Propagating Your House Plants

I was given these house plant cuttings from my friend Mariana a couple weeks ago. She instructed me to put them in water as they will grow again by rooting.

I took the cutting gladly and immediately went to home to place them in water. I then thought about all the house plants that I could get cuttings from and regrow them. I could have an entire house full of beautiful house plants inexpensively and helping the environment by REUSING nature. Fantastic.

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Low and behold, two weeks later, “Wahhhh Laaaaa” they have began to root.

I started to research and found that house plants can be propagated in many different ways, however, the most common method of propagating plants is through terminal cuttings, sometimes called tip cuttings. In commercial nurseries, these tip cuttings are often placed directly in potting soil, then covered with plastic tenting while the roots have a chance to develop. Many gardeners root their houseplants by simply dropping a properly prepared tip cutting into a glass of water.

So what is a tip cutting?

Tip cuttings are a section of stem with at least one or buds. A properly sized tip cutting should be at least 4 or more inches in length and contain at least several leaves.

The anatomy of a stem

If you’ve ever taken a close look at a stem, you might notice that the stem contains a series of nodes ~ I like to think of them as joints. It is from these joint-like nodes that leaves, flowers, shoots, and roots develop. When taking a cutting that includes both leaves and nodes, you have all the components necessary for propagating a brand new plant.

How to root a cutting

Some houseplants are much easier to root than others, and the tip cutting method of rooting seems to work best on vining plants. Philodendron, pothos, prayer plants and grape ivies are a few examples of vining plants that can be easily propagated. Wax begonias, geraniums and certain varieties of peperomias can also be propagated using this method.

To remove a cutting from live plant, simply cut below the node. Remove the lowest leaves from the stem, and place the cutting in a lukewarm glass of water. Place in a sunny window, and watch new roots begin to develop somewhere after 3 to 5 weeks. During this period, it is important to keep an eye on the water level. Since roots will develop from the nodes, the nodes must be kept submersed.

Once the cuttings have a nice root system, it is time to transplant the plant into a container.

How fantastic is that??? Amazing. So, cut and re-plant!!!

I will allow my roots to grow a bit longer before planting them into soil. However, I will update this blog when I do that.

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