What do you do on a dreary night while you are waiting for the snow to fall and you have a sudden urge to garden? Propagate your houseplants! For those who have never tried it, it’s easier than you think. Not many supplies are needed to accomplish the task. First pick out your plant. I’m using an African Violet, but you can use many different types of houseplants for this process. You will need root starter, potting mix, small containers with holes on the bottom, room temperature water, a pie tin, and a razor blade. Start by cutting off healthy looking leaves. I’m cutting them to near the base of the plant. I’ll then use my razor blade to make a nicer cut. If you are using large leaves, you’ll need to trim those back too. They won’t look pretty but it allows the leave to focus on root growth instead of maintaining the leaf structure. Place soil in shallow containers with holes on the bottom. Use the handle of a spoon to make a small hole in the soil. Dunk the cut end of the leaf in the root starter and place in the hole in the soil. This prevents the root starter from coming off if you push it directly into the soil. Set your container in the pie tin that has room temperature water in the bottom so that the soil can draw up the water naturally. Let it soak up the water for about 10 minutes. Adjust the leaves a little to ensure that they are secure in the soil. Place somewhere out of direct light. These little leaves are in shock and need to be left alone for a while. Don’t let the soil dry out. Resist the urge to tug on a leaf to see if it is rooted yet. You’ll break off the new roots. A better indicator is if you see a new bud coming out. This could take a few weeks so be patient. It’s winter, what else is there to do but watch for a bud, right? I do this process each time I get a new African Violet. I start three new leaves and usually get at least one to grow. My odds are maybe not so great but I usually forget to water the new plants somewhere along the way so factor in some casualties. Therefore, I consider 33% a success and get a free plant out of it. Good luck with your propagation!
Written by Jaime
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