Rooting Plant Cuttings





Introduction: Rooting Plant Cuttings

Now that it's spring, it's time to propagate plants. A cheap and fun way to expand your garden!

Step 1: Block Holes in Bottom of Pot.

Anything will do: small pebbles, styrofoam, or, as I use here, a bent can lid.

Step 2: Add Potting Medium.

The potting medium should drain well. It can be any mixture of potting soil, sand, and perlite. Here I just use straight perlite.

Step 3: Put a Large Drop of Rooting Hormone on a Clean Surface.

I use the bottom of the tin can just because it's easy to dispose of.

Step 4: Cut New Growth From Parent Plant.

These directions are for vines (these images are specifically of a passionflower vine growing near my house), but will work with slight variations for succulents and woody plants.

Step 5: Cut a Segment From Your Cutting.

The prime stock is the section near the tip of the vine. Cut just below the second to last mature leaf node.

Step 6: Remove Bottom Leaf and Any Tendrils.

The roots often sprout from the leaf node once submerged in the potting medium. The leaf and tendrils can be discarded.

Step 7: Dip Cutting in Rooting Hormone.

Make sure to coat the sides of the cutting a few centimeters from the bottom as well as the leaf node.

Step 8: Place Cutting 1/2 Inch Deep in Potting Medium.

Make sure the leaf node is buried.

Step 9: For Further Cuttings, Make Sure to Take a Complete Segment.

That is, use a segment between two leaf nodes. Remove the bottom leaf and treat the bottom and leaf node the same as your first cutting. Dip in rooting hormone and plant in the potting medium.

Step 10: Place the Pot in a Saucer Full of Water.

The potting medium will suck up the water and moisten the cuttings without washing away the rooting hormone. When the top of the potting medium is moist (or the water level has stayed the same for a while), empty out the water. If the pot sits in water, the soil will be too wet and the cuttings will rot.

Step 11: Cover the Cuttings With a Plastic Bag.

This will keep the cuttings from drying out. You don't want them to be too moist, though, so remove the bag for 15 minutes every day. If you can't, poke some holes in the bag so that air can circulate.

Step 12: Wait.

It may take a week or two for the cuttings to root. If the plant stays green and fresh-looking, everything is ok. When there is some resistance when you tug on the cutting, that means the roots have formed and the cutting can be planted in regular soil. Congratulations!



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    Do you think this will work with: azaleas, camellias, peonies? I want to get cuttings from my mom's beautiful yard before we sell her house.

    Thanks for this useful info.

    hydroponics worked great and you don't have to do any thing to make it work.

    i use 5 gallon buckets with a aquarium pump of 160 gallons a hour with a aquarium air bubblier with hydro nutrients.

    blue stone filled 2 gallon drain pot.

    i have taken 30 lilac branch cuttings already this month from the large lilac tree.

    do a 45 degree cut on the branches.

    slip them down into the blue stone hydro system.

    thats all you need to do,your done.

    leave the branches in the hydro tank under florescent lights for one month or until roots develop.

    this is the simplest way imaginable to create new lilac bushes.

    and you don't have to place a moister bag over the branches.

    this method works with soft wood trees and rose bushes.

    Do you already have an instructable written for this? I'd like to see it. Thanks!

    Nice instructable! thanks for sharing : )

    excellent write up. I'm not sure about this vine, but most vines will grow roots just by placing the cutting a bowl of tap water for a week or two.

    You are right. Most vines will root in water. You can also root some vines by just burying one of the nodes on one of the vines. Don't cut it, just strip off a couple of leaves from one node and bury that portion. The intact vine will continue to feed it while it's rooting. After a few weeks you can cut the original vine free again and the rooting will be growing on it's own.

    so similar to strawberrys.... they tend to trail off from the plant.. iv had one in a small pot for about 5 years now, that keeps coming back every year.

    good idea now since i needed help in my science fair project for my school well yeah