How to grow the Barberton Groundsel (Senecio barbertonicus) from stem cuttings

Senecio barbertonicus Barberton Groundsel

Barberton Groundsel, Succulent Bush Senecio, Himalaya Senecio

The Barberton Groundsel (Senecio barbertonicus) is native to South Africa and can be propagated with stem cuttings. The cuttings shown here had a length of 3 to 6 centimeters when planted.

Senecio barbertonicus rooted cuttings

This plant can be grown from

Stem cuttings and seeds

Senecio Himalaya rooted cutting


The year round.


Bright to partial sun with morning sun, evening sun, winter sun.


Regular mixes for succulents, indoor and container plants, herbs, vegetables, bird sand.

Growing in a water glass did not work. The cuttings came from the same plant and stood next to each other. Roots have appeared only on those planted in bird sand.

Senecio cuttings in water


59 to 86 °F (15 to 30 °C)

New growth after

At about 68 °F (20 °C), it takes around four weeks for the first root tips to appear. New leaves appear two weeks later.

Senecio cuttings new leaves
New leaves on a Senecio barbertonicus cutting.

More infos

The pot with the cuttings does not need to be covered. The substrate should be evenly moist, but not wet, for the first four weeks. After that, it can dry out moderately between waterings.

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