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Propagating succulents on Guam

Did you know that you can propagate most succulents from its leaves?

Many succulent enthusiasts know that it’s as simple as plucking a leaf off a mother plant and placing it on soil until it roots–but is it actually that simple?

Unfortunately, on Guam, the procedure is a bit different. Because our environment is vastly different than those of authors who write tips on propagating succulents, you have to keep in mind the different factors that make up our unique climate.


Many posts recommend covering your container with a sheet of plastic wrap to keep moisture in. I’ve found that on Guam, it’s so humid, that the succulent leaf tends to rot or even grow mold from too much moisture.

What to do instead: Get a spray bottle with a fine misting nozzle and spritz the end of the leaf once a day. I grow mine indoors with air conditioning, so I mist mine twice a day. Generally, if the soil around the leaf is looking dry, moisten it.


Succulents love sun. However, in our tropical climate, we get a lot of sun. Sometimes it’s too much sun for succulents. However, little to no sun will leave the leaves to get mushy and die.

What to do instead: Start off your succulent propagation in a bright, sunny window. Typically a north-facing window has plenty of light and is generally recommended. I personally have had lots of success with a west-facing window.

Some species take longer than others to root and grow. If yours seem like it’s taking forever, don’t give up! I’ve seen leaves take up to two months to start growing tiny roots. Continue to mist daily and wait for your wonderful babies to grow. Good luck!

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