Propagating your existing house plants is an underestimated yet important factor for all exterior and interior environments. Plants are a crucial part of our environment and we need to take care of them so they in turn can take care of our future.
How to propagate plants? There are many different ways for you to do so, however don’t fret if you have no experience. Keeping your plants happy is far simpler than you think. This is why this step-by-step guide will explore each one in detail so you can become an expert quickly.
What to Keep in Mind When Propagating Your House Plants
There are a few elements for you to know when it comes to propagating your plants correctly, let’s go through the basics first.
Cutting new plants requires a greater amount of care than fully developed ones. Your plants will need more attention if you do not give them enough care. For example, if you fail to keep the compost wet (or rather, too wet) might quickly doom your project.
Plants can grow in many different materials, with soil and water being the most common. You should always utilize fresh compost (if rooting using soil) or water (if rooting using water). You could use a rooting hormone to get there faster however it is not essential. Cleanliness is essential for your equipment, which includes everything from the cutting knife to the container in which your new plant will develop.
Finally, you should never expect a 100% success rate; however, never give up simply because of one or two failures. It may also take a long time for a plant to develop new roots after cutting it, so be patient.
When to Propagate Your House Plants –Do So When Needed
Propagating your existing house plants is a good way for you to enjoy nature in your home as it can provide several different benefits. One of the most notable advantages is to help purify the indoor air and increase oxygen levels. Something that you should never underestimate.
Why Propagate Your House Plants
Propagation of your house plants is a cheap and great way to have more plants from the ones you already own. Plants propagate in many different forms. Some plants like bromeliads develop new shoots on the root or offsets. These can then be divided and placed into new pots where they will replicate the cycle and grow more new shoots – exponential growth!!!! Other plants like pothos and philodendron develop new roots where their stems touch the soil, making them an excellent option for cutting-derived plant growth. Then there are plants, like the spider plant and the strawberry begonia, that create new plants by sending out runners containing baby plants at the end. It’s very easy to root these in order to grow new plants. You simply soak the base of the plantlets in water for several days, which will help them develop roots needed to planting them in their own soil.
Repot Overgrown Houseplants How To Repot
Do your houseplants need to be repotted? We recommend examining the roots and seeing what you find. It’s probably time to repot the plant if its roots are circling the container inside. If you want to use the same pot, cut the roots and replant them again using fresh potting soil. The ideal time to repot is spring and fall.
How To Repot
Remove the plant from its container – if it is difficult to remove, check to see if roots have grown outside the bottom of the pot. If they have, gently untwine them so they can pass through the holes easily. If they are not, moisten the soil and let sit for 45 mins. Then try the extraction again. Once removed you need to handle the root ball with care so the exposed roots do not get damaged. Remove as much old soil from the root ball using small tools or your fingers. Remember, gently!
New Pot – you may have already heard this, always use fresh potting soil. Fill the bottom of the new pot with the fresh potting soil so that when the root ball is planted that the base of the stem is slightly below the top of the pot. With the root ball/plant in place, fill all sides with the fresh soil. Press firmly so that you remove any air pockets. Lastly, water the new potted plant and then press down again on the soil. This will remove more air pockets. Fill the new pot as needed.
In the end, the number of plants you desire is your personal choice. Just know if you are one of those that believe more is better, then start looking at your existing plants to start the next growth phase – and start propagating!!!!