The Ultimate Guide to Splitting Your Split Rock Plant

Welcome to our article about splitting a Split Rock plant. If you’re a fan of succulents, you may be familiar with the Split Rock plant, also known as Pleiospilos nelii. This unique plant is named for its distinctive appearance, which resembles a small rock that has been split in half. The Split Rock plant is a popular choice for indoor gardens and is relatively easy to care for. They do like dry, arid, and semi-arid climates best. They are good for regions 9-11 or as indoor plants with plenty of indirect sunlight. Check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (source:

Splitting your Split Rock plant involves separating the plant into two or more sections, each of which can grow into a new plant. This process is relatively simple and can be done with just a few tools. However, it’s important to take care when splitting your plant to avoid damaging the roots or causing stress to the plant. With the right technique and a little bit of patience, you can split your Split Rock plant and create a beautiful new addition to your collection.

Splitting Your Split Rock Plant

Know when it's time for splitting your Split Rock Plant.

If your Split Rock plant is outgrowing its current pot or you want to propagate it, splitting the plant can be a great option. Splitting your Split Rock plant involves dividing the plant into two or more sections and replanting them. Here are the steps to follow:

Preparing the Plant

Before you start splitting your Split Rock plant, you need to prepare it. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Water the plant a few days before splitting it. This will make it easier to remove from the pot and less likely to break during the process.
  2. Choose a pot that is at least 3.5 to 4 inches deep with a hole in the bottom for proper drainage.
  3. Prepare the soil: a) by blending a 25% cactus mix and 75% pumice or perlite. This will provide good drainage for the plant; b) is a mix of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts coarse sand with small pebbles added for drainage; c) another is a mineral mix that is low in organic matter.

Splitting the Plant

While splitting a Split Rock plant is a fun DIIY project, even more fun is giving them all a new home!

Once you have prepared the plant, it’s time to split it. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Remove the plant from its pot and gently remove any excess soil from the roots.
  2. Look for natural splits or divisions in the plant. If there are none, create a split by carefully pulling the plant apart at its base.
  3. Use a clean, sharp knife to cut the plant into sections. Each section should have its own roots and at least one set of leaves.
  4. Be careful not to damage the roots or leaves during the process.

Replanting the Divisions

After you have split the plant, it’s time to replant the divisions. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Fill the new pot with the prepared soil and make a hole in the center.
  2. Place each division in its own hole and gently pack the soil around it.
  3. Water the plant lightly and place it in a bright, sunny spot.
  4. Wait a few days before watering the plant again to allow it to adjust to its new environment.

When Not to Split Your Split Rock Plant

It is generally not recommended to split a split rock plant if it is not actively growing or if it is in poor health. Splitting a plant that is not actively growing or is unhealthy can cause additional stress to the plant and may not result in successful propagation. It is also not recommended to split a split rock plant during the winter months, as this is typically a period of dormancy for the plant.

Additionally, splitting a plant that is too small may not be advisable, as it may not have enough energy reserves to support multiple plants. It is important to assess the health and growth patterns of the plant before attempting to split it. If you are unsure whether your split rock plant is ready to be split, it may be best to consult a plant care expert or horticulturist for guidance.


Splitting your Split Rock plant can be a great way to propagate the plant or keep it from outgrowing its current pot. By following these steps, you can successfully split your plant and enjoy its unique beauty in multiple locations. For more information about the Split Rock Plant, see our Article, “Split Rock Plant: The Unique and Easy-to-Care-For Succulent“. It’s truly one of our favorites!

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