If you love a house filled with plants, then you absolutely need to know how to propagate houseplants! This will not only save you money, but it's also a fun project to do with your loved ones, plus not to mention the added benefit of extra oxygen and air-purifiers in your home! Keep reading to learn how to propagate houseplants and never have to pay for them again!
How to Propagate Houseplants
There are many ways to propagate houseplants, but today we'll show you the best and easiest ways! These methods include division, softwood cuttings, and leaf cuttings.
#1. Dividing Plants
Plant division is easy and the best way to ensure plant multiplication. Any plant that has more than one central stalk is a candidate for plant division. These include most perennials such as hostas, day lilies, iris, phlox, coneflowers, black eyed susans, asters, and astilbes.
- Start by digging up the entire plant.
- Separate the crowns in order to make new plants. Some plants may be separated by just using your fingers, while others may be a bit more resilient and require cutting. No worries though, your new plant will be fine!
- Replant each crown that was separated immediately into a pot. Water well and follow regular care guidelines!
#2. Propagating With Cuttings
This basically involves cutting the stem of a houseplant and sticking it directly in water or soil! It's as simple as that and can be done with most soft wood (hence the term softwood cuttings).
Simply cut the stem off, place in a glass of water until roots form and then transfer to soil. Or, stick directly into the soil and water thoroughly.
#3. Propagating Leaf Cuttings
This method is super easy and works wonderfully for plants such as succulents. As the name suggests, you simply cut off the leaves of a houseplant along with some of the stem, and you plant it directly into the soil.
For succulents for example, you don't need to “plant” them into the soil, but rather just lay them down on the soil and they'll do the rest of the work! Easy peasy! Read more on how to propagate succulents.
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