11 Houseplant Propagation Tips


11 Basic Propagation Tips

Propagating plants doesn't have to be difficult. By following a few basic guidelines, you can successfully increase your plant collection, be it for indoor gardening or outdoor gardening. 

  • Clean, sharp utensils (sterilized with alcohol) are a must
  • Take cuttings from a healthy parent plant. If a plant is sick, the cuttings are doomed.
  • Too much rooting hormone is worse than none at all.
  • Rooting hormones that contain a fungicide will aid in preventing plant disease.
  • Use rooting medium that is light and fast draining. New vermiculite, peat moss, perlite, or sand can be used out of the bag. Anything else should be sterilized by heating it for 30 minutes in a 200 degree oven
  • If you’re re-using pots/containers, sterilize them.
  • Using very small containers for propagation keeps you from over-watering and aids in root development.
  • Using soil to propagate can be easier than water alone.
  • Keep the temperature between 70 and 80 degrees F. Indirect light is best for propagating.
  • Don’t allow the soil to dry out, but don’t let it get soggy, either.
  • Use a humidity dome, plastic bag, or plastic sheet to increase humidity and keep the soil from drying out. If using a plastic bag or sheet, you can use small sticks, etc., to keep the plastic from resting on the plants.


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