How to propagate plants indoors for free
Propagate indoor plants properly with these gardening tips.
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If you are a plant lover, you know that one plant is never enough. Fortunately, propagating indoor plants is not only an exciting process to watch but also a cost-effective way to expand your indoor garden or share your love of green spaces with friends.
Picture this: You have a beloved indoor plant that is starting to grow. With a little knowledge and a little patience, you can easily take that treasured plant and propagate it without having to spend more money on seeds or mature plants at the store. Better yet, you don’t have to be an experienced gardener to succeed. In fact, whether you’re new to parenting or a seasoned pro, you can master this technique effortlessly. Here’s how to propagate indoor plants easily and grow a thriving plant sanctuary in your home.
Watch the video above to learn how to propagate indoor plants easily.
How to propagate indoor plants
- Cut a healthy stem from the plant you wish to propagate. Cut at an angle to help the plant absorb as much water as possible. Use sharp, clean tools to make the cuts. This will help prevent the spread of the disease.
- Place the cuttings in a bowl of clean water.
- Over time, the cutting will begin to grow new roots in the water. Patience is key. It may take several weeks or even months for roots to form.
- Make sure the pieces are constantly submerged in water.
- Change the water once a week. This will help prevent root rot, prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, and replenish minerals to keep the plant healthy. You can also add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the water to help prevent bacterial growth.
- Place the jar in a warm, bright place. This will encourage root growth.
- Move it to the pot once the roots have grown at least an inch.
- You may have to make slight modifications to the process for your specific plant.
Soil propagation is another cost-effective way to easily propagate your favorite indoor plants.
Other methods of propagation of indoor plants
- Cut a healthy stem from the plant and remove any lower leaves.
- Optional: Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone. Rooting hormone contains plant hormones called auxins that help the plant root faster.
- Insert the stem into a pot with moist soil.
- Water the soil well and place it in a warm, bright place.
- Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Within 4 to 6 weeks, you should see roots forming. Here are some ways to tell if roots have formed when propagating a plant in soil:
- Lift the plant very gently and check the soil to see if roots have formed.
- If the plant is established, roots have likely formed. If the cutting is still flimsy, it is likely that no roots have formed.
- Look for new growth. If you see new leaves or shoots on your cuttings, this is a good sign that roots have formed.
- Once roots are established, you can transplant the cutting into a larger pot.
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