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Original Post

What is your method? Do you do this? Or do you grow from seed?

Posted at 7:54pm Apr 23, 2012 EDT


I've rooted a few different plants (mostly herbs) from cuttings. In fact, I have quite a happy little sage plant on my windowsill that I rooted from a leftover sprig in a packet of cut sage I had bought at the grocery store for cooking.

To root the cutting, I just stick it in a cup of water and place it on a sunny windowsill for a couple of weeks. It doesn't work for everything, but it's an easy method and I usually have pretty good luck doing that (I even got a bell pepper seedling to re-grow its roots that way after I accidentally broke the stem transplanting it).

I'm interested in hearing what others do to propagate.

Posted at 8:47pm Apr 23, 2012 EDT

I repot my plants often to find a new look for one of my plant hangers. I have often taken a big potted aloe or shamrock out of the pot & separate them into smaller pots to make more plants. I have over 100 houseplants now! lol

Spider plants are the easiest. You just put the baby ones in a small container keeping the bottom in water & roots grow fast!

I also often do like Anna said above. I found some cool magic water beads that when used in a clear glass bowl really make the cuttings more colorful.

I could go on & on & on about growing plants! I love them!

Posted at 9:59pm Apr 23, 2012 EDT

I love starting new plants in water, but for more delicate plants like African Violets, I have had great success using a cloning gel. I have grown so many violets, vines and other plants from clippings, I have to give them away to friends and family whenever I can :-) Have fun!

Posted at 10:20pm Apr 23, 2012 EDT

I have rooting hormone myself, although I have not used it yet (as it is a violation of federal law to sell plants made with it).

I am currently replicating blue junipers, and am attempting to root a fukien tea (and other succulents) with cinnamon and chopped willow leaves. Before I tried sugar water and wet soil, but all I could do was make my cuttings rot. I took my remaining plants and am now trying this. It has been 3 weeks (including the sugar water days), and I have no signs of roots for anything but a couple of the blue junipers.

What else can I do for the succulents/bonsai?

I would use rooting hormone, but I plan to sell the cuttings with my planters/pots... Any ideas? I am also trying to air propagate my fukien tea by wrapping a scarred lower half with cut willow leaves/shoots, and left leaves at the top...

Posted at 4:34pm Apr 24, 2012 EDT

Sounds like you have tried all I can think of :{ I use rooting hormone but I also don't sell plants.Sorry i'm not much help :p

Posted at 11:22am May 2, 2012 EDT

Thats fine. I got some help on some other forums! Thanks though!

Posted at 9:15pm May 4, 2012 EDT

Jeremy says
Edited on Aug 8, 2012

I try to propogate anything I can with whatever method works. I haven't tried air layering yet, but next year my raspberry will get that treatment. I have plastic quart containers all over the backyard filled with several types of succulents and I will be transplanting the strawberry runners once they put down roots. My wife and I also started saving our seeds so this spring planting will be interesting.

Posted at 1:53am Aug 8, 2012 EDT

Drew - where did you hear that it is illegal to sell plants produced with rooting hormone? Are you referring to selling patented plants?
I work for a commercial nursery and everyone in the industry produces plants using rooting hormones.

Posted at 8:12am Aug 18, 2012 EDT

supermarket vegetables are such a great source for cheap seeds and productive plants. I tested this year, because i always thought you couldn´t grow anything out of vegetables from the supermarket. so I took a few seeds from bell peppers and mini bell peppers we bought and dried them. this spring I planted them like all my other peppers and there you go. the plants are healthy, produce nicely and still the peppers taste way better than the ones from the market. :-)

Posted at 8:06am Aug 22, 2012 EDT