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Plant Propagation for Beginners

Propagating plants can seem like such a hassle although it can be simple depending on what type of plants you handle with. Following our steps below and you can spread the ‘pro’ in no time.

Money Plant

Propagation on the first few tries isn’t always successful, but we encourage you to start somewhere because when it works, it is rewarding! Yes you got this!

Propagation is best done in potting soil for many plants but some plants can be propagated in water. It is because they evolved in an atmosphere that makes it happen. Most Aroid plants, including creeping thyme plants, Pothos, Dendrobiums, Monsteras, and Money plants, can be propagated in water.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova

These plants derive from an ancestor who lived in swamps, so it was essential to survival to be able to adapt to flood conditions and to still grow.


As a result, the ancestor ‘s descendants still possess the capacity to rise in water. They are still land plants, though, and will do best in the long term if rooted in soil. Follow our simple steps below and you will propagate the ‘pro’ in no time.

What you need is:

  • Propagating plant (Follow the Video below)
  • Plant cuttings
  • Vessel in container lined with water at room temperature
  1. Look right underneath the leaf or stem / vine juncture for a tiny brown root node on a mature plant. Such tiny bumps are essential to potho propagation. You would want to snip off a few inches of healthy stem right in front of a node but include one or two stems with the cutting, because this is where the new roots come from.
Plant with nodes

2. Remove any leaves that are just too near to the node, particularly those that might end up being submerged underneath water when you put your cut into your glass container.

Leaves removes to close to nodes

3. Place your cutting(s) of plants in your glass vessel and position them in a spot that receives bright to moderate indirect light. Do not position yourself in heavy, direct or super-low light.

Plant cutting in water

If you want to keep your plant cutting(s) growing indefinitely in water this is a fully viable alternative. A note of caution: the longer the cutting of plants sits in water, the worse the plant will do in time. Why? For what? Water does not have nutrients, and may increase the risk of possible fungal infections. By adjusting the water regularly and adding a small amount of fertilizer every month or so during the planting season in spring and summer, you can help counter this.

If you wish to transplant your cutting(s) of the plant from the glass vessel into a potting mixed plant, we recommend waiting until the root is at least 1 inch long or longer. Which will take 4-6 weeks to complete.

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See ya all again soon!


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