Easy Plant Propagation

Pretty, small opaque containers for rooting always look better than old jam jars.

Want to save money in your garden? Increasing your plant stock is simple with easy-rooting plants, like Tradescantia, Setcreasea and many Salvias. I took cuttings last fall of the Tradescantia and Setcreasea and I took cuttings of the Salvia just a couple of weeks ago. (Salvias are from the Sage family. This one is Pineapple Sage, which smells gorgeous and has red flowers that attract hummingbirds.)

The no-brainer way to root plants is by sticking the cut stems in water. It’s super quick and easy. It helps to let the stems dry out a bit before you put them in water, overnight is a good time frame. This drying out period helps the stem to form a rooting callus, the first step in producing a new root.

I use opaque containers —I think the roots grow better in the dark—so I am always on the lookout for small containers like the ones in the pictures here. They hold just a couple of cuttings, and keep roots organized.

You can see the roots have grown well and are ready for a more permanent home in soil.

It doesn’t matter if the striped Tradescantia and the purple Setcreasea roots have all grown together, they will be fine sharing the same pot, with roots intertwined. Their slightly different purple foliage will make a nice combination too.

A smaller container for pouring soil around stems works well, and makes less mess.

Fill the pot half way with soil, rest the roots on the soil, then gently fill in around the stems with potting soil. Press gently with your fingers to settle the soil around the roots, then water. Place in a bright spot out of direct sun for the first week after potting up.

Ta Da! Finished potted up cuttings are ready to grow.

Freshly potted plants always look a bit ungainly for the first week or so, but then they settle and arrange their stems nicely around the pot. And the little containers are ready to be used for something new. Maybe my “Happy Thought” Geranium…

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