The process of rooting cuttings in water is an effective method of propagating many types of houseplant.
Once cuttings have developed a good root system, they can be potted up in compost. On top of houseplants, various tender perennials and summer bedding plants can also be propagated by this method.
If you’re not sure about whether a houseplant is suitable for taking cuttings, try taking a small cutting anyway. It’s fun to experiment and see what takes and what doesn’t. Once your new plants are established, they make great gifts and if you keep taking cuttings you’ll have a never-ending supply to gift to friends and family.
Follow these easy steps to taking houseplant cuttings, below.
You Will Need
Plectranthus, or other suitable houseplant
Jar of water
Choose healthy shoots of new growth and cut lengths of roughly 10-20cm. Cut below a leaf joint with a sharp knife. Remove lower leaves to ensure a clean stem is submerged into water.
Taking cuttings of houseplants – cutting the stem
Push the base of the cuttings in a jam jar or glass of water. Top the glass right up to its rim with water and stand in a warm, bright position.
Taking cuttings of houseplants – placing the stem in water
Keep the water topped up. Within a few weeks you should see white roots emerging from the stem.
Taking cuttings of houseplants – stem with roots
Once a good root system has developed, pot the cuttings in compost. Keep the compost moist and pinch out tips to encourage branching of plants.
Taking cuttings of houseplants – potting up the new plants
You can root many houseplants in water, including African violets, cane-stemmed begonias, coleus, cyperus, impatiens, ivy, rubber plants and verbena, Philodendron scandens, epipremnum and tradescantia.