A how-to guide on propagating plants, indoor and outdoor.
This is a basic how-to guide and we encourage you to reach out to your local extension service office and practice, practice, practice.
- Pruning shears – or if unavailable, knife/scissors
- Sprayer – to keep foliage moist
- Rooting hormone – not needed but recommended
- Find/borrow/steal a plant cutting
- keep the end-point you cut moist if possible until you’re ready to root
- place soil into pot
- cut foliage by roughly 50% (from tip of leaf inward) – helps reduce surface area that releases moisture from plant
- dip cutting tip into rooting hormone – if you are using it
- place cutting into soil, pay slightly to make sure it doesn’t fall over
- water plant and spray foliage
- keep soil moist – rooting may take 1-2 months
- collect multiple cuttings when getting started – better safe than sorry
- practice, practice practice – a rooted plant is wonderful gift