Plant One on Me: 3 Easy Steps to Plant Propagation

How to propagate plants. Click through for 3 easy steps to plant propagation. #houseplant #propagation #plants #plantdiy

The trees are in full bloom, and inside, houseplants seem like they’re waking up from winter hibernation – the perfect time for propagating. Which is just a fancy way of saying that you can get new plants from the plants you already have…for free! Who wouldn’t want that?!

Click through for the fool-proof guide to propagating plants with ease.

So, there’s a lot of information out there, from a variety of techniques to stuff called “rooting gel” but honestly, I’ve had much success with my plants, particularly succulents, philodendrons, and fiddle leaf figs while keeping things super simple.

Consider this a basic how-to, not a super scientific break down, because when it comes to propagating I’m really only looking to accomplish 1 of 2 things:

1. adding more plants without spending much, if any, money
2. keeping existing houseplants from getting too wild and overgrown

Also, baby plants make great housewarming/hostess/friend gifts. Just sayin’. ANYWAY, in my experience, propagating can be narrowed down to these basic steps…

How to propagate plants. Step 1) Trimming... Click through for 3 easy steps to plant propagation. #houseplant #propagation #plants

How to propagate plants in 3 easy steps. Who knew it was so simple to get new plants from ones you already have in your home? #houseplant #propagation #plants

Step 1: Leaf Cutting/Trimming/Root Division

Depending on the type of plant you’re working with, you’ll begin with cutting or dividing your plant.

For succulents, you typically begin with leaf cutting, a process where you remove a handful of leaves from the stem, place them on a flat surface (like a cookie sheet covered in soil), wait for them to scab over before planting in the soil to grow tiny “pups.”

For monsteras and philodendrons, I use a trimming technique where I cut off an offshoot that already has one or two root notches (the little bumps where roots are beginning to grow again).

Depending on how many stems your plant has, you can also use root division, where you essentially split the existing plant into smaller bunches of plants. (Pro-tip: Try this technique if you already plan to repot, since it can be a little messy.)

For fiddle leaf figs, you can trim individual leaves close to the main stem.

There are a few other techniques that are privy to specific plant varieties, but these are a pretty good place to start.

How to propagate plants. Step 2) The propagating process... Click through for 3 easy steps to plant propagation. #houseplant #propagation #plants

Step 2: Rooting

After you’ve cut, trimmed, or divided, it’s time to grow some roots. This can take anywhere from a couple weeks, to a few months. Aside from succulents, which need to heal and scab over before being planted and watered, I usually choose to root offspring in clear jars of water.

I like using water instead of planting them directly into soil because I can easily keep an eye on the root growth without having to disturb the plant, and it makes for pretty home decor while you wait for them to grow large enough for a pot.

Keep the plants in indirect sunlight, and you shouldn’t really need to change out the water much unless it starts to look gross, or if a lot has evaporated. Otherwise, leave ’em be and let them grow.

Step 2 for Propagating Your Plants: Rooting. Check out 3 Easy Steps to Plant Propagation. #houseplant #propagation #plants

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Step 3: Potting

The final phase of propagation is potting, which includes putting them in a pot with soil, watering, and fertilizing if you desire.

Once I feel like my plant babies are good and strong with substantial root systems, I pot them with fresh soil, making sure they have enough room to continue growing but not too much room to where the plant can’t hold itself up. Then, by next spring, they’re be ready for another round of propagating.

Learn how to propagate plants in three easy steps. So easy! #plants

How to propagate plants in 3 easy steps. Who knew it was so simple to get new plants from ones you already have in your home? #houseplant #propagation #plants #philodendron

Have you ever tried propagating plants? Do you think you’ll give it a try next time you’re itching for a new houseplant?








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These are really good tips. It seems like whenever I try to do this I mess up, and I really need to get it right.


I absolutely love this idea, I need to do this with my houseplants!


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Love the gardening posts.


Awesome tips! I’m actually propagating a ton of plants right now. They are cluttering my counters but look so pretty in water lol. I’m giving half of them away as gifts. I have fiddle leaf figs, schelleras, pothos, philodendrons and jade plants cuttings in soil. I’m also trying to root some avocado plants.


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When my cuttings are almost ready to plant I’ll start mixing a little dirt in with their water. It seems to lesson the shock when I transplant to their pot.


Thank you for the tips! I’ve been propagating plants for about 9 months now (mostly succulents and indoor plants) and it’s so fun. Recently, I have been into water propagation – tried it with a spider plant baby and pothos. So far its successful!


Oh I love these tips. I have always been so frightened of propagating my own plants. Thank you so much. I cant wait to share it

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