Brides on a Budget: Multiplying Echeveria
Green-thumb brides on a budget pay attention. Starting plants from seed is fun. I do a lot of that. But this winter/spring I have started multiplying my plants without seeding: I am growing plants from plant parts. It didn’t start out as a plan but it grew. Naturally.
Now I am starting Harry Lauder Walking sticks, curly willow, thornless blackberries, grapes, echeveria and potatoes from pieces of plants. This post looks at Echeveria specifically. I can make more of the things I love and want to share from things I find or split apart after growing them for a while. In later posts I look at some of the other plants I love to grow from parts.
Echeveria is such a pretty annual for cold climates – they look a lot like the hardier Hens & Chicks only they are not as hardy. And they are a little prettier. And sometimes these succulent plants grow as large as a dinner plate. They make an attractive garden plant but they are so costly because they have become as trendy with brides as catnip with kittens (think planters on tables or bouquets that don’t wilt)
The solution if you don’t have a big budget for that August wedding? Buy one echeveria plant and take it apart leaf by leaf and let each piece root individually. I pulled apart one of the large plants seen in the video above on February 22, 2018 and within three weeks roots were appearing. By yesterday little plants started appearing at the base of the roots so it was time. Time to plant.
So that is it. If you are a bride on a budget or a gardener with time to fuss it is fun to make more plants from parts of old plants. I am looking forward to sharing the other plants I am growing from parts in the greenhouse.
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