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Rooting succulent cuttings upside-down.

Like many succulent cuttings, the one shown here (Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop') would root in sand or soil. But rooting succulents by this inverted-pot technique is easier and cleaner. It's also effective in preventing basal root rot, the greatest danger to succulent cuttings.

Dropping the stem through the drainage hole of an inverted flower pot provides darkness and still air to encourage rooting yet allow the steam base to form a callus.

Remove and transplant before roots become too long to ease through the hole.
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