ust about everyone loves houseplants because, in return for a little light and water, they add so much greenery and life to our indoor spaces. Another wonderful thing about them is how easy it is to make more of them through propagation to either expand your own collection or to share with friends.
By propagating your plants, you can instantly multiply the number of plants you have in your home without buying new ones.
The main reasons are that although plants can be cheap to purchase, they're almost always cheaper to propagate. It's also very easy too.
There are several basic rules to remember when it comes to this topic.
-Cuttings and new plants will typically need more attention than fully grown ones.
-Neglect - for example failure to keep the compost moist (or on the other hand, too wet) could easily end your attempt in failure.
-Always use fresh compost (if rooting using soil) or fresh water (if rooting using water).
-A rooting hormone is a good way to increase your chances of success but not essential.
-Make sure your equipment is clean, this includes everything from the cutting knife down to the container your new plant will grow in.
-Finally, never expect a 100% success rate but equally, never let failure put you off from trying again.
Cuttings need roots before they'll "take" and exist by themselves, so if there are no roots at the initial stages you need to encourage the cutting to grow some. This is done either by planting up the cutting directly in potting compost (Soil method). Or in something like a small container, vase or glass with just water that you change and refresh every few weeks (Water method).