Multiply your plants without spending a cent by learning how to set up a propagation station.
There are lots of happy moments when you’re a plant parent, such as bringing home a new plant, seeing your plant grow healthy, going to the nursery, and of course, getting free plants without spending. Yes, it’s easy and simple to grow houseplants without buying any seeds or using soil. You might not be aware, but many indoor plants are perfect for propagation, like pothos, snake plant, ZZ plant, string of pearls, string of hearts, and a lot more!
So if you’re looking for ways to turn your home into a jungalow, then we recommend that you set up a propagation center to multiply and grow your plant babies.
What Is Plant Propagation?
By definition, plant propagation is a gardening technique for growing new plants from existing plants. However, some indoor plants like hen and chicks grow their own offsets or baby plants. You simply need to remove the baby plants and replant them in fresh potting soil. Another way to propagate plants is through tip cuttings, stem, or leaf, then place them in water to root.
Best Time of Year to Propagate Plants
The best time of the year to propagate your plants is during warmer months, as spring and summer. The same goes when you’re repotting a plant. It’s best to repot your plants in fresh soil during spring or summer since these are the months when they’re actively growing. We suggest that you research the type of plant you have and its active and dormant growing periods.
Types of Houseplants That Can Be Propagated in Water
There are different ways you can propagate a plant: by repotting it on fresh soil or by rooting it in water. Desert plants and drought-tolerant plants, such as succulents and cacti, should be repotted in soil. However, plants like philodendron, Pothos, English ivy, spider plant, lucky bamboo, and Chinese evergreen can be propagated in water. Research first the type of plant you have and the best way to propagate it.
Materials to Propagate Houseplants
Today, we’re going to teach the simplest way on how to set up a propagation station with the following materials you can find at your home. Don’t forget a sunny window spot and a healthy mother plant.
- Clean, sharp scissors or gardening shears
- Glasses or jars
- Healthy, mature houseplants or fresh plant cuttings
- Tap water or filtered water
How to Set Up a Propagation Station
The easiest way on how to set up a propagation station is to use old glasses and jars, fill them with tap water or filtered water, and place your fresh plant cuttings. Of course, this is for plants that can be propagated in water. A perfect example of this set up is from MyDomaine. It’s important to position your propagation station at a sunny spot since your plant babies will need lots of bright, indirect sunlight as they grow their new roots.
However, most plant parents love to make their propagation station look Instagram or Pinterest-worthy by using test tubes and wood racks.
How to Propagate Houseplants
Propagating houseplants can be a bit intimidating, especially for beginners. Follow these steps on how to properly propagate plants. Trust us, it’s really simple. You got this!
- Choose a healthy, mature houseplant and locate a tiny brown root node. They look like tiny bumps. Carefully cut the stem a couple of inches right before the node. It’s best to include one or two nodes since this is where the roots will grow.
- Cut off any leaves that are too close to the node, especially the leaves that might get submerged in water.
- After cutting the stem, place your plant cutting in a glass vessel or clear tube. Put it in a spot where it can receive enough sunlight.
- Lastly, be patient while your plant takes its time to grow new roots. You can replace the water every few days, especially if it’s murky, or add fresh water to the glass jar or tube when needed.
We hope that this guide on how to set up a propagation station will help you multiply your plants and build the jungalow of your dreams. Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.
Whatever houseplant you choose to transform your home into a lively oasis, you’ll definitely need a stylish planter to display your plant baby in. No matter what your style, there’s an Omysa planter that will be perfect with your garden and home’s décor. From ceramics to fiberstone, check out Omysa’s Shop and add it to your cart!