Ever since I was little, I’ve been sticking cuttings in water or dirt and watching them grow. Some make it into maturity and some fail miserably. Either way, a great learning lesson for a young girl growing up in the country. And all that cutting and spawning has brought me to where I am today.
I’ve dabbled in leaf and stem cuttings in dirt and in water. Water being the most exciting as you can watch the progression of roots fill up the glass jar and revel in just how green you think your thumb is. I don’t claim to be a pro here but you don’t need to be a pro to play with plants, you learn by practicing, succeeding and failing. Just like most other things in life. And along the way, you learn all the valuable lessons that plants have to teach us about the world.
With my collection of house plants growing, I’ve spent much of my Canadian winter days dabbling with propagation and watching my additions rooting before my very eyes.
My first house plant cutting I stuck in water was my Marble Queen Pothos. These plants are almost impossible NOT to propagate so I was only mildly excited to see it form roots after a couple weeks in water. Then, rolling with the propagation bug, I threw in a Ficus Elastica stem cutting, then another one and then a couple Ficus Audrey leaf cuttings. All of which seem to be rooting in the water.
*NOTE* If you take nothing else away from this writing today then here is a tip I learned online. Pothos cuttings help other cuttings root faster. Apparently, it’s been proven but even if it hasn’t, all the cuttings I put in the jar after the pothos have rooted way faster then the initial pothos cutting on her own. So I’ll use that tip in the future if I have a cutting to spare.
I have also started propagating my Peperomia leaf cuttings. I’m still waiting for progress in that department but very eager as Peperomia is by far my favourite houseplant.
To make the cuttings, I used clean pruning scissors and took off a few leaves and stems. There can be a right and wrong place to cut but I’ve had success using many different cut locations. Sometimes I’ll split the stem in 4 at the tip before putting it in water to help promote roots. I have yet to use rooting hormone but I know some have good luck with it. Sometimes instead, it helps to have other rooting babies in the same jar to help push them along. Always make sure to change the water as it starts to get scuzzy, about every week and then just hold your socks and wait for progress! Mine take anywhere between 1-3 weeks to start rooting depending on the plant. Then once you have about 2 inches of roots, pot it up into some dirt. Or let it keep growing as a nice centre piece.
Some of these cuttings will be for sale in our farm store this spring. Some cuttings will be planted in nursery pots and some will be for sale as rooted cuttings. They can be wrapped in wet newspaper and transferred into water or dirt once they make it home. I will not be shipping them at this time because I cannot guarentee their safe arrival in the mail so it will be pick up only.
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Thanks for reading and happy spawning!