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?
Yes you can propagate using stem 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 hormone that contains a fungicide. 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 light. Check the plant every few days to be sure the soil stays moist. Tug on the stem cuttings after a few weeks, if there is resistance, roots have developed and the propagation 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 light.
Let me know how things work out.