachnoideum
      Sempervivum 'Spring Beauty'


      Pink 

      Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ and Echeveria ‘Lola’ are an adorable pink pair.

      xGraptosedum ‘Bronze’

      Our stock plants of Crassula ovata have bright red leaf margins and hot pink flowers in winter. 

      Crassula perforata variegata turns various shades of pink when stressed 

      Echeveria secunda 'Clara' provides a halo of hot pink flowers. 

      Crassula pellucida ssp. marginalis variegata
      Echeveria ‘Afterglow’
      Echeveria ‘Giant Blue’
      Echeveria ‘First Lady’ 
      xGraptosedum ‘Bronze’
      Sedum tricolor

      White

      A swath of silver-lavender Cotyledon 'Happy Young Lady' 
      Dudleya brittonii becomes the specimen of this planter for it's white powdery foliage. 
      Dudleya brittonii 
      Cotyledon ‘Happy Young Lady’
      Crassula lactea (flowers)
      Crassula ‘Burgundy’ (flowers)
      Dudleya brittonii 
      Dudleya farinosa
      Echeveria lilacina
      Sedum spathufolium ‘Cape Blanco’
      Echeveria ‘Lola’ 
      Echeveria ‘Pollux’
      Kalanchoe pumila 
      Mammillaria senilis 
      Opuntia microdasys var. albispina
      Oreocereus trollii

      Brown

      Kalanchoe orgyalis (Copper Spoons) offers a soft, rust foliage which looks great with purple plants such as Mangave 'Lavender Lady'.

      Lithops spp. mimic the brown rocks and becomes an eye-catching container garden. 

      Even spine color can be used in design. Mammilaria spinosissima

      Echeveria ‘Brown Rose’
      Kalanchoe orgyalis
      Kalanchoe ‘Chocolate Soldier’
      Lithops spp.

       

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      Grower's Note: Winter Color

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      Succulents develop dazzling colors as a response to colder temperatures as well as other environmental stresses like changes in water and light during the winter months.

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      Cozy up this winter with a good book about succulents (or gift one to the succulent lover in your life.

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      We love this time of year!  Not only do we get to see many of our friends, but we also get to share the latest in all-things gardening. Here are a few tips to get the most of your time with us.

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