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Can You Grow Cacti & Succulents In Leca? (hydroponics)


hello! Everyone, merry plant, miss. Welcome back to my channel where I am uploading a new video every single day in the lead up to Christmas, I make a lot of content about Leica and hydroponics. It’s absolutely no secret I love it, and I also make a lot of content about my love for my cacti and my love for my succulent. And whenever I post anything about any of those the first question, anyone ever asks me is. Can you grow your cacti and succulents and let go? I’ve definitely not spent a lot of time on cacti and succulents in Leica. But I’ve definitely given it a go and so far so good, so I thought I would give you a little a little tour today of what I’ve got going on. What I’ve got grown in lekker what I’ve got grown hydroponically and you can kind of make your own mind up whether you want to give it a go or maybe you’ll pass on it. I’ve been experimenting quite a bit recently with growing different types of cacti and succulents and Lecca, and for the most part, the usual method has been working great for me where you just try and take as much soil off of the roots as possible. And then you just leave it in water for a few weeks until you start to see some nice new water roots coming and let me show you. This one might even just be about ready for for Lecka, so for more intricate cactus, I’ve definitely been doing it this way, and I’ve been waiting till I see some nice new water boots, but for more singular tall, just not as intricate cactus. I’ve just been propagating them and the reason that I’m doing that is because it’s just a whole lot easier. There’s no point trying to save roots when the plant’s just going to kill them off anyway to produce nice new water roots. So if it’s easy enough just to propagate cacti and succulents, I would definitely recommend that instead. I do have a little clip of propagating and opens here. This isn’t quite ready to go into lecture yet. I’ve only let it hard enough since yesterday, but I can put in a clip of me actually propagating it so that you can see what it is that I’m doing so with the opentail, you can see that it’s just not even worth trying to get the roots out of that soil, and it’s just going to kill off those roots and grow new water roots anyway, so I’ve propagated it as close to the soil as possible, so it’s not really like I’m losing any of the plant, and that way it is a lot easier as well to convert over to Lekka, so I’m just propagating it. I’m letting it callous over for a couple of days, and then you can either propagate in water like I have with this euphorbia or with these euphorbia here. I’ve actually just repotted those yesterday and again. I have a clip of that to show you, so I actually took both of these white. Gosh, euphorbia. So I could experiment. I put this one, of course, just into a little cup of water here, but I propagated these straight in Lecka at the same time. And I’ll show you the clip yesterday of when I repotted them. You can see that the roots are crazy and I propagated these straight in lecture. They did not go into water. First and you can see that. This one even has new growth. It’s crazy super super crazy. So definitely I would recommend if you do want to grow your cacti and let go if you propagate them, I would just stick them. Straight into layer cuts worked well so far, but for the succulents. I have definitely put them into water first. I think the only, yeah, so the only time I’ve actually propagated plants to put straight into lecca is just with singular cacti, the less intricate ones definitely when you start to get into the different shapes and sizes and many many babies. I would recommend putting in water first if you can, but if it’s easy enough just to propagate, I would go for it. I’ve got a little, I’ve got a little cup of water. Propagation’s going on here. So this one actually doesn’t have any roots at all. When I stuck it in water and you can see little white fluffy roots coming in this. I ordered from an online shop. Isn’t this such a beautiful, fluffy, succulent? Look at that I’m super super shaky, but isn’t that gorgeous? So I ordered this online and when it came bits of it, it kind of just broke off. It was very, very dry, so I actually put this one in soil first. And then I decided a couple weeks later. There wasn’t any roots on it yet, but I decided a couple weeks later that I would just stick it straight in water and see see if that did anything. And, of course, I’ve had some nice little white Fluffies. What else have we got going on here? So we’ve got an opened here. Let me try and grab this. Oh, we’ve got a little root on this one as well. So this is what the roots look like they come from. They come from the actual bottom of the cut. I’m trying my best to focus on this. They come from the actual cut. You can see like that, so it’s not like solid engines or Hoyas or anything. They come from actually underneath the plant. There’s no sort of node, so that one’s doing very well as well. And then I’ve got this little. Oh, wow, my little opinion cut. In so this, of course, I propagated in soil First. You can see some soil left over there on the roots. That’s not really bothering it. Same with this one. Just try and get as much off as you possibly can. Don’t worry if you can’t get every single little bit of it off. Because as you can see, they’re just going to grow water roots anyway, so I’m going to put those ones back and I can show you another succulent water propagation that I’ve got going on at the back here. So these are two calorin coy curtains that I’ve got here Calanco fangs, and these have just been put straight into water and look at those little white floppy boots that we’ve got coming in. Definitely, they’re a lot slower than your usual philadelph’s, but they’re doing all right, they’re still alive. They’re growing roots. They’re they’re getting there. You can see they’re coming from the cut as well. They are and with these two little succulents here. I put this moonstone. Succulent into water first! I think I had that in water for about a month before I actually converted it over to Lekka and it’s been in lake and over again about a month and it’s doing. It’s doing really Well. The leaves that we’re touching. The lekka eventually did rot and fall off, so the leaves that were constantly staying moist did actually eventually fall off. But I suppose that is normal and I did try and leaf propagate Propagating Leica. But honestly, I wouldn’t recommend that It’s so fiddly, and it’s just an absolute pain to try and set it right on the Lekka. If you want to leave, propagate to grow eventually in lecture, I would recommend just using water first because this is so fiddly, such a pain it does work. It’s just difficult, but this Moonstone Succulent’s done very well in Leica. Since I’ve converted it, It’s even growing nicely for us and this Caroline Coy are propagated straight into lekker, and we’ve got some little. We’ve got some little leaves coming in there. There’s a leaf two leaves there that have rotted, but the rest of them seem to be looking. All right, so I’m definitely not worried about it. We’ve got some new growth coming in at the top there as well. That again has been in there for about three weeks now, possibly even a month as well. And you can see that they’re all doing pretty. Well, we’ve even got some new growth coming in there. I do need to experiment a lot more with trying to grow cacti and succulents in Leca, But this was just kind of my first shot and so far I haven’t had any fails yet. I’m pretty pretty impressed. Plants do adapt to their environment pretty nicely, so especially with propagations they want to live. They don’t want to die, so they’re going to adapt to the situation that you’re giving them you can see that. This curtain was placed straight in water and it’s adapted. Its growing some nice water roots. This little fella here. He started in soil, but he has since adapted to suit his new environment. So within reason, plants will adapt to what you give them. It’s not squishy. It’s not rotten, anything like that. I will always always recommend with any plant. No matter what if you want to convert it to liquid, Put it in water first, let it adapt in a neutral environment. Let it adapt in the water, Let it get itself, set up, just leave it. It’s not going to be doing anything different than it would. If you would put it in like a verse, it’s just you’re going to have more success with it, so just let it adapt to its new environment. Let it grow some water roots and then, and then you can stress out a little more and put it in like on. It should take off fine. I’ve never ever had a fail ever with putting plants in water first and then putting them over to Leica. It’s always worked wonderfully for me. Just take your time. Take your time! Just leave it in water. I think that’s been in water now for like, five weeks. That’s definitely not been that long. I’m over exaggerating massively there. Maybe three weeks, but you can see that they don’t want to die. They want to survive, so they are going to you. Just gotta give it time experiment. See what works? We’ll see. What doesn’t like I said? I tried both water. Propagation and lacquer propagation with these and the liquid ones worked faster in this case, but that might not always be the case. Just go for it. Try it! I’ll definitely say. I do think I have a clip of this. So when I do place them in water, you can see that I only let the water touch the roots, and I don’t even let the water touch all the roots. I keep the actual plant out of the water and as long as the bottom roots are getting water, they will continue to grow. Let me show you what I’ve got going on here, so you can see these roots. They’re thin, they’re healthy. They’re a little dry, but because these roots here under the water are getting the water. These roots are still going to survive. They’re just going to keep growing down into the water and it’s the same for every plant. If you just give the very tail end of the roots water, the rest of the roots are going to grow and follow them, and that makes sure that your actual plant isn’t going to rot, especially if it’s been used to soil, but remember when it is in soil, the actual plant, as well does get wet, it just doesn’t. Stay away all the time so experiment. See what works best for you, but I’ve definitely been pretty successful. I do need to experiment a lot more, but I do grow all my cacti and succulents outside all summer long, so I’ve been a bit hesitant to start trying to convert all of my collection over because I know it’s going to be a little bit more difficult when I’m putting them back outside, But these ones so far have been doing very well for me. I’ve got a little bit of a selection. There I’ve got a little moonstone. I’ve got a sedum opintia. Some euphorbia. And we’ve got some calan koi so we’re. Doing all right, we’re definitely doing all right so you can see. I haven’t experimented a huge amount with cacti and succulents and lecca, but from what I have experimented with so far, It’s going great. So I hope you enjoyed this video. I hope it gave you some ideas or some confidence to try it. Thank you so so much for watching, and I will see you all tomorrow with a brand new video.