Are your plants looking a little lonely? Don’t have the resources to purchase new ones? No worries! Plant propagation might be the best way to add more beautiful air-purifying plants to your home.
What is propagation?
To put it simply, propagation is an easy and inexpensive way to produce new plants from the ones you already have.
Sounds pretty cool, right?
This means of reproduction includes a variety of methods that you can try out. The most common methods are cuttings, layering, and division. The best technique will depend on the types of plants you have and which ones you want to propagate, along with how much time and effort you’re willing to put into the process.
To help you figure out which technique you want to try out, let us break down how each one can be used to produce more beautiful air-purifying plants.
This is the one of the most popular methods of propagation for houseplants, as it’s quite easy to do. All you have to do is:
- Look for a healthy leaf, stem, or root.
- Using a clean knife, diagonally cut out a piece about 3-6 inches long (or shorter depending on the plant’s size).
- Dip the cut end into rooting gel to seal the cut tissue and promote growth (optional, but recommended).
- Place cuttings in a growing medium like sand, soil, water, or peat and perlite.
- Give your new plants bright, but indirect sunlight, and keep area slightly humid.
This is a way to grow new plants from plants you already have without taking any cuttings. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Bend part of a branch or stem to the ground.
- Leave about 6-12 inches of the tip uncovered and upright so it grows straight up.
- Cover the middle portion with soil.
- Anchor the buried stem/branch with a stone.
- Scrape or “wound” the underside of the stem/branch to encourage rooting (optional, but recommended).
- Keep area moist and free of weeds.
- Give the roots some time to grow.
This form of propagation involves dividing clamps into clumps to form new ones. It’s a pretty easy process to follow, and can be done during repotting, so here’s all you need to do:
- Dig around the perimeter of the plant and gently pull it out of the ground.
- Divide the plant into separate clumps (make sure each section contains roots, bulbs or tubers!).
- Place the segments into water to prevent them from drying out.
- Prep the soil/pot while the plants soak in the water.
- Add peat moss or organic compost to promote growth.
- Replant the segments and cover with amended soil.
- Water regularly.
Tip: Divide spring and summer-flowering plants in fall, and fall-flowering plants in spring.
Author: Angela Morilla