Posted by The Brass Butterfly on Sep 23rd 2022
Plant Propagation With Water
To propagate plants in water it is best to choose a healthy, hardy, easy-to-grow plant with developed roots. This ensures that the parent plant will have no adverse effects from being propagated. Some of the houseplants we suggest propagating are Spider Plant (babies), Pothos, Philodendron, Wandering Jew.
Once you have chosen your plant, it’s time to get started! Here are the supplies you will need:
- Brass Butterfly Propagation Vase
- Clean, Sharp Scissors
- To give your new plant the best chance of propagating make sure your cutting has 1-2 leaves and is 4-7 inches long. Find the node (knobby bump opposite where the leaves attach to the main stem). Make a diagonal cut below the node to help the new plant take in water and nutrients.
- We recommend using our clear glass Brass Butterfly vase for your plant propagation. It will easily allow you to track root growth. Fill your vase half way with well or spring water and place your cutting in the vase. Cholinated tap water should not be used.
- In about a week, roots will begin to grow. Be sure to top off your water level so that the roots remain just below the surface. You should also completely change the water every couple of weeks or whenever it begins to get cloudy. Placing your vase in indirect light will keep the water clear longer. Direct sunlight will cause the water to cloud up more quickly.
- Once the root system has developed and you have at least one root that is 3-4” long, it’s time to pot your new plant. Using a lightweight potting mix, place the new plant in a small pot. Planting from water propagation needs the new soil to be kept moist so the roots can continue to grow. To avoid root rot do not soak the soil. If you are having a hard time keeping the new plant moist, you can put a plastic bag with vent holes over the plant to keep the soil damp. Slowly space out how often you water the plant to get on a normal watering schedule.
- Place your new potted plant in filtered or indirect light until you begin to see new growth. Once there is new growth, you can move the plant to an area that provides its desired level of light.
- Congratulations! You just grew a new plant to enjoy!!