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Learn how to propagate plants

How to Propagate - a cheese plant in a jar

What’s the Idea?

Learn how to propagate plants using two popular techniques. A fun and easy way to create new plants from existing ones.

What’s the story?

I’ll never forget when I first walked into my upstairs neighbours’ apartment. I was engulfed in a beautiful oasis of greenery.

It felt like I had walked into a beautiful tropical retreat so I asked her how she managed to create such an abundant indoor plant colony.

And she told me it was all simply propagation.

People should do this because…?

When you learn how to propagate you can produce more of your favourite green leafy friends

And these techniques are particularly useful for making new houseplants.

It’s affordable, fun and rewarding. Plus newly propagated saplings or ‘plant babies’ make great gifts!

How do you do it?

My roommate and I quickly proceeded to try and mimic the sanctuary our neighbours had lovingly created.

It’s best to start with plants that are fairly easy to propagate such as succulents and aroid plants.

Aroids are your typical tropical houseplants such as philodendrons, delicious monsters and anthuriums.

There are several propagation methods from the traditional planting of seeds and layering to rooting a leaf or cutting a stem and placing it in a jar of water.

We decided to try out two methods: rooting a succulent leaf in soil and placing a cut stem from a delicious monster in a jar of water.

Our neighbours were keen to help and gave us our first cuttings.

We placed three little succulent leaves in a pot of sandy high draining soil and lightly misted it once a day. They really love a sunny spot but will thrive just about anywhere. The kitchen windowsill is a great place to enjoy them.

For the delicious monster we cleanly cut the stem near the base and popped it in a tall glass jar of water. They also like bright spaces and as long as they are kept out of dark corners they’ll do just fine.

Both techniques worked really well and it took less than 5 days for each plant to start rooting. It really is quite fascinating to watch the tendrils of roots growing in the jar of water.

We are now hoping to propagate several different species including aloe vera and create an oasis of our own.

Check out this easy step by step guide to water propagation.

Watch this video to learn how to propagate from whole leaf cuttings.

And I would recommend following @hiltoncarter for inspiration and tips.

Stuff you may need

  • A stem or leaf cutting of your chosen plant to propagate.
  • You’ll need either a pot with plant-friendly soil for your leaf cutting or a tall glass jar filled with water in which to pop your stem cutting.
  • A sunny spot for your plant and lots of patience!

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