PLANT PROPAGATION FOR BEGINNERS

PLANT PROPAGATION FOR BEGINNERS


Let's talk about plant propagation.

  1. First step is to find the root node for the plant you want to propagate.

What is root node and how do you find out?

A root node is where the bud, leaf, twig, or branch grow out of. You can even identify the node without the branch/leaf growing out of it. Look for a scar/knob like small structure on the stem, that usually the root node.

Where to find the node of the plant for propagation?

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  1. Cut just below the leaf node at about 45 degrees and make sure the cutting is 4-5 inches long and consists of several healthy leaves.

  2. Fill a bottle/ jar with room temperature water and place your cutting in it. Make sure to cut any leaves that are close to the node so the leaves don't submerge in water.

  3. Place the bottle in a spot where it will receive bright, indirect sunlight (we have covered different types of lighting terms used and what they mean, in one of our previous posts).

  4. Make sure to change the water every 4-6 days, if the water starts looking dirty/murky. Or you could just top it up if the water level reduces.

  5. Most importantly, have patience. Some plants may take longer than the others. Check weekly for root growth in your nodes.

  6. Once the roots are 3-4 inches long, you can plant them in soil.

Pro Tip: You can create a rooting solution by mixing honey in water to promote root growth.

What plant will you be propagating?