If you’re new to the world of succulents, you may be wondering why most of my classes feature succulent cuttings, rather than your traditional 2″ or 4″ nursery pots. I actually use both types, but cuttings are far and away my preferred plant material.
Why? It’s mostly because of the incredible variety, not to mention the incredible value. Most nursery pots will set you back at least $4-$5 retail. For that amount, you can typically get 3-5 different cuttings, with variation in texture, shades and size. Nursery pots are great for adding height or a cool feature plant to an arrangement, but I find that cuttings are where it’s at to make arrangements really shine. (Or to grow your plant collection in no time flat.)
Cuttings are just what they sound like – a succulent grower (typically in sunny California) will take a clipping off of a healthy plant, and mail it off to us in chilly New England. I’ve been ordering cuttings for awhile now and they always arrive in spectacular condition, in spite of a few days of darkness in a box. The cuttings can go directly into the planting medium, where they will readily sprout new roots. The only difference in care is that they need slightly more frequent waterings while they are developing new roots – I recommend giving the soil a good misting every few days for about a month, after which you can resume normal watering.
There are a few rogue succulents out there that grow like weeds, but most will maintain their compact shape for awhile. I suggest you pack as many cuttings as you can into your container – it will look great and it takes at least a year or longer before you need to shuffle out or trim back any plants.
If you’d like to order cuttings for yourself, Etsy is a great resource. You can order as few as 10 cuttings to as many as 300! They are also available semi-locally from a grower in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Avant Gardens. I highly recommend you follow their Instagram account for stunning garden inspiration. They also offer seasonal assortments of cuttings, and they ship from about March-October. You can visit their gorgeous greenhouses on select weekends during the growing season.