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While I was working at the Rising Tide Society office we had an abundance of succulents, and I took it upon myself to take care of them. I didn’t know ANYTHING about succulents, or plants at all, but I watered them every week and *tried* to keep them alive. I noticed the leaves of some of the succulents fell off, and soon they grew WHOLE NEW PLANTS!! That’s when the succulent obsession started.

So I did a ton of research on how to grow succulents and how to propagate leaves, and recently I learned that when succulents start growing tall it means they are reaching for more sunlight and will either continue to grow taller until they find it, or eventually they will die from not getting those nutrients. And I realized…….ALL my plants we’re growing super tall. So I decided to pluck all the leaves off and try to grow new plants, because I was worried the mother plant would die before I could save it.

Soon after the propagation started (like, DAYS after, these things don’t play games when it comes to growing), little hot pink roots started to sprout out of the leaves, and it seemed like baby blooms sprouted over night. It’s the best feeling ever seeing something grow from (almost) nothing.

I learned a few things from these lil’ leaves. When things seem like they aren’t going well, be patient because something good will come from it. These plants weren’t doing well until I (literally) pulled them to pieces and started over. Now I have a ton of new, thriving plants that came from that one plant that started to die.

Right now in my life I feel like a lot of things are falling to pieces. Things just don’t seem to be going the way I want them to, and that’s hard for me because I have my WHOLE life planned out. Watching these little babies taught me that it’s okay to fall to pieces and try again, because you’ll bloom even better than before.

Annnnnnnndddddd here’s an update on my plants because I’m *actually* obsessed with them and take pictures of their growth everyday 🙂 

New plants will even start to grow from leaves that are still attached to the mother plant! (I geek out about this stuff)

Feb 28, 2017

Succulents & starting fresh




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