Let's Talk Propagating

Let's Talk Propagating

Once you’ve grown a plant or two successfully from seed or sprout, you may want to try your hand at propagating. We have a few tips to get you started.

What is it?
Propagating is taking small sections or cuttings of one plant and growing a new plant. 

Why do it?
It can help prolong the life of herbs and encourage new growth in an existing plant. Plus, it’s a way to get more green in your home or create plants you can gift! 

glass with with green leaves propagating on top of a white marble coffee table

How do you do it?
We’ve got eight simple to follow steps to start your propagating adventures.

1. Research your plant to ensure it can be propagated in water. Not all house plants can be easily propagated in water. Some common plants that propagate well in water include pothos, spider plants, philodendron, and Chinese evergreens.

2. Take stem cuttings from healthy, mature plants. You’ll want to choose stems that are long enough and have several nodes (the points where leaves emerge). Make sure to use clean and sharp scissors or pruners to avoid damaging the stems. 

overhead angle of green leaf stems in a short glass vase with a hand holding it on top of a wooden table

3. Remove the lower leaves from the bottom one or two nodes of the cutting. This helps prevent submerged leaves from rotting and keeps the water clean.

4. Fill a clean glass or jar with room temperature water. Add a Botanical Keeper and then insert the stem cuttings into the water, ensuring that at least one or two nodes are submerged. Make sure the leaves are above the waterline.

Modern Sprout Pink Produce Keeper set on top of a round glass vase with three green stems propagating in water

5. Place the glass or jar in a location that receives bright, indirect light.

6. Change the water every few days or when it becomes cloudy. Fresh, clean water helps prevent the growth of algae and keeps the cuttings healthy.

two glass vases with Modern Sprout Botanical Keepers on top of a white shelf

7. Be patient! It takes time for roots to develop. Give the cuttings several weeks to grow roots. Some plants may take longer than others.

8. Once the cuttings have developed a good root system (at least 1-2 inches), transplant them into a pot with well-draining potting soil. Water them thoroughly after transplanting and continue caring for them as you would any houseplant.

Now you’re ready to give it a go! Share what you’re propagating with us by tagging @modsprout.

Happy Cultivating,
The Modern Sprout Team

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