So you wanna learn about propagation, eh? We LOVE propagating plants here at PFAP! Propagation allows us to share the joy of plants with others and that’s what we are all about. Let’s get into it!
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝?
Not all plants can be propagated and the success rate isn’t always 100%. Keep trying and view it as a learning experience, nature does what it wants.
𝗪𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡?
Aroid plants like Pothos, Philodendron, and Monstera tend to respond well to propagation.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐚 𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠?
On a mature vine/tendril, cuttings should be taken between nodes with at least two nodes on the cutting itself. Remove leaves that may be too close to where the node will be submerged. You can increase the chance of your propagations being successful by using rooting hormone, liquid fertilizer, plastic bags over your propagation vessel to increase humidity, or seedling warming mats. These things help to create the perfect environment for cuttings to root.
𝗪𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐮𝐬𝐞?
You can use the common water propagation method. You can also use LECA (lightweight expanded clay aggregate). LECA increases oxygen at root level and helps with rooting as well. You may also choose to propagate directly into a lightweight, fertile soil. In addition, there is a method known as air-layering in which a node of a plant is rooted without taking a cutting. You wrap the node with moss or other moisture retaining material and wrap it with plastic to create humidity. Roots will emerge and then you are able to take a cutting. Plants are ready for soil when they have about 1-2” of root growth in several places on the node or stem.
Please let us know how it goes when you are propagating your plants at home. More than anything, have fun and keep trying!