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Tips For Growing Healthy Plants

Growing Plants from Cuttings

Taking cuttings from your favourite plants is one of the quickest -- and easiest -- ways to make more plants for free. Some plants root so easily that you can start them in a glass or jar of water. Examples include: Money plant (Scindapsus species), Philodendron species, Coleus (Solenostemon), Draceana species, 


Materials for Cuttings

  • Sharp knife or pruning shears
  • Containers for potting up the cuttings
  • Potting mix, perlite, vermiculite, or sand
  • Rooting hormone

How and where to take cuttings

To make your cuttings, select healthy growth that's 8-15cm long. Try to make a sharp cut; just below the last internode. Mashing the stems may make it more difficult for the shoots to develop new roots. Remove leaves from the lower stalk of the cutting.


In growing medium

Immediately pot up your cutting in moist potting mix, sand, perlite, or vermiculite. To speed up the rooting  process, you can dip the stems in rooting hormone before  you pot them up. It is recommended to have half the  length of cutting is planted in the potting media. Once potted, water the cuttings in and cover loosely by  wrapping it in clear plastic to keep your cutting humid.  Some plants root more quickly than others, so be patient.  On average, it takes a month or two for your cuttings to  root and become established enough that you can plant  them.



After Care

The cuttings need to remain moist but not too wet. Every couple of days, remove the plastic cover and turn it inside out to remove the condensation. Water only if the soil is. Keep the new cuttings away from heat and direct sunlight. The plastic acts as a mini-greenhouse for the herbs; you do not want them to get too warm or they’ll cook.  Once the plant have rooted, you can transfer them to your garden or a bigger pot.


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