How To Grow Plants From Cuttings

I love this idea, mostly because I remember where each and every plant in our garden came from, and it’s so cool to imagine that in a few years I’ll be able to look at these and know that their “parents” are growing in my faraway friends’ home (theoretically, I mean; we’re talking Remedial Gardener over here, and these plants will need a bit more than a wish and a prayer to make it through alive).

Step 1: Use sharp scissors to snip off shoots from "parent plant"
Using sharp scissors (a sharply cut edge will regrow roots better than a messy one), snip off shoots from the plant, cutting at a slight angle. Make the cuttings about 8″ long, and strip the leaves from the lower third, along with any flower buds (which will pull out too much nutrition).

Step 2: Keep cuttings in water until roots are visible
Put the cuttings in a vase of water (adding a little liquid fertilizer, if you have it – I didn’t, but the roots grew just fine anyway) and let them sit out of direct sunlight for a few days, changing the water every couple of days, until you see that roots have begun to grow.

Note: This step apparently varies quite significantly depending on the type of plant you’re trying to grow – some plants will need to be treated with rooting hormone; others should be started in sand or soil – so do a little research before you get started.

Step 3: Place cuttings in rich soil and water well
Place the cuttings in rich soil, spaced a few inches apart from each other, and water well. Subsequent waterings should be done with a “fine mist” to keep the plant hydrated without disturbing the root structure.

Read more from Ramshackle Glam here.

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