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How to take streptocarpus leaf cuttings

Overview

Streptocarpus is easy to propagate from leaf cuttings. Summer is the best time to do it, as plant cells divide quickly, promoting growth.

You don't need a lot of kit - just a pot filled with sieved compost, a plastic bag, a piece of string and a good sharp knife.


How to do it

Removing the leaves

1Select a young, healthy looking, medium-sized leaf. Remove it from the main crown of the plant using scissors or a sharp knife.


Cutting the leaf

2Use a clean, sharp knife to cut the leaf into three or four sections. Fill a pot or seed tray with seed and cuttings compost, or mix multi-purpose compost with perlite to aid drainage.


Inserting the cuttings into the compost

3Insert the leaf cuttings into the compost. Make sure you keep the leaf sections the right way up or they won't root.


Watering the cuttings

4Water the cuttings well, then cover with a plastic bag, securing it with a piece of string or twine.


Cuttings ready to root

5Keep the cuttings in a light, warm place. Baby plants will develop from the base of each leaf after six to eight weeks. After 10 weeks, carefully remove each plantlet and pot it on individually.


Adam's tip

Only a few plants can be successfully propagated by leaf cuttings, but those which can include sansevieria, eucomis and begonia.



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