How to Propagate a Schefflera Plant with Bare Stems

I have a healthy, large Schefflera. I decided to trim the bare stems that only had leaves at the top. Can I propagate new plants from the large stems I removed? If so, how do I do it?

Hi Donna,

Yes you can propagate using Stem CuttingsLearn how to propagate plants using stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, cane cuttings, and branch cuttings.. Use the top of the cutting plus 6″-8″ of stem. Remove about 1/3 of the leaves. Dip the cut end of the stem into a small amount 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. that contains a FungicideLearn what fungicides are and how they are used to treat fungal and bacterial plant infections.. This is a large cutting so plant the stem in a 6″pot (drip holes in the bottom) of moist potting soil. Place in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. Check the plant every few days to be sure the soil stays moist. Tug on the Stem CuttingsLearn how to propagate plants using stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, cane cuttings, and branch cuttings. after a few weeks, if there is resistance, roots have developed and the propagationLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at https://www.houseplant411.com/glossary was successful. You can cut the remaining stems into 6″ sections and repeat the process above using 4″ pots. Cover the plant with a clear plastic bag and again place in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light..

Let me know how things work out.