Is it possible to grow succulents without roots? In this post, I will share with you tips on how to grow succulents without roots.
One of the things that I really love about succulents (I bet you too) is their ability to grow from leaves and stems. They can easily thrive with almost no effort on your part.
Back then when I was started, I had only a few of the succulent varieties. But from there, I was able to generate more and more plants.
The reason being is that succulents are too easy to propagate. You can in fact grow succulents without roots.
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How to Grow Succulents without Roots?
My favorite way of succulent propagation processes is using either leaves or stems. These are the parts of the plant that are incredibly easy to grow roots on. You can simply stimulate the leaves and cuttings to grow roots.
Can you actually do that?
Well, the basic and easy technique is to lay the cuttings or leaves on the soil and let them stay there for a week or more. Roots take time to grow so you need to be patient.
During this stage, I don’t recommend watering the cuttings until you see the growing tinny plants and roots. That is the sign that the new plant gains growth momentum. This is also the perfect time to give water to the plants.
However, watering baby plants should be minimized. They are vulnerable to overwatering. In most cases, watering the new plants once a week is a perfect watering schedule.
However, this watering frequency may vary depending on the climate you are living in. during rainy and winter seasons watering could be less frequent.
The other thing you should remember is that as the baby plants grow bigger and the original rosette eventually dies, remove the original rosette. This is because it could harm the baby plants.
In addition, the baby plants should be kept away from the direct sunlight. Just wait until they are big enough to transplant into shallow pots.
Related article: How to Grow Succulents from Cuttings?
Is it important to stimulate root growth in succulents?
Like other plants, succulents also rely on their roots to extract nutrients from the soil. Succulents with poor root systems are not healthy and may die soon. They won’t be able to withstand harsh conditions.
Succulents normally have shallow roots. Don’t force them to root in the deep pot because it will only hinder their growth. Even the succulents survive with that rooting system, they are susceptible to rotting.
This is because as you water the pot, the excess water tends to stay in the bottom creating too much moisture at the bottom of the pot which will in turn cause root rot.
To prevent this from happening, use a shallow pot instead of the deep one. Shallow pots could only accommodate a small amount of water which will keep succulents from root rotting.
Choosing the right pot for succulents can be tremendously helpful for the plants. I suggest that you use the succulent pots with drainage holes (check these pots on Amazon).
Why Aerial Roots Grow
If you have been growing succulents for a while now, you probably notice that some of the plants have aerial roots growing. What causes it and what it signifies?
Well, first and foremost, aerial roots are signs of healthy growth for the plants. So don’t worry about it.
Secondly, the common reason for aerial roots growth is the poor light source and high humidity. If succulents remain in such an environment, they will eventually become leggy. This is because they try to find sunlight.
If you notice it with your plants, you know what to do. Give your succulents what they need. Expose them to sunlight in the right duration.
I say this because although succulents are versatile and accustomed to semi-desert areas, they cannot stand under the scourging sunray all day. They could get burned.
So what I normally do with my succulents is give them 4-6 hours of sunlight exposure every morning and then I secure them under the shade.
This sounds arduous. And believe me, it is. But if you really want to keep your succulents healthy, you need to do some work.
To make things bearable, what I recommend is the use of lighter but durable pots. This will allow you to move the plants from one point to another without exerting so much effort.
Related article: Does Succulent Need Direct Sunlight?
Final Thoughts on How to Grow Succulents without Roots
As mentioned, the best thing that I found in succulents is their ability to grow from stems or cuttings and leaves. You can start with these parts of the plants and grow a full-blown succulent garden in a short period of time.
However, like any other ornamental plants, succulents may have special needs. Ignoring those needs may cause harm to the plants.
Indoor succulents, for instance, maybe different from outdoor succulents in terms of sunlight, fertilizer, soil, and water requirements. These are some of the key elements of successful succulent growth.
So exercise some extra care for your plants. What I normally do is to do some research on every variety that I have in my garden so that I can respond to their needs accordingly.
I hope this short post will help you in your journey of growing succulents.
How to tell if a succulent leaf is calloused? In most cases, it takes a couple of days for the roots to grow. You can check it every two days. During this stage, watering should be avoided. Just lay the leaf on top of the succulent soil and let the roots grow on their own. Then, as the roots become more established, you can begin watering.
Why are succulent cuttings not rooting? This is actually a rare case. Almost all types of succulents develop roots on their own. But it happened to my plants before. What I did was that I just left the plant. What I found was that it finally grew roots but it was longer than usual. As long as the plant has no sign of dying, it will be okay.