Once you have tried it, you are hooked! Now you can start your own. Next thing you know, you’ll be looking all over your yard, as well as you neighbors’, wanting to take snips and cuttings to propagate. Rooting hormone helps you, but Mother Nature does most of the work for you.
Cutting from leafy stems is my favorite way to propagate and is probably the easiest method of propagation. This should be done from fairly young growth, usually in early summer. I have found that cuttings taken below the second node work best for me. Leave the top three or four leaves to help feed the cutting while the roots develop, but remove any blossoms on your cutting, as they take too much growing energy from the plant. Make sure your cutting is disease free and is kept moist while it develops. Take the cutting and dip the tip into rooting hormone, tap off excess powder, make a hole in lightweight soil, insert cutting, and tighten soil around base.
Using small, clean, recycled pots works well. The cuttings should be kept in light shade and not be allowed to wilt for approximately two weeks. You can check your cutting by giving it a slight tug. If it doesn’t release, it has begun forming roots. Some plants require more time than others. But remember that just because you see new growth at the top doesn’t always mean that the plant has taken root.
Some plants that are easy to propagate in this manner are sedum, lavender, mums, begonia, geranium, and coleus.
This is only one way of propagating plants. But it is very easy, even for a beginner, and it can be used on a variety of plants.
EXPERIMENT and HAVE FUN….
Donna Montgomery, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service