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Kate's Plant Propagating Tips & Tricks

Kate's Plant Propagating Tips & Tricks

If you’re like me and love a bit of greenery in your life, why not give propagating a go? Here is my easy step by step guide to help extend your existing house plant collection, the best bit is you only need a few things.

Propagating isn’t as hard as it sounds, it’s one of the easiest things to do when bored at home with nothing to do.

Follow my steps below and you’ll be propagating all sorts of gorgeous house plants in no time.

Before you get started you will need to find a pair of sharp clean scissors (or a sharp knife), and a small jar of clean water.

Step one:

On a mature vine, find a tiny brown root called a “node” (this is where the stem and the leaf meet) this is the key to propagating plants such as potho’s and philodendrons. You want to snip off just before the node, as once you place this in the water the node is where the new growth comes from. 

Step two:

Remove any leaves that are close to the node as we don’t want these ending up under the water.

Step three:

Once you've got the cutting in your jar of water you then need find the perfect spot for it. Make sure it’s placed in an area with light to moderate indirect sunlight. I usually put mine in a bright bathroom as the lighting is usually good and they look great too!

Step four:

The hardest part of propagating is definitely this step, which is be patient!!! You don’t want to take the cutting out of the water when the roots haven’t formed as well as they could of. Check the growth of the roots coming from the node on a weekly basis. Make sure you change the water once a week too and keep topping it up if it's looking low. The roots can take around 3-4 weeks to develop or its good to plant once the roots are around 1-2 inches long.

Step five:

PLANT!! You just need to plant your cutting the same way you would pot any plant in soil. If you have lots of the same cutting, then you can plant these all together in one pot. Or plant them individually to have lots of little plants to place around the house.

Kate R