If you’re like most succulent growers, you probably don’t give much thought to pruning your plants.

But did you know that regular pruning can actually help keep your succulents healthy and looking their best?

In this post, we’ll show you when and how to prune succulents for the best results!

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When to Prune Succulents

But before you start snipping away, it’s important to know when to prune succulents.

The best time to prune succulents is during their active growing season, which is typically late spring or early summer. However, if your plant isn’t looking its best, feel free to give it a trim at any time of year.

Just be sure not to remove more than one-third of the plant’s overall growth. When pruning, always use clean sharp scissors or shears and make sure to cut just above a leaf node (the point where leaves emerge from the stem).

This will encourage new growth and help your plant stay healthy and strong. So, there you have it!

Now get out there and start pruning those succulents!

How to Prune Succulents

Pruning succulents is a simple task that can be done to help encourage growth, or to shape the plant. The best time of year to prune your succulents is in the springtime.

You will need a sharp knife or shears for this job.

Here are five easy steps on how you can prune your succulent:

1) Start by Cutting Off Any Dead Leaves or Stems.

Dead leaves and stems can harbor diseases which can spread to other parts of the plant, so it’s important to get rid of them as soon as possible.

2) Next, Trim Back Any Long or Leggy Branches.

Leggy branches are more likely to break under the weight of new growth, so it’s best to keep them trimmed back.

3) Once You’ve Trimmed Back the Dead Leaves and Leggy Branches, Take a Look at the Overall Shape of the Plant and Decide If There Are Any Areas That You Want to Change.

If so, start trimming away excess growth until you achieve the desired shape.

4) Finally, Give Your Plant a Good Watering and Fertilize It If Necessary – Then Sit Back and Enjoy Watching It Grow!

Key Takeaway: Pruning succulents in the springtime will help encourage growth and shape the plant.

Tools Needed for the Job

Assuming you have the succulent in question, and a pot to put it in, you’ll need:

Pruning shears. Something to catch the cuttings (optional).

A bit of patience. Pruning shears are sharp enough to make clean cuts through stems without damaging the plant itself.

If you don’t have any on hand, regular scissors can work in a pinch too – just be extra careful not to damage the plant as you’re cutting. You’ll also need something to catch the cuttings if you want to save them for propagation later on down the road.

A simple cup or bowl will do nicely. And finally, although it’s not an actual tool, having a bit of patience is key when working with delicate plants like succulents.

Take your time, and be careful not to damage the plant as you’re pruning. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be a pro in no time!

FAQs in Relation to How to Prune Succulents

When should succulents be pruned?

Most succulents can be pruned at any time of year, although late winter or early spring is generally best. Pruning helps to encourage new growth and can also help to control the size and shape of your plants.

Can you cut the top of a succulent off and replant it?

Yes, you can cut the top of a succulent off and replant it. This is called “topping” and is often done to encourage fuller growth.

To do this, simply cut the plant at the desired height with a sharp knife or shears. Allow the wound to callous over for a few days before replanting in well-draining soil.

How do you cut back leggy succulents?

There are a few ways to cut back leggy succulents. One way is to simply cut the plant back with a sharp knife or pair of scissors, making sure to cut just above where the leaves meet the stem.

Another way is to gently pull off the longest stems at their base, being careful not to damage the rest of the plant.

Finally, you can propagate your succulent by taking stem or leaf cuttings and growing them in new pots – this will give you more plants as well as help fill out any gaps in your existing one.

Whichever method you choose, make sure that your cuts are clean and even so that your plant can continue to grow healthy and strong!


With just a few tools and some basic knowledge, you can easily prune your succulents at home.

Be sure to follow these tips after you’re done pruning for the best results.

Succulents UK offers a wide range of services to help you care for your succulents. From pruning and trimming to watering and fertilizing, we can help you keep your plants healthy and looking their best. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.