When can we divide succulents?
As more people become interested in growing succulents in our hot, dry summers, they begin to notice an interesting thing about the growth habit of many desert species: they form plantlets in abundance.
Some of these plantlets fall off rather easily, and can simply start to grow where they land. And other species grow new plantlets from the roots, which must be cut off and divided from the mother plant.
But this is an easy process, and can actually be done anytime. If your succulent is in flower, you should wait for flowering to finish, but otherwise, divide the plant whenever you get ready. Simply remove the plant from its container or dig it up from the soil and expose the roots and underground stem portions.
When you brush away the soil, you’ll notice obvious areas where the plant is jutting off. Just cut between those areas, separating out as many plants as you like, then return a portion of it back to the planting hole and refill the space with soil.
Many succulent species need a curing time for the cut wound surface to heal so that it doesn’t rot when placed back in the soil. About a day is usually plenty for most species.
Watch Eric Pedley from East Austin Succulents divide succulents by roots, leaf division, cutting and beheading!