Ruby Cascade, also known as Ruby Necklace or String of Rubies, is a beautiful trailing succulent that looks stunning in hanging baskets or cascading over the edge of shelves. Propagating Ruby Cascade is not only an easy process but also an affordable way to expand your collection.
In this blog post, we will guide you through the step-by-step process for propagating Ruby Cascade and help you grow your own lush greenery to decorate your home.
What You’ll Need:
– Sharp scissors or pruning shears
– Small pots with drainage holes
– Cactus/Succulent potting soil mix
– Watering can
Step 1: Choose Healthy Cuttings
The first step towards propagating Ruby Cascade is selecting healthy cuttings. It’s best to take cuttings during spring and summer when the plant is actively growing. Look for long stems without any damage or disease signs such as brown spots, moldy patches, etc.
Use sharp scissors or pruning shears to avoid damaging the stem by pinching it. Aim for approximately 4 inches long cuttings with several leaves on them.
Step 2: Leave Cuttings To Dry Out
After taking healthy cuttings from the mother plant, leave them aside for a few days until they have dried out completely at their base (the end that was connected to the mother plant). This drying process helps prevent moisture loss while producing new roots.
Step 3: Pot The Cuttings
Take small pots with drainage holes and fill them up with well-draining soil like cactus/succulent potting mix. Make sure not to bury too much of your cutting into the soil; instead, insert it firmly enough so that it stands upright on its own without falling over while watering.
Water thoroughly after planting and let excess water drain out of the bottom before setting them in a bright spot where they’ll receive indirect sunlight throughout most parts of each day (preferably for 4-6 hours a day).
Step 4: Water Consistently
Consistent watering is essential for newly propagated plants to establish their roots. Start with misting the cuttings daily until new growth appears, typically in three weeks. Once you see new growth, start gradually increasing the water volume or frequency.
Overwatering can lead to rotting of the stem and base, so ensure that your pot has adequate drainage and water only when the topsoil feels dry to touch.
Step 5: Maintain The Ideal Growing Conditions
Ruby Cascade prefers warm temperatures between 65°F -85°F with good airflow and moderate humidity levels. Place them indoors near windows receiving filtered sunlight or outside under shade cloth in warmer months.
Keep an eye out for any yellowing leaves or signs of pests such as spider mites or mealybugs. Treat accordingly using organic pest control methods like neem oil spray or insecticidal soap.
Propagating Ruby Cascade is not challenging but does require patience and maintaining appropriate growing conditions while following these easy steps mentioned above. With time, attention, and care, you’ll soon have several thriving plants to decorate your home with this beautiful trailing succulent!