Want to grow more plants? There are many ways to propagate plant cuttings and grow your green family!
In this post we will share our best methods for water propagation. The thrill of observing roots as they emerge from bare stem and then to see how they slowly take over a glass of water to then form a new version of the mama plant is such a rewarding adventure! Over the years we've discovered a few favorite ways to propagate plant cuttings. You can choose one method or try them all!
Let's dive in!
Why chose to water propagate your plant cutting when it will eventually grow in soil? Because we enjoy the view! When propagating a cutting in water you are provided with your own little window into the natural world of root systems. This is especially rewarding for new plant parents as a visual guide to understanding the anatomy of your plant. It's super helpful to learn the shape and size of your roots so when your plant makes it's way into soil, you can have an idea of what's going on below.
1.Depending on the type of plant, we recommend waiting to place them in water anywhere from 1 hour (tropical types) to several days (cactus and succulent types) this allows for plants to callous over after cutting them. This step will help mitigate any chances of stem rot occurring.
2.Fresh Aloe is loaded with naturally occurring rooting hormones, making it the perfect match for propagations of all types. Simply slice fresh aloe, stick your cutting into the fillet, and twirl it around to soak in all that plant medicine. Now your plant is inoculated and ready to start rooting with your propagation method of choice.
3.Make sure your propagations are exposed to sufficient light so they can grow efficiently, but we recommend they stay away from hot, direct sunlight (like summer sun) to avoid burning. Keep plants in bright light or under a grow light.
4.Change out your propagation water on a regular basis to maintain healthy root growth. We recommend a water change about once a week. Each time you change out the water, use this as an opportunity to give any of your thirsty plants a drink to close the loop. You can also use this water to blend up a batch of Sacred Soil Tonic to offer your houseplants that are living in soil a foamy Sacred Soil Bath!
Here's how to mix up a batch and enjoy a little Sacred Plant Ritual.
5. Pairing your propagations with faster rooting plants such as spider plants, pothos, swedish ivy, tradescantia, or if you can find a willow branch, add that to the water vessel too! It can really help speed up root development! More rooting hormones in the water = faster root growth.
It's important to note, once you have a root system established, anywhere from two-four inches long, it's best to make a decision about the future of your plant. Will it remain in water indefinitely, or are you going to transfer it to soil? If you plan to transplant it into a soil medium, we recommend doing so before too long as the transition becomes more challenging as time goes on. Be sure to check back for our next post that'll include plant propagation tips for soil!
We encourage exploration and discovery and are thrilled to share even more ways to connect you with our precious planet. Stay tuned as we continue this propagation series and explore more methods to grow your plant babies!
Best wishes and sending out the love,
If you notice light tan to dark brown colored, oval shaped, flat bugs clustered together and surrounded by sticky, clear droplets of 'honeydew' on your leaves, most likely you've discovered a scale infestation. These little insects are tiny but mighty sap feeding destroyers of houseplants and gardens alike. They are insidious, affecting seemingly healthy plants meanwhile the plant’s life-force is being sucked dry leading to an eventual decay.
But no need to worry friends! We've tested our Sacred Tonics against these pests and are excited to share that we have found success, and the results are our happily glowing houseplants!
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