Echeveria 'Black Prince' Propagation
Back in August I blogged about restarting an Echeveria where I bemoaned having to take cuttings from this succulent that had become leggy. One of the problems I encounter as an indoor gardener is that I love plants that need very bright sunlight to keep their compact shape. Often times indoors I can provide it and the plants start to stretch or even worse start to deteriorate.
If you find you have the same problem with your succulents the best thing you can do for your plants is to place them in a south facing window. If like me you lack many southern facing windows you can place them in the brightest window you have and supplement the natural light by adding grow lights or even shop lights to boost the light level. The final option you have as an indoor gardener is taking cuttings from your plants that didn't do so well growing indoors over the winter and start over with them by propagating them in the spring. These are four of the leaves I removed from my Echeveria 'Black Prince' in the original entry. If you didn't follow the link above take a moment to right click this link and open it in a new window so you can see what the plant looked like before I pulled the leaves off of it. Besides removing the leaves I also cut off the rosette and rooted that. When you remove the leaves or you cut off the top portion of your succulent make sure to let is sit in a bright area and allow for the cut ends to dry off for a day or two before planting them. In the image above, the leaves on the ends where just sitting on top of soil while the two leaves in the middle never had any contact with soil.
Cutting off the top of my plant may seem drastic but most Echeverias, and many other plants, will send out new growth along the main stem.
In the this picture you can see the top portion is rooted and growing in a new pot. The original plant is on the right side and if you look closely it has started to send out two new plants along the stem. When those get large enough I'll take that Echeveria and repeat the process by removing the plants it produced.
Echeverias are easy to propagate by just taking a leaf or two and rooting them. You don't need any special rooting hormones for most succulents and you definitely shouldn't put your succulent cuttings in water to root. If you need more proof that succulents can be propagated easily see the post Plant Propagation: Succulents by Leaf Cuttings, it has a picture and links to other pictures on this blog of succulent leaves rooting pretty much on their own.
Echeveria 'Black Prince' is a hybrid and while you can get it to flower and the flower can be pollinated and produce seeds don't expect any of the offspring to exactly match your plant. Because of this if you'd like to reproduce this Echeveria you'll need to do it vegetatively.