Expand Your Garden Easily with Schools (Part 2)

Ten elementary plants to take cuttings

Reproduction by cuttings is feasible in many species, and I encourage you to try any plant you like; But, if you want to be safe, here is a list of 10 plants that we propagate by this method and seldom fail.

1. Money or coin plant

There is a widespread belief that this plant brings abundance to our home, the truth is that from small cuttings of it we will be able to reproduce it with plenty.

The cuttings of this plant take three or four weeks to root in the substrate, but if we introduce them in a transparent container with water, we will stimulate the formation of roots, and these will appear in two or three weeks. When we see the roots, we can already plant it in the pot.

2. Sage

We love sage for its beautiful flowers and aroma. La Salvia officinalis is the most popular because its leaves are used in cooking to flavor dishes. But there are many varieties of sage and some have very ornamental flowers, such as Salvia microphylla.

Cuttings can propagate any of them in spring. I use rooting hormones and plant them directly on the substrate. It takes three or four weeks to start growing.

3. Basil

Basil has a delicious aroma, and it is always good to have a bush near the kitchen to use it in pasta-based dishes. The cuttings of this herbaceous plant thrive easily and quite quickly.

To cut the basil, we must take the small branches that leave the main stem and make, with each of them, a cut that will root easily even without rooting product.

4. The joy of the house

The pleasure of the house is a small herbaceous plant that fills nursery tables and garden centers every spring. It is easy to grow and blooms continuously from spring to autumn.

The stems of joy are fleshy and very fragile; they are easily cut when manipulated. If you break one of its stems, take advantage and turn it into a cut, although you can also cut a piece of branch on purpose. Enter the cuttings in a glass of water for a few days to stimulate root production. When the new rootlets are two or three centimeters in length, you can already plant it on land. Remember that joy needs the substrate always to be slightly damp.

5. Potos

The photo is a popular indoor plant, hanging and very decorative. It is a very resistant species that snowball if it is in a well-lit location.

To make cuttings, pieces of branches of about ten centimeters are cut, which can be planted directly in soil or a container with water until the roots come out and then plant.

6. Tape

The name of this plant has always been very descriptive. Its leaves seem delicate colored ribbons that grow in the form of a rosette. Its ease of cultivation has made it a popular indoor plant, although it can also be grown outside in warm climates.

The tape spreads quickly from stolons, long branches that, at their ends, produce small seedlings identical to the mother plant. The best way to get a new plant is to support the end of a stolon on the ground, in a few weeks, it will emit roots, and you can cut the branch that joins it to the mother plant.

7. Succulents

All succulent plants can be reproduced by planting a piece of their stem on land, but some species also propagate from their leaves. I have checked it with echeverias, graptopetalos, and some kalanchoes.

When a leaf of these succulents comes into contact with the soil, it begins to emit small roots and form a new plant at the end where it was attached to the mother plant. It is essential to keep these leaves slightly hydrated, spray some water on them.

8. Geranium

Geranium cuttings are a classic, at least for me. I remember my mother picking broken twigs of some geranium from the neighboring balconies to plant them on the house balcony. I think that was what started my curiosity about plants, to see that from a broken branch, my mother managed to make new plants. Geraniums are easy and hugely satisfying as soon as they begin to bloom.

9. Hydrangea

Hydrangeas always seemed confusing to me, especially in our climate, with hot and dry summers. Still, I couldn’t resist and plant one in a garden pot. That was more than twelve years ago. I have discovered, with practice, that if you avoid water lime and stay well hydrated, you can also grow it in our region. Even so, it is much easier for them to thrive in areas with the right conditions, such as the north of our country.

Anyway, among the many things I’ve discovered about hydrangeas, they reproduce very well by cuttings. In this case, the idea is to make them in autumn, taking advantage of the stems we cut to the mother plant. At that moment they are stuck in the earth and left there until the following spring, during that time they take root, and when the good weather arrives, new leaves begin to sprout.

10. Rosa

Rose bushes are much easier to grow than some belief; the complicated thing in them is to keep them free of pests: powder, aphid, caterpillars, etc.

It is also easy to propagate a rose bush through cuttings. The same method I mentioned before with hydrangeas is followed: make cuttings with the branches that are pruned in late winter. The exciting thing, in this case, is to look carefully and choose stems that have at least one vigorous yolk.

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