Propagation: Stem Cuttings

Paige Miller

Materials

  • Container to hold potting medium
  • Plastic bag
  • Stakes
  • Rooting powder (optional)
  • Plant cutting

Procedure

  • Cut off a section of stem
  • Remove the lower leaves
  • Dip the lower part into a rooting hormone if available
  • Fill the container with potting mixture, allowing about 1/4 inch from the top of the container to make watering easier
  • Make a hole in the center of the potting mixture with a pencil or nail
  • Insert the cutting into the hole
  • Gently push the soil around the stem to give it stability and to prevent air pockets in the soil
  • Cover the cutting with a plastic bag
  • Insert a stake such as a plastic knife to hold the plastic away for the cutting
  • Secure the bag with a twist tie
  • Place the container under a bright light or fluorescent light
  • Remove the bag in 2-3 weeks and test that the plant is rooted by gently pulling