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Video:Start New Plants From Cuttings

with Jane Deeken

You don't need to be a green thumb to start a new plant from mature cuttings. Check out these three simple methods.See Transcript

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Transcript:Start New Plants From Cuttings

Hi, I'm Jane Deeken for About.com Home and Garden. Today I'm going to show you some easy ways to start new plants from cuttings.

Supplies Needed to Start New Plants

Here's what you'll need:
  • a clean pair of scissors
  • a sharp knife
  • a glass container
  • cotton swab
  • staples or short lengths of wire
  • rooting hormone
  • water
  • a small pot
  • potting soil

Water Method

Make a cut through a joint on a healthy stem. Cutting at the joint promotes more vigorous root development. Using a sharp knife, make a small cut at the joint.

Place your new cutting into a clean glass container filled with water and leave in a sunny window.

When the root development gets to about 1/2 inch, it's ready to be transplanted into a pot.

Transplant the Plant Into the Pot

Fill the pot about three-quarters full with potting soil. Take your newly rooted stem and place it flat. Then fill in with the remaining potting soil. Make sure to give it a good drink because the roots will need it to establish themselves.

Leaf Cutting Method

Another method of propagating plants is by using a leaf cutting. I'm using begonia today. Choose a mature leaf, keeping most of the leaf stalk, and make a cut across the main veins underneath.

Use a cotton swab to apply a small amount of rooting hormone to the edges of the cut.

Put the Leaf in Potting Soil

Put the leaf on a tray of potting soil, pushing the leaf stem into the soil. Use a staple or bent piece of wire to hold the leaf down onto the soil.

Label the leaf and put in a warm place keeping the soil moist but not wet. When new small plants develop, pot them separately.

Leaf Petiole Method

Choose young healthy leaves, and trim the ends of the stalks. Dip into rooting hormone and insert into a small container of potting soil.

Make sure that the leaf blades just touch the soil. Keep the soil moist but not too wet. When the plantlets are growing well, pot them up individually.

Starting new plants from cuttings can be a fun way to begin new plants for your home and to share with family and friends.

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