Time to Start Propagating Our HousePlants

Even though I have hundreds of houseplants, I love to keep propagating more each year. Some I keep, but most I just give away to anyone who comes to the house and says they like the plant. It’s so much fun to watch these little babies grow and so easy to do with most houseplants. Plants can reproduce from pieces of their stem, roots, and leaves. You can also plant their offshoots, divide the root ball, or if you are really adventure try air layeringLearn how to use Air Layering to propagate houseplants.. The main thing to remember is to use cuttings from a healthy plant, one that is free of disease and insects and has a good root system. Taking cuttings from a dying plant rarely works out.

No matter what propagationRead how to propagate houseplants by Plant Division at HousePlant411.com method you use, the new plants will need good light but no direct sun, high humidity so the cuttings do not dry out, and a small, clean, pot with good drainage. Don’t run outside, dig up some soil from your garden,and try to use it for your new plants. It’s a really bad way to start. Invest a little money in some perlite and sphagnum peat moss, use equal parts, and it will help your new plants develop roots quickly. Keep the soil barely moist and never soggy. Also, I always dip the cut end of the plant cutting  in  a LITTLE bit of Rooting HormoneRooting Hormone helps plant cuttings produce new roots and is very important to use if you want your propagation attempts to be successful. Always dip the cut end of a stem or leaf into water and then dip it into the rooting hormone before planting it. Tap off any excess powder since too much hormone is worse than too little.. Little being the key word. Too much Rooting HormoneRooting Hormone helps plant cuttings produce new roots and is very important to use if you want your propagation attempts to be successful. Always dip the cut end of a stem or leaf into water and then dip it into the rooting hormone before planting it. Tap off any excess powder since too much hormone is worse than too little. is worse than none at all since it will inhibit root growth.

Read all about each of these propagationRead how to propagate houseplants by Plant Division at HousePlant411.com techniques: plant cuttingsLearn how to propagate houseplants using stem, leaf, cane, and branch cuttings from HousePlant411.com, plant divisionRead how to propagate houseplants by Plant Division at HousePlant411.com, air layeringLearn how to use Air Layering to propagate houseplants., offsetsHouseplant offsets, or pups as they are sometimes called, are the baby plants that form at the base of certain houseplants.Plant offsets can be used to easily propagate new plants. Wait until the plant offsets have grown at least several inches, then gently detach them from the "mother"plant. Hopefully the plant offsets will have a few roots of their own at this point. Plant the offsets in a small container and keep the plant barely moist but never soggy at all times. and plantletsCertain plants, such as spider plants, send off long slender stems called runners. New plants, or plantlets, that can be used for propagation, often develop at the ends of these runners. Place the plantlets on top of potting soil while they are still attached to the original plant. The plantlets will continue to get nutrition from the parent plant while developing roots of its own. Pin the plantlet to the soil with an open paper clip or a small piece of wire. Once the plantlet has rooted, sever the connection to the parent plant. Alternately, some plantlets can be carefully removed from the runners of the original plant and directly potted. in the Glossary Section of HousePlant411.com        www.houseplant411.com/glossary

If your propagationRead how to propagate houseplants by Plant Division at HousePlant411.com methods are successful and you find yourself with too many plants, consider donating them to a Senior Retirement Home or a Nursing Home. Taking care of a plant and watching it grow is great therapy for everyone.