A Gardener’s Guide to Plectranthus Propagation Mastery

Learn the art of plant propagation with Plectranthus and use it as part of a potted feature. Turn one plant into many to add to a thriving double-story planter in a few simple steps. Plant succulents, choose a healthy Plectranthus, propagate cuttings in a well-draining potting mix, and add finishing touches for a flourishing green statement. Tanya Visser shows you how.

In this project, Tanya is creating a double-story planter with Echevarias and Plectranthus, which will be taken as cuttings from an existing plant.

Materials You’ll Need
Plectranthus plant 
Selection of Echevaria succulents 
New or recycled pots – one large and one small
Universal drill bit 
Potting soil 
Fine grit or aquarium level gravel 
Carbon granules (optional) 
Rooting powder 
Shot glass 

Step 1 – Choose an Understanding Plant
For this project, Tanya has used a healthy Plectranthus plant with pink-flecked foliage. 

Step 2 – Create a Well-Draining Potting Mix 
Mix potting soil and fine grit sand in a 1:1 ratio for optimal drainage. As an optional extra, add carbon granules for enhanced nutrition. A well-draining medium is essential for both Plectranthus and succulents.

Step 3: Prepare the Double-Story Planter 
Drill drainage holes in pots to ensure proper water drainage.  Add a layer of pebbles to the bottom of the larger pot. Layer the soil mixture on top of the grit. Feed the soil to the edges, ensuring that it is level and even. For your smaller pot, follow the above steps too.
Shift some soil in the larger pot up to one side, to create a raised heap. Place the smaller pot onto the heap of soil at an angle and mark its position so you know where it will stand.   

Step 4: Plant the Succulents 
Transplant your succulent into the smaller pot. In this case Tanya has chosen a large echevaria. Top up the pot with additional soil. Introduce an elegant, multi-branch Echevaria into the larger pot. Position it strategically for visual appeal, but out of the way of the prepared heap where the smaller pot will sit. Firm down the soil.

Step 5: Propagating Plectranthus Cuttings 
Take cuttings from the Plectranthus plant. Dip them in water first, then rooting powder. Plant them in the soil, ensuring a strong and healthy start for each cutting. Over time, each cutting will develop a brand new root system.

Step 6: Adding the Finishing Touches 
 Nest your smaller pot within the bigger one to create depth. This technique is ideal for restricted spaces due to root zone limitations. Clean up the edges of the pots, removing excess soil. Fill open gaps on the soil surface with pebbles, creating a visually appealing contrast. Finally, give the planter a thorough watering.