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Plant Propagation

  • Propagating Monstera
    This is my first time propagating a plant! Does this look okay? My Monstera has a few little roots popping off and it’s been in there for about a month now. When should I re-pot it? Thanks! 
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      Pei I would give it a few more weeks before you transplant it. Just be careful though not to overwater it. Plants develop different root hairs when in a different medium.
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      Sarah When I'm propagating my monstera in water I leave it in for about two months. Try giving it a little more time!
  • Aechmea Fasciata - What To Do With Pups!?
    As you can see from the photo, a pup has been growing from my Aechmea Fasciata for some time now, and it's gotten pretty huge - had to prop up one of the mom's leaves to give it some space.

    Does anyone have experience with removing and propagating pups from bromeliads, if not aechmea's specifically?

    Or maybe you have a really amazing thing you read or watched that helped you do it?

    My understanding is that the mother is pretty much destined to die, so my fear is I screw it up and then both are dead!
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      Berna y Alba I'm having the same question for a while now, because it was difficult for me to find my aechmea so I was very disappointed with the destination to die of the mother plant. At the nursery they told me to split them on the same way that explained [278958,Pei] but I had no idea when. The explanation of @Pei made a lot of sense to me so I'm trying that way. Thanks!!
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      Pei Yea I usually just give the mom a peaceful death by not disturbing /removing the pup. I read that it's important for the baby to absorb all the energy/nutrients from mom... if you do decide to split them, i would say you take the plant out and just pull the two apart ( like how you spilt a snake plant!). Good luck [291063,Plants_Armstrong] !!!
  • Propagated philodendron
    I received a propagated plant from a friend, it looks like there is only one stem that was propagated. Will this become a full plant or should there have been more than one stem planted? Thanks for your help.
  • Calathea bulbs - propagation?
    I repotted this extremely rootbounded calathea yesterday and cut off all the bulbs thinking it will promote new root growth to help the plant become healthy. I tried googling facts about it but haven't been able to find any info. Please enlighten my very little plant knowledge, more so calatheas.

    Is what I did right or not? And can I propagate it using the bulbs?
  • Monstera Cutting
    I took a cutting from a relative's healthy Monstera plant at the end of November, and successfully rooted the cutting in water. My rooted cutting seems to be pretty happy (even produced a new leaf) in water months later, but I wonder if it is feasible for the plant to continue to grow and thrive without soil. I've had other species of plants die after transferring rooted cuttings to soil, so I'm a little hesitate to try with this baby. Anyone have any thoughts or advise on this? 
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      Sarah Plants can stay in water for longer than you'd think - but that doesn't mean it's living its best life. If you have roots, plus you've had it in water for months I'd say it's time to take the leap with putting him in some soil!
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      Pei plants are not meant to live in the water forever - other than aquatic plants. You should transfer your plants to soil once the propagation has take roots. Plants don’t get the same nutrients potting soil provide from water. It won’t die, just won’t thrive either if that makes sense.

      The trick to ease into the soil medium is to not over water the plant. Plants develope a different type of roots when grow in water (forgot the term right on top my head). You want to make sure the soil is evenly moist and help it gradually get use to the different medium. Hope this helps 😊
  • Succulent Propagation
    Hey everyone! I am a newby at succulent propagation, and really all things plants! I’m trying to work on my green thumb, because let’s be honest I’m prone to having a black thumb.. but I have recently started propagating succulents that I have, and I’m somewhat in the middle of the process! I have already set them out to dry and waited for new roots to form. Right now most of the leaves have little baby succulents beginning to grow! However, I’m not sure when to finally plant them in a pot and begin watering less. I feel like they’ve done good so far and I don’t want to ruin them here at the end! Any advice is helpful, thank you!! 
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      Stephanie Nicely done! If you haven't noticed this already, you should eventually see the parent leaves shrivel up to almost nothing. That's when I find is the best time to remove the parent leaf and put the baby plant in a small pot/shallow tray of soil. This way the parent leaves are super easy to separate from the baby plants, and baby plants and their roots grow as big as possible before you try to plant them. When I first started propagating succulents, I smushed many a baby succulent and its roots by getting impatient and separating them too early!
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      Niki How long did it take to grow baby?how often did you water them? They are so shiny🤩, im trying to do the same but im not sure how to water
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      Pei They look awesome!!! There are couple of ways to do it. You can either leave it on top of the soil (like exactly what you are doing now) and the roots will find its way to grab on soil, or you can stick it in the soil and they will just grow 😊
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  • Rooting Hormone

    Hi y'all,

    I am trying to propagate succulent leaves for the first time and have a question regarding rooting hormone. I have the leaves off of the plant and dried them out for a few days in an attempt to callus the ends over but they're looking kind of sad. Is it too late for me to try rooting hormone? I realize that they obviously aren't going to have grown roots by now (it's been about a week since I started the propagation process) but I would like to give rooting hormone a shot it if it's not too late in the process to use it.

    Thanks!

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      Pei I don't suggest to use rooting hormone on succulents tbh. Succulents are honestly relatively easy to propagate. However it does not always mean 100% success rate. It’s always best to take multiple cuttings at the time of propagation, and most importantly be patient.

      if you let it callus over and it's not looking the great meaning it won't work and rooting hormone won't help too.

      in general with succulent propagation, you want to put it in a bright indirect lit environment, which is essential for fast root development and overall appearance of new plant. Hope this helps :)
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  • naturally forming roots around pothos?
    I purchased this huge pothos plant some time ago, and they've come with these brown things that look like roots. I'm now trying to propagate them and took a few cuttings and have them in water, but I wonder if these brown parts are themselves roots and I don't need to sprout new roots before I can plant them? How should this pothos plant be propagated?

    Also, why are these roots forming in plain air?
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      PlntNrd Those are nodes and they roots will form from those. They aren’t actually roots or aerial roots. If you take a cutting, make sure it has these nodes, along with multiple leaves, the roots will grow out of the nodes the are either in water or soil.
  • Troublesome Philodendron Propagation
    Hi All! I recently propagated some philodendron clipping and transplanted them into a nice little planter. Some of the leaves are feeling kind of flimsy and curling a bit, but there's still new growth coming in regardless. I've been watering it every weekend just a bit, is it possible it's either under or overwatering? Any help is appreciated!
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      PlntNrd It definitely looks like it needs more water. When propagating most plants, you need to keep them constantly moist. I often water well and then place in a ziplock bag when propagating. That ensures lost of humidity and prevents the soil from completely drying out. I have a small greenhouse with a bunch of lights, but if you pick a spots with bright indirect light, that should be sufficient. You don’t have to use the plastic bag method, but you should keep the soil from completely drying out when propagating. They plant is trying to put out new roots and needs to keep hydrated, otherwise they just dry up. You can also tell by the leaves on your Brasil Philo that it needs more moisture. When philodendrons are they thirsty, they tend to curl under and feel/appear flimsy, like you’re seeing.
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      jenna hi there. Some plants go into shock when they go from water life to dirt life. It looks like you are underwatering. Probably once a week, or every ten days, water until it comes out of the bottom of the pot. If it’s super dry, your pot will feel physically quite light, and the water will run through quickly. If that happens, water it once more so that the soil can stay a bit saturated. It’s like a sponge, ya know. Water it again when the top 2” of the soil is dry. Or if the pot feel really light to pick up. If you can pinch a bit of soil and water comes out of it, or it feels muddy at all wait to water. :)
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      Kirsten Thompson Hi Clarissa! A couple questions: Have you noticed any yellowing of any of the leaves, despite the new growth? Also, do you have it placed in bright/direct sunlight? You can definitely adjust the watering schedule to see how that helps - maybe go 10 days or so, sticking your finger in the soil to make sure the top inch + is dry, before watering again.
  • Propagating Dumb Cane
    Hey all!
    I had a hard time IDing this plant as it was a gift and it did well for the first few months but as it got quite cold almost all of the leafs fell off. I'm now left with mostly stems, two of which have a single leaf. Do you have any tips for propagating this plant from stems or tips so that it creates more off shoots?
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      Viridian E Update!! Its growing little nubs my guess is its going to be ok!!
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      Pei I think you might want to nurse the plant back to health before propagation. Dumb cane aka Aglonema is relatively a easy medium to low light plant. Give it some times and love-keep it in a spot that’s above 50F-and it should be fine :)
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      Stacey I actually almost killed mine once, it was in the front seat of our car on the floor between my son't feet when we were moving. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid a downed motorcycle, and the Dumb Cane stem was sheared in half when it slid under the dashboard. I was upset about losing the plant, and with hope I just stuck it into the pot when I got it home and it took root and is doing well to this day. You can just pop the stem into the soil!
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  • Schefflera propagation advice needed
    I've had this beauty for about four years now, and I'd really like to try my hand at propagating a new plant from a cutting. I've got propagation hormone powder and plan on propagating it in soil - my understanding is these don't do well with water propagation. I'm wondering if anyone has some pointers or advice on how/where to take a clipping from the plant and any other tips on getting this to work successfully. Thanks in advance! 
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      Mari Many, many years ago I got a clipping off of one of these from my landlord, and I just plopped it in water, and away it went. I'm not sure it that helps, but it was my experience. I believe it was a bit of branch, though you could try to propagate one of the stalks to see if that works?
  • Snake plants
    Hi I propagated my snake plant in August (cut a leaf and let it root in water). I have since planted it and can tell the roots are strong but no other leaves are growing.  It just looks like a planted leaf. Any tips?
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      Pei 100% Agreed with [287148,Andrea]. Propagation is definitely a test of patience! I would also add that proving optimal care will help it grows “slightly” faster. Good luck 👍🏼
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      Andrea Hi Samantha,
      I’m under the impression that snake plants grow pretty slowly, especially when propagating through a cut leaf (rather than through division or rhizome removal) like you did here. Basically, the roots are starting from scratch and need time to develop. It looks healthy, though, and usually you don’t want to fertilize in winter, so I think all you can do is wait for now. As the days grow longer and it gets more light I imagine you’ll see some growth. 🤞🏼🌱
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      Samantha Here he is...
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  • Propagating a spider plant
    What's the best way to propagate spider plant offshoots/babies? In water or just putting them in soil? I just planted mine (with no roots) but I'm not sure if that's the best option!
  • Propagate small plants?
    Can you propagate smaller plants from small plants?
  • Propagate this?
    How do I propagate a fiddle leaf fig?
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      Brooklyn This video will help, best visual explanation of how to propagate. Don't use a knife to cut the main stem like he did, not safe. Use proper shears for a clean cut. If you use the water method to propagate, change the water daily. My FLF is too short to start chopping it to propagate new pups, I need it a little taller for my desired look.
      Best of luck! Post an update, I'd love to see your results.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvgs7b2fcjQ