How to take cuttings from houseplants

We show you how to root houseplant cuttings in water in four easy steps.

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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, try taking a small cutting anyway. It’s fun to experiment and see what takes and what doesn’t – lots of houseplants will surprise you. Once your new plants are established, they make great gifts to give and if you keep taking cuttings you’ll have a never-ending supply.

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Follow these easy steps take houseplant cuttings.


You Will Need

  • Plectranthus, or other suitable houseplant
  • Scissors
  • Jar of water
  • Plant pots
  • Multi-purpose compost

Step 1


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.

Step 2


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.

Step 3


Keep the water topped up. Within a few weeks you should see white roots emerging from the stem.

Step 4


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.


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.