As plant lovers, we are always looking for new ways to share the plant love! Thats why we have just added our new community propagation station to our tropical floor! The process is simple:
Step 1: Bring a cutting from home.
Step 2: Place it in one of our jars at the station that is filled with water.
Step 3: Grab a new cutting you don’t have from the station. Please leave our bottles here for future cuttings! We suggest bringing a cup of water from home to transport your cuttings.
Please be courteous! This station runs on the honor system, so please bring cuttings with you to trade! Please do not remove our bottles from the station. Following these guidelines will ensure there are plenty of cuttings to go around.
Below, we will go into detail about how to propagate as well as useful products to help you in your new propagation adventure!
Propagation is the process of creating more plants from a mother plant. Propagations can be used to create new potted plants, or help to fill out those leggy hanging baskets. Propagation is different for every plant so it’s important to know what kind of plant you are working with. Some plants such as Sansevieria can be propagated using multiple different methods. We suggest skimming through the points below, then doing research through Google or YouTube for information on how to properly propagate your plant. You can also come into the store to speak with our sales associates to determine which method works best for your plant. It’s important to know that not all propagations will survive! The process puts the plant through shock and sometimes it’s just too much for it. If it doesn’t survive, don’t fret because you can always try again! It is also important to know that some plants root easily and more rapidly than others, so if your plant is not forming roots, give it some time, some can even take months for roots to start growing!
- Not all plants can be propagated using water, but it is one of the easiest ways to propagate. Some plants need to be split like ZZ plants or Alocasia, and some can be propagated from a leaf like the Echeveria succulent, whose fallen leaves turn into new plants right in the soil below the mother plant.
- The most popular plants for water propagation are Pothos, Philodendron, Hoya, Sansevieria, and Peperomia, just to name a few.
- A leaf may grow roots in water, but without a node, the plant will never grow. A node is a small bulbous area where the leaf and aerial roots grow out of. Cut right below the node and stick it in water and watch as the roots form!
- Once there are multiple roots that are 3 inches long, it is time to plant your cutting!
Products You May Need
Here is a list of popular products that help in the propagation process. For any questions, feel free to speak with one of our sales associates!
Rooting Powder – CLICK HERE – Helps to shorten the length of time it takes for roots to develop.
Propagation Stations – CLICK HERE – These hold water and your cuttings while roots start to form.
Pruners/Shears – CLICK HERE – Sharp clean tools are essential for making clean cuts while propagating and pruning your plants.
Lecca – CLICK HERE – Clay pebbles and water provide a new medium for propagation and planting. This process requires research and other special materials to perform.
Perlite – CLICK HERE – Some people prefer to root their cuttings in perlite and water.
Gardening Gloves – CLICK HERE – Keep the mess from hitting your hands with these gloves.
Seed & Cutting Mix – CLICK HERE – This mix is sterile and perfect for starting seeds or new propagations.
Seed Starting Tray – CLICK HERE – Compact tray for starting multiple seeds and/or cuttings.
Heat Mat – CLICK HERE – Keep you cuttings at an appropriate temp with this heat mat.