Thursday, March 20, 2014
Rooting Your House Plants
Here is one of my success stories.
I acquired the plant I am rooting from a coworker's cutting more than 10 years ago. Since that original cutting, I have rooted this plant many times. They make great gifts for others who love some green in their homes, and it is pretty easy to accomplish with just a bit of patience.
This poor guy was so tall that he was falling over, so I decided it was time to cut him back (since he will grow back), make a few cuttings, and plant some of my cuttings that had already rooted.
My poor floppy plant. I am hoping he will come back like this - perky.
Start by getting a cutting.
Make sure your cutting has at least one whole segment, if your plant has segments. I use the word, segment, but I am sure that is wrong.
Place in a cup of water. If your cutting is just a section make sure all or most of the cutting is under water. If you still have the top leafy portion attached, make sure most of a complete section is immersed in water. These are not scientific rules per say. I have just been more successful following them myself.
Place on a window sill or other direct sunlight. Then... Wait. Add water when it evaporates. Wait some more, etc.
Keep checking on your cutting, not daily, weekly is fine.
Now this is not impossible to root, but I like to wait for a better root system. You can already see the sprout on the side.
So this is a bit farther along than I usually wait, but I was distracted. I did remember to keep watering him, though.
Put the rooted cutting in soil. (Great little red flower pot for $0.97 at Walmart, just in case you were wondering.)
Water the plant. I like to saturate the soil and let it sit for a few minutes to make sure that the new roots will get all the moisture that they need. Then I pour off any extra moisture.
Finally, I wonder at my little oxygen maker. I love my house plants.
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