April 27, 2022 3 min read

If you are a green lover and want to grow your garden collection, propagation is one of the best and most cost-efficient ways to get multiple plants from a single plant. Besides, you can easily propagate a plant and be a pro at propagating with minimal effort. In this  plant care guide, we will discuss the methods to propagate the trailing plants. 

Trailing plants like  Philodendron,Pothos,Peperomia,Monsteras,ZZ plants, etc., are some of the  best trailing indoor plants that are easy to propagate. There can be various ways to propagate trailing plants, but the stem-cutting method is the easiest and most popular method. 

Here are a few things to consider to help you execute your propagating journey successfully. Multiply the plants and share the green love with family or friends! 

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Rooting In Water or Soil: What Is The Best Method To Propagate?

If you are a beginner at gardening, rooting the stem in water might be the best choice. But, if you have some gardening skills or have tried hands in gardening before, rooting in pot soil would be the best. You ask why?

Rooting in water  is the most effortless method as you just need to put the freshly cut stem of the plant in a glass vase. Within 2 to 3 weeks, the plant will start rooting, and you can now move the plant to the soil pot. Though, you need to ensure that the water is fresh and you are using a  clear glass so that the plant can soak sunlight. You will also be able to track the rooting progress with transparent glass. 

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Rooting in Soil  may be tricky as it requires efforts for propagation. However, the advantage of rooting in soil is that it saves the cuttings from the sudden transition of putting them in water and then soil. However, if you are propagating in soil, you will have to ensure that the soil moisture, humidity, and temperature are well-maintained and are favorable to plants. 

How do you cut a propagation stem? 

The first step before cutting the stem is to find the right place or portion of the stem to cut. Not every stem cutting will root or propagate. Cut a portion with at least 1-2 nodes and some leaves because nodes are where the new roots will grow from. 

Additionally, you will have to be prepared with the right gardening tools before stem cutting. Choose the green stem with nodes and use the sanitized sharp knife or scissors to cut the stem from just below the node. 4 to 6 inches long cutting would be sufficient. Now, carefully put the cutting into water or in potting soil. If rooting in the soil, ensure filling fresh soil into the pot. Make a planting hole with a finger or other object and place the cutting. Also, make sure to use a  pot with a drainage hole so that the excess water can escape preventing the cutting from rotting or decaying due to being too wet. 

Have Patience And Track The Development

It is essential to be patient during your propagation journey as, depending upon the plant, it may take 3 to 4 weeks or more to produce new roots. If rooting in water, regularly change the water and check any signs of decay. You can add a little bit of fertilizer to the water to stimulate growth. Moreover, don’t wait long to transplant the cutting into soil pot as it can increase the risk of fungal infections. As soon as you see 1 to 2 inches of growth in the cutting, it is time to transplant it. 

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