Reproducing succulents in water is a valuable skill for all succulent enthusiasts. While these plants are typically grown in soil, they can also thrive in water without the risk of damage or, worse, rot.

In general, succulents aren’t the easiest plants to propagate. They can be reproduced through leaves, cuttings, or division. But have you ever considered propagating them in water? Here’s how to do it, along with a list of succulents that are well-suited for this practice.

How to Propagate Succulents in Water

Step 1: Choose the succulents you want to propagate and cut a stem from the mother plant. Use a sharp cutter to avoid damaging the plant.

Step 2: Allow the cut to air-dry for about 2-3 days. Once dried, the plant is ready to develop roots when placed in water.

Step 3: Fill a container with water and immerse the succulent piece. Ensure there’s space between the cut and the water to allow air circulation. The plant needs both water and oxygen to access nutrients.

Step 4: Once roots have formed, you can transplant the succulent into a pot or continue keeping it in water, changing it whenever it becomes cloudy.

Succulents That Thrive in Water

  1. Graptopetalum
    • With around 18 different species, these succulents resemble roses. They have a medium growth rate, and it takes years before they outgrow their pot.
  2. Echeveria Imbricata
    • Known for plump leaves, these succulents require ample sunlight, good ventilation, and well-draining soil. They can be propagated through seeds, cuttings, or leaves.
  3. Crassula
    • With over 620 different species, these succulents are remarkably resilient to various climates and can be propagated in water.
  4. Haworthia
    • With more than 60 species, the most common type resembles aloe vera but has beautiful white stripes.
  5. Haworthia Cooperi
    • These low-maintenance plants can be kept in water and produce stunning flowers in spring.
  6. Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi
    • While an outdoor plant, it can thrive in water indoors due to its exceptional resilience.
  7. Kalanchoe Laxiflora
    • With long, branched stems reaching 30-50 cm in height, this succulent can be propagated in water.
  8. Sedum Rubrotinctum
    • Reaching up to 20 cm in height, this plant needs a bright environment or direct sunlight and can be propagated in water.