Plant propagation is the process of creating new plants. It is a practice that dates back almost 10,000 years and marks the start of agriculture in our history. By being able to cultivate plants, we began to create a more stable and convenient food source. This sparked a new way of living and building of community. 

Today we propagate plants for a number of different reasons and in a number of different ways. There are two types of propagation, sexual and asexual. Asexual propagation involves taking a part of a parent plant and regenerating it into a new plant. Below you will find the instructions for the stem cutting method. This is one of the easiest and most used methods of propagation. We encourage you to experiment and have fun watching the amazing ability plants have to grow! 

  • Choose the right plant. Many plants will root from just one cut section of a plant, here are a few we recommend to get you started: Pothos, Fiddle Fig, Snake Plant, Spider Plant, ZZ Plant, Pilea, Tradescantia, Syngonium, Creeping Fig, Coleus, String of Pearls and variety of succulents

  • Using clean, sharp scissors, cut the plant at a growth node. Wondering what a growth node is? A node is an area on a stem where buds and branches are located. This particular location on the plant has a great amount of cellular activity and growth. It is crucial in this process to cut right below it because this is where your roots will eventually grow from.

  • Cover the node area you just cut and at least one more node in a clean, clear vessel full of fresh, room temperature water.

  • Place the plant and vessel in indirect light. 

  • Make sure to pour out and change the water once a week. 

  • Wait and watch your propagated cut stem start to grow roots and flourish. 

Happy Gardening!

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