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Housekeeper succulents are a common succulent houseplant in many parts of the world, as exotic as they may seem.

They are super easy to grow, far easier to maintain than other house plants and are very hard to kill.

But, how exactly do you pull off propagating housekeeper succulents (so you can have more, sell them, or give them away)?

Read on below to find out exactly how to propagate housekeepers (and just about any sort of succulents!).

How to Propagate Housekeepers (Succulents)

Propagating housekeeper succulents involves removing new shoots from a parent plant and transplanting it into a container with a well-draining growing medium. Once planted, the new shoots grow to maturity rather quickly, with very little care or water, and begin propagating their own shoots. The process is easy to do and takes little to no gardening skill to pull off.

Supplies Needed For Propagating Housekeeper Succulents

  • A “mother plant” to propagate from
  • A growing medium (soil, moss, even sand or cofee grounds)
  • A handful of small containers
  • Some water
  • Garden shovel or knife
  • A table or surface to work on

1. Select a Healthy Mother Plant

Close up of light green housekeeper succulents overcrowded in a large cast iron container (blue).
One of our medium size outdoor housekeeper “mother plants.” (Aug 2021)

Start by selecting a mother plant for propagating.

You’ll know her when you see her by all the little “babies” shooting out from all around her.

If you don’t already have housekeeper succulents, ask around.

A family member, co-worker, or neighbor would most likely be more than happy to provide you with a few new shoots.

2. Select Pots

A small green and orange tipped succulent in black container (with two stacked of containers beside it).

Choose pots for propagating housekeeper succulents by determining how many new plants you want to grow.

If you want to grow a dozen, choose a pot under 4 inches wide.

If you want to grow far more than a dozen, go with 6-inch or even 12-inch pots.

3. Prepare Growing Medium

Picking the right potting soil for propagating housekeeper succulents can be a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be. These plants take very little water and will grow in practically anything (even sand, rocks, and compacted earth).

However, keep in mind, a proper potting mix will help them root and propagate quicker. It will also help make them easier to pluck out and replant into decorative pots later.

4. Pluck New Growth and Place in Pots

A hand holding a small succulent shoot (several small 2-inch wide containers with other succulent propagation is seen in the background).
A freshly plucked housekeeper succulent ready to be planted in a propagation cup.

When you have your mother plant ready, and your pots set up, it’s time to start plucking all the new shoots coming out of your mother plant’s container (or garden space).

Do so by gently but firmly grasping each shoot underneath its lotus-shaped head, around its stem, and tugging up and away from the mother plant. They come free rather easily.

As you go, simply set as many as you’d like into your propagation pots.

5. Add Medium to Pots

Several pots full of succulent shoots (freshly planted) sitting on a shelf outsite.
Propagation cups full of housekeeper succulents ready for watering. (Aug 2021)

Once you’ve plucked as many new shoots as you’d like to use for propagating new housekeeper succulents, simply fill the pots up with a growing medium of your choice.

We used a mixture of half-potting soil, a quarter wood chips, and a quarter clay.

6. Water New Succulents (Lightly)

Close up of a mulchy and moist potting soil mix with a healthy bright green succulent in it. Several similar containers and plants are seen in the background.
Housekeeper succulents freshly watered in their propagation cups. (Aug 2021)

When the new housekeepers are safely nestled into their new pots, give them a one-time soaking. Make sure that you water the entire root.

When the top of the growing medium is shiny and dark, you’ve added enough water.

7. Set Your Pots In the Shade

Two dozen pots of various shapes and colors holding succulents at various growth stages, including hundreds of new shoots.
Here are some of our housekeeper succulents that have been propagating for several weeks. (July 2021)

Tips for Propagating Housekeeper Succulents

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Once you’ve followed all the steps listed above for propagating housekeeper succulents, it’s time to follow up with some proper care.

These tips will help you propagate housekeepers with ease:

1. Place Somewhere With Partial Sun to Full Shade

Housekeeper succulents propagate the best when they get very little direct sun. Choose a location that receives anywhere from two to four hours of direct sun or less to place your propagation containers.

You can also check out this informational we wrote a while ago, about how much sun garden plants need, to learn more about how much light outdoor plants need.

2. Water Actively Only Once Per Month

Housekeeper succulents require very little water in general, for propagation, there is no exception. After watering your new plants, leave them in the shade for up to a month before watering them again.

Don’t worry about checking the soil for moisture before the first few weeks have passed, they don’t need it.

3. Don’t Move the Succulents Around Much

Once you’ve placed your now propagating housekeeper succulents, leave them be for a few weeks. Don’t move them from place to place much as it may slow their growth. Moving them also changes their core temperature and how much light they receive

A Final Word About Propagating Housekeeper Succulents

Propagating housekeeper succulents (as promised) is extremely easy. Further, compared to other plants, propagating housekeeper succulents is actually quite FUN to propagate.

Did you try to propagate housekeepers (or another sort of succulent) after reading this article? If so, let us know how it went in the section below!

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