The trees are in full bloom, and inside, houseplants seem like they’re waking up from winter hibernation. Which means…it’s the perfect time to learn how to propagate plants.

I’ve had a lot of success just keeping things as simple as possible with my plants – particularly succulents, philodendrons, and fiddle leaf figs. So, I thought I would share my quick guide to propagating plants.

Consider this a basic how-to though, 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.

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

(Step 1) Leaf Cutting/Trimming/Root Division

The leaf cutting process is simple. You remove a handful of leaves from the stem, place them on a flat surface (like a cookie sheet covered in soil).

Propagating Succulents

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.

(Step 2) Rooting

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.

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