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Plant Propagation – Dos and Don’ts and Much More

Gardening is one of the most fulfilling hobbies, but often people get demotivated by the exorbitant prices at the nursery. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love plants. Some are able to manage them others are not, but there isn’t a soul who says that I dislike plants

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Sometimes we may not know the right ways to keep those exotic, expensive plants we bought looking at pinterest or someone’s pretty Instagram feed  and we eventually may just kill those plants and vow never to indulge in gardening. 

In this post I have shared some ways that you can propagate a few plants from your existing ones and points to keep in mind when you get new plants home. 

Plants and greenery at home brings joy to one’s heart and tending to them is therapeutic, isn’t it? For me the best shopping is plant shopping, and I have done the mistake of spending many thousands on plants.

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Few things you can do to add to your plant family.

  1. Propagate from existing plants (best option during current times)
  2. Get cuttings/pups from friends
  3. Get cuttings/pups from society gardens, public parks.
  4. Join plant swap groups in your locality.

Some ways you can propagate the plants- cuttings, root division or pups

Propagating plants from cuttings is very easy, you just need to snip off a stem with a few (3-4) leaves. Most plants can just be put in the soil and they root in few weeks, you may put them in water too for you to be able to see the root growth.

Use clean shears and cut just below a node (that’s where new roots will form). You can use rooting powder or honey to promote root growth.

Some sturdy plants that will easily grow from stem cuttings- Coleus, Monstera, Pothos, Aglonema, zz plant.

Some plants like Spider plants, Snake plants, Aloevera and Succulents grow well from either off-shoots or pups or both. Let the baby plants (off shoots grow a few inches and then carefully separate the baby-plant from mother plant from the roots. These are some very interesting plants when it comes to propagation; they can be propagated from pups, off-shoots and even leaves.

Points to consider while propagating-

  1. Ensure that you are taking the cutting from a healthy mother plant
  2. When propagating, a cutting with buds or flowers should be avoided as the chances of survival of such a cutting get low.
  3. Do not keep your cuttings in direct sunlight.
  4. Ensure that the soil is moist (neither wet nor dry, just moist)
  5. Preferably use soil-less potting mix (it is a mix of peat, coco coir, perlite and slow releasing fertilizer) Soil-less potting mix reduces the chances of rotting in cuttings.

Here are a few things you can do while getting new plants from the nursery.

  • Check the leaves, avoid plants with (unhealthy) yellow or brown or discolored  leaves.
  • Check for pests. check the plant thoroughly under the leaves, stem and top 1-2 inches of soil for pests.
  • If you are getting a flowering plant, get the ones with lots of buds rather than ones with lots of flowers.
  • See if you have similar conditions (at home) as required for that plant. Some plants need bright sunlight some can thrive in low lights.

Re-pot the plant only after a few weeks to avoid any shock or discomfort to the plant.

last but not the least –  Once you get any plant from outside (friends, nursery or as a gift) ISOLATE the plant! Yes, you must quarantine the plant for at least 10-14 days. Yes, you read it right! It is best suggested to put the plants away to avoid the pests from spreading from new plants to the existing ones.

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Happy Gardening!

 


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