If your greenery collection is looking a bit dreary, read on for genius ways to grow more indoor plants in no time.
Just put a piece in a glass!
This is definitely the easiest way to propagate plants indoors. Almost any plants will grow this way, and if it doesn’t work, all you’ve lost is a small piece of the original plant. Simply add a cutting to a jar or vase with tap water covering the tip of the plant.
Place the jar on a windowsill where it’ll get some sunlight and make sure to change the water when necessary. As soon as rooting takes place, transfer the plant to fresh soil – and remember to add some plant food or compost while you’re at it.
Works well with: basil, mint, ivy, plectranthus, lemongrass
Many plants have offsets, or in plain language, baby plants, that grow from them. These can be cut off and simply replanted in a container as is – one of the easiest ways to propagate plants. Use a sharp knife to avoid damaging the plant and be careful to not break off any new roots that grew with the offset. These should be transferred along with the offset, and voila, a brand new plant!
Works well with: aloes, mother-in-law’s tongue, orchids
This is literally what it sounds like: cutting a stem from a plant. Make sure to only cut stems that aren’t in flower. Insert the cut-end of the stem into soil (or water if you prefer) and wait for it to start growing.
Works well with: succulents, star jasmine, rosemary, lavender
Similar to stem cuttings, you’ll need to cut a whole leaf from the plant. Plants with thick leaves work best for this method, and, if the leaf is big enough you can even cut it into smaller pieces. Place the leaves, standing upright, in some potting soil with a few centimetres in the soil. Keep the soil moist until the leaf starts to produce roots.
To give your leaf cutting a head start, you can dip it in rooting hormone before planting it.
Works well with: African violet, begonia, jade plant, mother in law’s tongue, Cape primrose
Plants want to spread, and many start dividing naturally after a while in a container. All you have to do is separate the divisions. This is done by removing the plant from its container by gripping the foliage tightly, being careful not to rip it from the roots.
Place the plant, soil attached, upright and find the foliage that’s growing directly from the soil.
Remember that this method doesn’t work on plants with a single stalk. Separate the foliage from the root using a serrated knife, cutting through roots is not a problem, as long as the foliage is still intact. Plant the separated pieces, still attached to the root and some soil, into new containers.
Works well with: Peace lilies, ferns, arrowhead vine