Hi, this is Sheila, and today I’m so excited
to share with you this “What?!” moment…”I didn’t expect that?!” moment and “something like this” moment
with my succulent propagation experiment. So, here you go! To get these cute and lovely succulents real
fast, I conducted 4 sets of 4 experiments on the most popular leaf propagation technique. So, at the end of this video, you will be
equipped with the ultimate leaf propagation technique ever! For the first batch, I placed samples indoor
by a window where it is getting light with no sun exposure. One batch is getting misting every 2 or 3
days. One is getting drip watering with the same
interval. Do take note that the soil is just about one
third of an inch deep, so water dries out real fast. One is totally not getting any water at all,
and the last one is inverted in a tiny bottle with water inside. Experiment Number 2, is with the leaf propagation
outside getting partial sun for about 1 hour. And same thing, one batch is getting misting
every 2 to 3 days, one is getting drip watering, one, with nothing at all, and one is inverted
in a bottle. Experiment number 3, is succulent leaf propagation
in a very dark room, with the same watering options. Let me just show you how dark this room is. I guarantee you that you’ll be surprised
with the results of this experiment. If you were able to guess how this experiment
turned out, please comment it down below. Experiment number 4, is simply them chilling
in the shade. Nothing special, in the shade, air flowing,
regular daylight, with no sun exposure and again, same watering options of misting, drip
watering, no misting and inverted in a bottle. And now, let me show you how leaf propagation
is done. So, one of the major keys to a successful
leaf propagation is plucking the leaves out cleanly with no tear on the tip of the leaf
that connects to the stalk. You will find that sometimes, the skin of
the stalk or the stem would come off with the leaf. That is still considered a clean cut, as long
as the entire tissue of the leaf is intact. What you don’t want to happen is that a
tissue of the leaf will be left behind sticking to the stalk. That leaf will not propagate at all. You can easily pluck it off or twist it or
wiggle it from side to side and it comes off easily. An opening, like a wound somewhere in the
middle of the leaf does not stop it from propagating at all. It’s the tip at the axil being intact is
what’s important. Here is a very striking example of what I’m
saying! This guy has a wound in the middle. I’m totally clueless as to what has happened
to him, but we gotta hand it to them…these succulents are equipped with such awesome
evolutionary arsenal that they are such great survivors…as long as you don’t drown them…hahaha
which reminds me that my next video is about watering…and in that video, I’ll be sharing
the best ways to water your succulents and I’m also sharing with you some very important
pros and cons about misting, which is a highly popular way to water them. So, do remember to hit that subscribe button
and please remember to hit the bell icon after ‘cause you don’t wanna miss any notifications,
‘cause I don’t have any schedule. Unfortunately, I don’t have a fixed schedule
as to when I can post my videos. In fact, I also had to buy a new laptop ‘cause
I broke my laptop. I actually accidentally poured watered onto
it. So, I broke my Mac and I had to buy
a new one. Okay, so I guess, you’ve seen enough on
how plucking is done, so let’s proceed to the next step, which is laying them on soil. Here, I’m using my steamer tray, which I
never use. I totally love this, because conveniently,
it already has drainage holes on it. So, if you want your succulent to grow in
there a bit and not repot them sooner, you can definitely do so, and just give them their time to
grow. Here, I’m just adjusting the size of this
coffee filter paper to cover all the drainage holes and you can use whatever container you
want, like this plastic bowl, or breakable bowl, or maybe something like this! That was fun! And then, it’s time to put cactus soil. You can put a thin layer, about half an inch
to an inch of soil. And then start laying your leaf propagation
on top. And while I’m laying out this leaf propagation,
as always, today, my reminder to you is to learn to appreciate people. Appreciate little things, like little tasks
that are done well. If you see a stranger doing their job well
without supervision; oh, especially without supervision! Say a nice word. Appreciation goes a long way, with our loved
ones and people we don’t know. And sometimes, those kind words of appreciation
can trigger great inspiration and could potentially change lives for the better. And you can do it. Don’t leave it up to them. We all can help make this world a better place. And it is all up to us, me and you. Okay, we’re back! And now, here’s a very short and easy leaf
propagation in a bottle. Simply fill up the bottle up to the neck area. You can definitely use a syringe to do this
to prevent spills. And then place the leaf and that’s it. It’s done. And you can even do this and it’s done! Real fast, simple and easy. And now, here’s the result of the experiment! So, the first one to grow roots are the leaf
propagation in the very dark room. Are you surprised? They started sprouting roots on Day 10. And that’s regardless of the watering. In fact, even the one that did not receive
any form of watering sprouted. But that’s not the highlight of it all! So, because although they were the ones to
grow roots in a very rapid rate, they were growing very fine roots. The best result came from the leaf propagation
in a regular room, and the things is, the biggest growth is coming from the one that’s
inverted in a tiny bottle. In fact, I had to take her out of the bottle
because she was growing too fast. I might not be able to take her out if I would
still leave her for 2 days more. The second biggest of the pack is the one
who did not receive any water at all in the regular room by a window, or well, I say window,
but it’s actually my sliding glass door. And then, all the rest sprouted, but well,
a little later and are less than half the size of the leaf in the bottle. So as a conclusion, based on this experiment,
the ultimate propagation technique is leaf propagation in a regular room, by a window,
well, or a sliding glass door, inverted in a bottle with water in it. So, do put in the comments down below what
you think. What methods are you using? I would like to hear your thoughts on this? I feel like this is a highly successful experiment. I would definitely love to hear from you. And if you are propagating on a larger scale
and you don’t have tiny bottles, your next best option is on soil, within the same spot,
by the window, and without watering or misting. And as I’ve said, you can use whatever you
want, and it could be something like this! And lastly, if you love the messages that
I send in each of my videos, do send it to your loved ones, and hit the subscribe button. And before I go, just a reminder, we all can
make this world a better place. This is Sheila again, with Succulent Fame. So, do try it!