As an apartment dweller, I feel crazied each spring with dreams of having a real proper outdoor garden. Sadly, it isn’t in the cards so I usually redouble my houseplant efforts. Instead of buying new houseplants to feed my addiction, Ipropagate the ones I already have. Pruning stimulates new growth and you end up with a new baby plant to keep or give away. A win/win for poor houseplant hoarders the world over. -amy m.
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What you’ll need:
– Cuttings from a house plant to be propagated. I’ve been successful with rex begonias, ivy, spider plants, pothos and wandering jew.
– clear glass vessel
– potting soil and pot
- With a sharp pair of clippers or kitchen scissors, cut leaf from plant at base.
- Place in small glass container with suitable natural light. Roots should form within several weeks depending on the plant. The pothos above roots quickly, just a week or two. The rex begonia was cut a month and a half before planting.
- When you have significant root growth, remove cutting from water.
- Fill a small pot with potting soil and poke a finger sized hole in the center. Lower Rooted cutting into the hole and gently compact. Monitor water levels as small pots tend to dry out with more frequency.