Making a Succulent Plant Starter

Succulent Plant Starter - bottle with leaves in place
Those of us who grow succulents know that it is generally easy to start new plants from cuttings. This recycled soda bottle succulent plant starter is designed to also focus on starting new plants from individual leaves. The easy to follow instructions appear below.

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January 17, 2020

Succulent Plant Starter - bottle with leaves in placeThis is a great way to always have succulent plants available for your craft projects and decorations around your home. We all love to decorate and grow succulent plants these days. When we cut our plants there are always leaves that need to be removed. Don't throw them away. Make this easy succulent plant starter and within a few days you can plant those leaves to start growing new plants.

Total Time: 10 Minutes

Yield: 1 Plant Starter


  • plastic bottle with lid
  • knife
  • succulent plant leaves
Succulent Plant Starter - supplies


  1. Clean and wash out the plastic bottle you want to use.
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  3. Remove the lid and take your knife to make a small hole in the upper part of the bottle. Continue to make the holes in the bottle to add your leaves to the bottle. Do not go too far down the bottle when making our holes. Only use the upper half of the bottle.
  4. Succulent Plant Starter - make holes in the upper half of the plastic bottle
  5. Now place your leaves in the holes. The cut part of the leaf goes on the inside and the rest of the leaf stays on the outside.
  6. Succulent Plant Starter - insert the cut end of a succulent leaf into the hole in the bottle
    Succulent Plant Starter - continue adding leaves - to bottle with water in lower half
  7. Fill the lower half of the bottle with water and add the cap to the bottle.
  8. The leaves will start to root within 4 to 8 days. Leave the leaves in the bottle until you see a good amount of roots on each one of them.
  9. Succulent Plant Starter - new roots forming

  10. Now take the leaf and plant it in a small pot to grow a new plant. The new plant normally starts to grow within a week or two.
  11. Succulent Plant Starter - plant in a small pot and watch a new plant begin to grow
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January 20, 20203 found this helpful

I've gotten many new plant starts using many different techniques. Your method is new to me and I can't wait to try it.


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January 20, 20202 found this helpful

Thank you so much it works great. I like it because it is easy to make and only takes a few days for the roots to start on the leaves.

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January 26, 20201 found this helpful

Im confused here. Is the water in the bottom for humidity only? Ive always just laid leaves on top of a pot of dirt. Can you clarify this for me? Thanks!

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January 27, 20202 found this helpful

Yes, it is for humidity and helps to root the leaves so much faster than just laying them in the dirt.

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