One of the easiest forms of propagation, this method is great for
popular indoor plants such as the Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum
cv.), Philodendron varieties and Hoyas.
– Take a cutting (using clean, sharp secateurs or scissors) from a
stem, positioning the cut just below a node (the spot where a leaf
joins the main stem)
– Remove the bottom leaf and place the stem into a jar of clean
– Replace the water every few days until you can see roots growing
– Once roots have developed, transplant the cutting into a pot with
good quality potting mix
01:17 Method Two – Side Shoot Cuttings
Often referred to as “pups”, side shoots are those that grow from
the side of the “mother plant.” This is common in plants like
succulents, bromeliads and many indoor plants, including the
Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides).
– Locate the side shoot or pup at the base of the plant
– Using sharp floral snips, gently cut the side shoot just below the l
level of the soil
– Place the cutting into some well-drained potting mix and compost
– Keep moist but not damp, and a new plant will develop in no time
02:07 Method Three – Leaf Blade Cuttings
Turn one plant into many using a leaf blade cutting! Great for indoor plants including the ever-popular Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata cv.).
– Take a cutting from the base of the Snake Plant leaf as close to
the soil as possible
– Cut the leaf into segments of around 10cm each in length, and
place a small mark on each cutting to indicate the “top”
– Allow the segments to site for a couple of days to develop a
– Dip the base of the callused cuttings into some rooting hormone
– Place cuttings about 3cms into a pot containing a blend of perlite
– Gently mist or water in
03:26 Method Four – Leaf Vein Cuttings
For any indoor plant with prominent leaf veins, this is a terrific
method of making more plants from not much. Jane
demonstrates with a Begonia Rex (Begonia rex cv.), but this same
method can be used with African Violets, Peperomia species and
– Snip a leaf from the main plant and, with sharp floral snips or a
budding knife, remove any stem as close to the petiole as
possible. (The petiole is the point where the stem attaches to the
– Place the leaf face-down onto a surface so that veins are visible,
including the large mid or main vein
– Cut leaf into segments, including a section of the main vein in
– Place the cuttings face-up on the surface of a rich potting mix
blend, and secure in place with a hair clip, bobby-pin or piece of
– Once roots have developed, these cuttings can be gentle
transplanted to their own pots.
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