My lack of success with most greenery isn't due to a black thumb, but a more embarrassing problem: I just forget about them.
Turns out, succulents are the plant for me because not only can they survive while neglected, they thrive because of it! Root growth happens most often during drought conditions (they're seeking out water), so if I forget to water them for a week or so, it's probably better. :)
I have....um..... Quite the collection going.......!
And these are just the ones waiting for some growth before I move 'em...! But here's the best part--My collection was close to free! Succulents are so easy to transplant and grow that you can take a piece of an existing plant to grow a whole new one. Just ask succulent-loving friends and family (or neighbors! Or total strangers!) if you can take a little piece of their plants; if you can get a little of the root then you're golden, but you can use trimmings too. Just make sure you have at least an inch of stem if you use a trimming, and let them sit in a cool dry place for a day or two before you plant those.
Letting them sit un-planted lets them scab over just a bit, which makes them take in less water right away when you plant them. Which is good for a succulent, remember?
I've had some success with propagating succulents from leaves too, which is pretty cool!
I'm doing experiments with this to see in which conditions they thrive best, so I'll get back to that once I know more. But it's pretty cool so far!
|Roots and a baby plant on a succulent leaf // paper towel propigating|
|succulent leaf propagating on soil in a loaf pan|