A how-to guide on sharing your passion of plants with friends & family
As a plant parent, you know all too well the comfort that comes with living in a plant filled home. You are greeted each day with a space just bursting of healthy leaves & fresh O2. Radiant with pride & joy, you look around your lush space, feeling (almost) a little guilty that you’ve kept this happiness to yourself. Guilt not, my friends! Propagation is the perfect tool to multiply your plants & gift them to your loved ones. (Or keep a couple extras for yourself. No judgement here!) Read on for a few easy steps that will get you on your way to your second generation of plant children!
WHAT WILL I NEED?
- Clean Scissors
- Propagation Vessel
- TLC (Tender Loving Care)
Choose a plant you want to propagate. Signs of good plant candidates are: Leggy or growing a little thin, Overgrown, Sprouts from mother plants, Healthy!
Grab a pair of clean snips & make a cut right below a leaf node. Typically it’s best to leave at least 2-3 leaves length on your cutting.
Place the cut end into a jar with fresh water. (Place your jar in an environment with indirect sunlight so that the roots are not exposed to too much sunlight, or even in a shaded jar / root cup.)
Change out the water once every couple weeks or so, or just add some fresh water as you notice the water level begin to fall as a result of evaporation. Typically it will take a couple of weeks before you see any root growth, so patience is key! Your plant cutting can live in the water for a long time, but once you feel confident that its roots have grown strong, you are ready to plant!
(Optional). Gift them away to their new homes. 😀
There are a number of vessels you can choose from to propagate in. Some are better suited for certain types of plants, and some are simply nicer to look at than others in our homes. The vessels we chose to work with are as follows:
Kelly Built Propagation Station
We took cuttings of these long trailing plants because they were looking a little too spindly on our shelves. Often times, when we trim our plants, it encourages leaves to grow in different places, giving them a fuller look. Pothos tend to regrow quite quickly, so don’t be afraid to give them the snip that they need!
(featuring: pilea & fiddle lead ficus)
Each of these plants were sprouting little plant babies, which are excellent candidates for propagation! We followed the stem of the sprout beneath the soil about half an inch, and made our cut there. Straight into the water they go, to encourage new roots of their own!
Kinto Propagation Glass
Some succulents sprout plant babies – much like the aforementioned tropical plants.
When propagating succulents, it is important to only let the roots rest in the water, as succulents generally aren’t impressed by any water on their leaves.
Other succulents, such as Echevaria, can be propagated by leaf cuttings. You don’t need to root it in water at all! Simply place the leaf cutting atop soil, in bright direct sunlight, & let nature do the rest.
WHEN ARE THEY READY?
Wait until your roots are substantial before you pot them in soil. The first week or so, we like to keep the soil of the freshly potted cutting a little moist, so that the roots aren’t feeling shocked by the dryness of the soil. After that, they are ready to be treated with normal plant care!
until next time,