Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’ propagation

Fransesco Baldi offers two reliable methods of propagation: from seeds and leaf cuttings. While seed propagation is possible, it requires significantly more time and patience before seeing tangible results, making stem cuttings the preferred choice for most gardeners. To propagate from leaf cuttings, simply select the bottommost leaf from the rosette, as demonstrated in the figure. Spring is the optimal time for leaf propagation. Place the detached leaf gently on top of well-draining soil, and with time, it will begin to develop roots and eventually form a new plant. This method is not only efficient but also provides a sense of satisfaction as you witness new growth taking root and flourishing, adding to the charm and diversity of your succulent collection.

Leaf propagation

Once this exciting development occurs, the new leaves are ready to be planted in trays. Placing them in trays with well-draining soil, these propagated leaves receive the care they need to flourish. In approximately three weeks, the magic of propagation unfolds as the leaves sprout new roots and leaves of their own. The trays filled with these newly propagated succulents are proudly displayed in the image below, showcasing the successful results of this rewarding propagation process. Witnessing these young plants take root and thrive brings a sense of accomplishment and joy to succulent enthusiasts, furthering their passion for these delightful and resilient plants.

starbust propagation tray

When propagating Francesco Baldi through leaf cuttings, it’s crucial to take extra care to ensure the leaves maintain adequate moisture. One essential practice during leaf propagation is misting the leaves daily to promote soil moisture retention. Since the cut leaves do not have an established root system, misting helps keep the soil around them damp and conducive to root development.

Stem propagation

Francesco Baldi can be propagated through stem cuttings, which is considered a simpler and more reliable method compared to leaf propagation. To begin stem propagation, carefully cut a healthy stem from the parent plant using clean scissors or pruning shears, as shown in the figure. Allow the cut end of the stem to dry in a well-lit but shaded area. This step is essential to prevent any potential entry of diseases or bacteria through the freshly cut surface. Once the wound has dried and calloused over, the cutting is ready to be potted. Simply place the stem cutting into a well-draining potting mix, and with proper care and appropriate conditions, it will soon develop roots and establish itself as a new, thriving Francesco Baldi plant. Stem propagation offers a straightforward and successful means of multiplying these enchanting succulents, bringing more beauty and elegance to any succulent garden or collection.

Once the stem cuttings have dried and calloused, use a stick or a similar tool to make a hole in the potting soil. This hole will serve as a proper placement for the stalks without risking breakage or damage. For faster and more abundant results, consider placing two cuttings in the same pot. Having multiple cuttings in close proximity can encourage growth and stimulate root formation. With the added benefit of more Francesco Baldi plants thriving in one container, this approach brings a delightful cluster of these colorful succulents together, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the succulent arrangement.

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