Plants That Can Be Rooted From A Cutting

An overview of plants that can be rooted from a cutting including common varieties, methods and tips for success.

There are lots of common plants that can be rooted from a cutting. Many houseplants such as a Wandering Jew, Umbrella plant or Ivy are all excellent candidates to propagate from a cutting. Growing plants this way is not usually difficult, it just requires patience.

Using the parent plant to create new plants is a wonderful and inexpensive way to replenish your older tired plants with identical and fresh new ones. Once you get the hang of rooting your plants from a cutting, you'll have so many new plants you'll start giving them away as gifts too!

Plants that can be rooted from a cutting

There are lots of common plants that can be rooted from a cutting including: African Violet, Arrowhead, Begonia, Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Dracaena, English Ivy, Jade plant, Poinsettia, Swedish Ivy, Umbrella Plant, Velvet Plant and Wandering Jew. Undoubtedly, there are many other common plants that will root from a cutting.

How to successfully root plants from a cutting

You'll have the most success during the spring and summer months but plants can be rooted from cuttings all year long. Use only healthy plants that are free from disease and insects. Most plants create their own rooting hormone to help aid the new roots but you can purchase a commercial rooting compound if you'd like to help speed up the process. Also be sure to use sharp scissors and cut at an angle to avoid damaging the plant and its ability to take in water.

Most cuttings should be rooted in a well-drained soil, though you may have success rooting various plants in a cup of well-aerated water. You will probably find that the plants rooted in soil are hardier and easier to transplant than those rooted in water. The most important thing to think about when choosing your rooting medium is that it is a medium weight mixture that is well drained so the plant does not rot before the roots begin to form.

Different types of cuttings

There are a few different ways to cut plants in order to propagate them including leaf cutting, stem cutting, cane cutting, leaf-vein cutting, and leaf-bud cutting. Some plants can only be rooted using one of these methods. However, some plants may be rooted from a variety of cuttings. After a few tries, you'll know what the most successful method is for all of your favorite plants.

Leaf-section cutting means you cut leaves into small sections that will eventually sprout new growth. This method works well for plants like the Snake plant or Begonia. However, this is a very slow way to obtain new plants because the plant has word twice as hard to generate both roots and sprouts. The easiest way to root plants with leaf-section cuttings is to cut the leaf into 2 or 3-inch sections and insert them in the rooting medium.

A cane cutting is perfect way to root a Dracaena and other similar plants. To root a plant from a cane cutting you cut a section of the plants stem that has at least two nodes on it and plant it in your medium. New growth will soon sprout from the nodes to form an identical plant to the mother plant.

Leaf-vein cuttings are an excellent way to propagate plants with thick, visible veins. To root plants in this manner you can cut the veins every inch or so on the bottom of the leaf and place the leaf underside down on the planting medium making sure that the slits come in contact with soil to help stimulate new growth. This way many new plants can be grown instead of just one new plant per cutting.

Leaf-bud cuttings are great to propagate vine type plants such as Ivy. You simply cut a 1-2-inch section of the stem that has a leaf on it and plant it in your rooting medium. Rooting hormone may be applied if desired but new growth should begin even without it.

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