Plant Propagation Guide

While we offer pre-propagated plants with our cradles, it can be fun to propagate from your own houseplants or clippings you can get from friends. Not all plants propagate and it can be tricky, but in general it's a pretty simple process. Follow the steps below and you'll be looking at new roots develop in no time. 


Propagation isn't foolproof and it may take a few tries to get it right. Propagation is often done in potting soil, but our favorite kind is propagating in water. This can only be done to certain plants that have involved in an environment that allows it. Most Ariod plants work well, such as pothos, swedish ivy, tradescantia varieties and monstera's. Many of these plants developed in very wet terrain (many times swamps) so being able to adapt and grow in flood conditions was key for survival. Most plants will do better growing in soil, however many can last for years living off just fresh water.

What you'll need to propagate:
Plant to propagate (pothos is a great one to start with.)
Knife or sharp scissors.
A vase or glass with fresh water.
 
Step 1:
Pick a nice strand that you want to propagate. 
On a healthy vine, look along the stem for a tiny brown root node. These are where roots develop.


Step 2:
Cut below the node.

If you can't find an obvious one, many times roots will form from where leaves are trimmed off.



Some plants may even have aerial roots like this one here. Remove any leaves close to and below the node that may end up under water in your propagation glass.

Step 3
Place your cuttings in your glass vase in a spot that receives indirect bright light (a nice shelf or desk usually does the trick.)
After a few weeks, the roots will start to develop and grow.


Keeping things fresh and healthy:
You'll want to keep an eye on the water and keep it fresh so the plant gets the nutrients it needs. 
Here's a Coleus that we propagated and left a bit to long. You can see the water has turned brown. This is not great and should be changed immediately.
If you check every few days or even once a week you should be fine.