Are you a plant parent, beaming with pride over how well you’ve nurtured and cared for your babies? Well, it might be time to become a plant GRANDparent! We’ll teach you how to take a cutting from your existing plant and create a whole new plant of your own.
Growing a new plant is done by a process called propagation. This can be done a few ways, including using cuttings, seeds, roots, and some other plant parts. Today we're sharing how we take CUTTINGS from plants in our shop and propagate them. Some of our favorites propagate so easily that once they're placed in plain tap water, they start growing roots within a week!
Here are the little guys with whom we've had the best success:
Check out those roots! One of the best things about propagation is that unlike plants in soil, you get to watch the root system grow.
So how do we do it? It's so easy!
1. Use clippers or a sharp knife to cut a stem at least 4-5 inches long. Cut at an angle for optimal growth.
2. Stick the cutting in room temperature water (from the tap is perfect!) Make sure no leaves are submerged in water.
3. Keep the cutting out of bright, direct sunlight and watch it grow! To maintain your new baby, simply make sure there is enough water in the vessel. Depending on the plant and the proximity to the sun, the cutting may slurp up water quickly. (If you wish, you can stop at this step, using the cutting as a cool accent piece in your home.
Though we haven't tried all of them, here's a solid starter list for plants you can propagate from cuttings:
- African violet
- Creeping Fig
- English Ivy
- Grape Ivy
- Purple Heart
- Swedish Ivy
- Ti Plant
Article By: Chloe Bradburn