I started getting into succulents recently and when I learned that you can propagate succulents from cuttings and leaves I was intrigued. I am very new to succulents in general so I started reading up on each plant and the different ways to get nice "chibi" (an adjective that means small and/or miniature in a good or cute way) succulents from the parent plant. My house is particularly shady but I have a few windows that get good sun so I wanted to share how I have started a few plants and what I came up with to deal with having very shallow windowsills that larger pots do not fit in.
First I cut an egg carton in half (use one made out of the cardboard material instead of the foam so it drains better). Next I took the top and filled it with well draining soil (succulent and cactus blend from the local superstore).
Then after wetting the soil slightly with a spray bottle, I took the cuttings and leaves that I had and placed them spread out on top of the soil.
After the cuttings get started I put them in the bottom half of the egg carton and put them in a windowsill that gets good sun.
From reading up on a couple sites I learned that the cuttings should be kept someplace out of direct sunlight, but when they get started they need more. The stable segregated bottom half of the egg carton should be great to get them better established and I can still keep an eye on them until they get a little bigger.
This blog helped me so much with how to get the correct cuttings and what to do with them Succulents & Sunshine and I love the tutorials on NEEDLES + LEAVES the photos are very helpful. I live in the deep south east and it is hot and humid here so I plan on updating the status of my plants and how I deal with the climate. Rot could possibly be a problem so I am really going to try to keep an eye on my succulents and any cuttings to make sure they don't get too soggy and die on me.