How to: Propagation.
If you have some house plants that you love, and want to create some little baby ones, without going out and spending money on some new ones, try propagating them! It is the process of cutting a portion from your already grown plant to grow a new one.
Spring is the perfect time to propagate your plants, because they're just waking up from their long winter nap and want to start growing some new leaves.
Propagation is not always the most successful, especially the first few tries, but it is so satisfying when you notice little roots growing. If you follow my very novice steps, you might become a very novice plant propagator too!
The process of propagation allows for new growth in your already mature plant, making sure that it doesn't get too wild and overgrown.
The Monstera Plant (Monstera Deliciosa) is the plant I've found the easiest to Propagate, but others that propagate well are Devil's Ivy/Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum), Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) and the beloved Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata).
What you will need:
- Your plant
- Snips / Sharp Scissors
- A vase with a small opening (like a bottle) filled with clean water
1. On your mature plant, find a node. These can be small little brown pimples or bigger brown root worms like the photo below. Snip below a node so that the new growth can grow from here. If you can, have 2 of these little roots in your cutting for an even better chance of new growth.
For a Fiddle Leaf Fig, you can cut an individual leaf as close to the main stem as possible.
2. It's time to grow some roots. This requires patience, and a spot that gets indirect sunlight. Put your cutting into the vase or bottle and wait! You shouldn't have to change the water in the vase unless it gets gross. This process can take between 2 weeks to 2 months depending on your plant.
3. Wait until the roots have grown at least 5-10cm before putting the plant into soil. They have to have some established roots to keep going. The pot you choose for your plant should have enough space to grow but not swallow it. Place that baby in some sun and give it a good soak every other week and you should see some growth within a month!