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Starting Plants from Cuttings

A cutting of a plant growing in a clay pot.

One of the best way to get new plants for your home and garden is by taking cuttings from an existing plant. There are several techniques to ensure success. This is a guide for starting plants from cuttings.

     

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Tip: Garden: Growing New Houseplants From Cuttings

Growing houseplants from cuttings.Free plants! All these plants came from ONE original plant! Bromeliads are great for this because they naturally produce "pups" and you just break them off at the base and put the new pup in potting soil and you have a new plant!

I've also had huge success with Jade plants by clipping off a piece and putting it in potting soil. I do this regularly, and I've found they come in very handy as gifts for house warming presents or get well soon gifts or any occasion. This is the ultimate in thrifty fun! You can get clippings from neighbors' plants and do trades, too. Most people are happy to share, just ask and then offer some from your own garden/yard.

By Lee from Indialantic, Florida

Tip: Bottle Propagator

Bottle PropagatorI made this simple propagator today to hold some sage cuttings that I took from my garden. Cut a plastic bottle in half, place the plant and pot in the bottom half of the bottle, and use the top to cover the cutting. Remove the bottle top occasionally to remove the condensation which helps the cuttings to avoid damping off.

By Richard from UK

Tip: Grow Plants from Cuttings

I have had good success in growing many things from cuttings, like hibiscus and frangipani (plumeria), by dipping the stem in honey and putting the cutting into sandy potting mix mixed 50/50. If the weather is cold to cool, a plastic bag over the pot gives a hothouse style of growing.

Hydrangeas grow easily from cuttings too. Make sure there is a least 3 eyes (leaf nodes). The bottom one should be placed in the soil (I use potting mix) and this is where the roots will grow from, Also cutting off any large leaves is important so all of the plants energy can go to making roots.

Source: This was information from my mother who was an avid gardener

By Roslyn from Morley, WA

Tip: Everlasting Mothers Day Flowers - Rooting Cut Flowers

Starting roots on fresh flowers so they can be planted and come back every year. The gift that keeps on giving.

Approximate Time: 30 - 45 minutes (depending on how many flowers you need to root)

Supplies:

  • fresh flowers
  • potting soil
  • flower pot
  • Shultz Take Root (rooting hormone)
  • scissors
  • water

Instructions:

  1. After enjoying your fresh flowers a couple of days, take them out of the vase. Cut the ends off of each flower.
  2. Fill a flower pot with potting soil, make a hole for each flower you have in the soil.
  3. Take one flower at a time dip it into water, then stir end in Shultz Take Root powder. Remove excess powder by tapping on rim of the container.
  4. Plant treated flowers in potting soil. Water, and mist regularly. The flowers will then grow roots and can be replanted in flower bed, or wherever you desire. Enjoy flowers every year there after.
  5. By Rhondah from Andersonville, TN

Tip: Old Sandbox to Start Plant Cuttings

The kids old sandbox makes a great place to grow cuttings for starting new plants! Be sure to shade the new cuttings from the sun and water frequently until you see new growth. These little plants you are growing will sell for $5.00 each at your next garage sale!

Source: E How - fixitguy1971 article (me) Dated 4/25/09

By Jim H. from Auburn, Ohio

Tip: Rooting Plant Cuttings

An easy way to root angel trumpets, confederate rose, and rose of Sharon is to cut a branch off and put it in water halfway up the stem until it has roots. Put it in the ground and keep watered for a couple of weeks. They return every year.

By chott2004 from Tuscaloosa, AL

Tip: Grow Cuttings To Give Away

Grow Cuttings To Give Away There are many plants that let you take cutting to start new plants. Why not start some in "give-a-way pots". I have several transplants waiting for the right person. They are great for "Welcome to the neighborhood", "Hope you're feeling better", "Have a SMILE", "Cheer up". Great for yard sales or plant swaps, etc.

Also good if you have too many, call your city hall and ask if they need them for the parks and recreation dept. Some places will come and get them and put in landscaping all over town.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

Tip: Starting Trees (and other plants) From Slips

I have used several methods for starting plants for my own use. I once moved on to property that had no trees. Early the next spring, with the blessing of a neighbor, I clipped very thin branches that where long and straight and more then 3 ft long and had buds barely cracked. I put them in 5 gal pails with warm water to which I add willow starter tea. I then changed the water daily by overflowing the pail (not letting the tree slips out into the air). I continued to watch them and eventually about 30-40% sprouted roots (which is good for free). This method works best with the soft wood trees I found.

Organic Willow Starter Tea (must be fresh)

It is made by boiling about a quart of water on the stove for about 15 minutes, then adding at least one heaping measuring cup of soft willow branches. The branches are prepared by stripping the leaves and cutting them into about one-inch lengths. The point is to get the branches from the current years' growth that has a thin bark. Also, recommended is to smash them with a hammer. The willow branch clippings are dumped into the boiling water; the heat turned off; stirring occasionally; and left covered to cool overnight. DO NOT BOIL THE WILLOW ITSELF. This steeps out the chemicals that are beneath the bark. When cool (overnight or longer) the woody clippings may be strained off. The solution put into a clean quart jar and capped. It is best if it is used up within three days. This solution is then used for soaking the cutting ends in overnight before planting them in starter medium.

By Muslimaleila

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Questions

Here are questions related to Starting Plants from Cuttings.

Question: Preparing a Cutting to Use Rooting Compond

What steps should I take for preparing my cuttings before dipping them into rooting compound?

By Glenn

Question: Rooting Whips

How do I root plants (whips)?

By Eddie


Most Recent Answer

By GuyB05/07/2012

You didn't specify what type of plants but it sounds like you are trying to root some sort of tree whips. If that is the case just cut

off the whips you want, remove lower leaves and cut bottoms at a slant. You can use a medium like rootone or if you have access to a willow tree just cut off several branches {fresh and small} and pour boiling water over them and allow to cool. Just put the fresh cut whips in a container and add the willow water and wait for them to root. Check the ends occasionally to make sure they are not getting slimy and change the willow water at least once a week (rooting hormones are made of willow bark!). Good luck.

Question: Propagating Holly Shrubs from Cuttings

A neighbour has given me 2 evergreen holly cuttings from her shrub which is growing beautifully. We believe that you must have a male and female to ensure the plant gets holly berries. Is this true and if so, how can I tell if I have both?

Also any tips on rooting these cuttings would be appreciated.

Thanks

By Shell


Most Recent Answer

By Jan S.11/29/2011

It is true and sadly, there is no way to tell which you have. All you can do is wait and see if you get berries. If both cuttings are from the same shrub, they'll both be male or female depending on the parent.

Question: Texas Sage Cuttings

How do I root cuttings of Texas sage?

By Dianne

Question: Starting Plants from Cuttings

I would like advice for starting new plants from clippings of the plants I have.

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Kevin


Most Recent Answer

By Vi Johnson03/19/2010

It would help to know the kind of plants you want to start. GG Vi