How to Pinch Succulents

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Pinching succulents is something that you might do if you were growing them in a container. Pinch succulents with help from the owner of Eden Condensed, small space garden design, in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Angela Price from Eden Condensed, small space garden design. And, this is “Garden Space.” Today, I’m going to show you how to pinch back succulents. Sometimes, when you grow succulents in a container, they’ll start to overgrow a little bit and you may want to pinch them back to keep the growth contained. The other reason that you may want to pinch back succulents is to take cuttings so that you can root them and then grow them in other containers. You also may want to pinch them back to remove flowers that have bloomed and are now spent, so it’s time to get rid of them. In this succulent container box here, I do have an Echeveria that the flower stem, all the flowers have died on it. And, although there are still some leaves growing, it’s not as attractive as it used to be. I usually use a nice sharp pair of shears for this, so that way you’ll get a clean cut. Make sure that your shears are clean and disinfected. And, cut it back to the base of the plant. And then, you can – this, you’re probably going to want to discard, because it’s just a little bit of a stick, there’s not much left to it. But, what you can do is, on this jade plant, for example, if you want to pinch this back because it’s starting to get too big for the box, you can just go down to the next set of leaves, snip that off, and it’s left a little stem. Succulents are great because they have root cells in their stems. So, what I’ll do is I’ll let this dry for a day or so, I’ll put it in some rooting powder, and then I’ll just go ahead and put it into another pot with some succulent soil, and then it’ll start to take root and grow into the other pot. You can also, if you’ve got smaller succulents, you can use the tools that are attached to your arm, which are your fingers. And, if there’s pieces that don’t look so great, you can just use those and take your thumbnail against your finger and just pinch them off this way, and that’s perfectly fine. So, use those pinching techniques either to remove dead leaves, to take cuttings off your succulents, or to trim them down if you want to reshape them. If you have any other questions about how to pinch back succulents, please contact me at Thank you very much!


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