How Long Does It Take To Propagate Succulents? The Answers You Need!

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Propagation is the process of reproducing a plant from its parent. It involves taking parts of the plant, such as stem cuttings, root cuttings or seeds, and growing them into new plants. Propagation can be done by both commercial growers and hobby gardeners who want to expand their collection of plants.

One question that often arises when it comes to propagation is: How long does it take to propagate? The answer depends on several factors which we will discuss in this blog post.

The Type of Plant

Different types of plants have different growth rates and, thus, different propagation times. For example, some fast-growing herbs like basil can be propagated in just a few weeks, while others may take months. Trees and shrubs generally take longer to propagate than annuals or perennials since they grow slower.

Propagation Method

There are many ways to propagate plants, including seed germination, stem cuttings, root division or layering. Each method has its own timeline for success:

Seed Germination:

This process can take anywhere from a week for some quick-growing annuals like sunflowers or up to several years for tree seeds.

Stem Cuttings:

Depending on the type of plant and environmental conditions (such as temperature/humidity) stem cuttings may start rooting within days but could also require multiple weeks before any roots emerge.

Root Division:

This technique usually takes less time than seed germination because the plant already has established roots but still requires 1-3 weeks before transplanting into soil.


Layering involves bending low branches/stems down into the soil until they form roots; this technique typically takes around 6-12 months, depending upon species & climate conditions.

Environmental Factors

The environment plays an important role in how long it takes for a plant to propagate. Temperature, humidity levels, light exposure all impact how quickly your propagated ends produce new growth.


Most plants prefer warm temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees to root or germinate effectively. However, specific plants may have different temperature requirements.


High humidity levels are essential for most propagation methods, particularly seed germination and stem cuttings. Covering the cutting or seed tray with a plastic dome can help hold in moisture while roots form.

Light Exposure

Many types of plants require light exposure to propagate successfully; however, some prefer darkness during their initial rooting phase.


The amount of time required for propagation depends on multiple factors such as the type of plant being propagated, environmental factors including temperature/humidity/light exposure, and the method used for propagation. It’s best to research each individual plant before propagating it so you know what conditions will be the most ideal for successful growth!