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There are a ton of amazing houseplants you can propagate from cuttings.
Some of these houseplants are incredibly easy to propagate from cuttings, while others need a little bit of time.
In this article, we will list out the 44 houseplants you can propagate from cuttings as well as how best to go about it.
Common Houseplants You Can Propagate From Cuttings
Not all houseplants or indoor plants can be propagated. Most of the plants are easy to propagate while others are hard to do.
But below, we are going to outline all of them regardless.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the most popular houseplants that you can find in any part of the world.
It is also one of those plants that thrives beautifully even when there is low light or sunlight conditions or with minimal watering of the plants.
Propagating a Pothos plant requires you to identify a healthy stem with at least 4 to 5 leaves on it.
You can snip the stem right below the root node and then place it in a jar of water. In about 3-4 weeks, the branch should develop its roots.
Once that happens, your propagated Pothos is ready to be shifted to a container with well-draining soil and proper drainage holes.
2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
This plant, which is also referred to as the airplane plant’ or the ‘ribbon plant’, is a super popular houseplant that’s easily surrounded and can adapt to any climatic condition.
The best part of this plant is that it has an interesting growth habit and produces tiny spider-like plantlets on its leaves. This helps to make propagating easy.
There are two main methods to propagate a spider Plant. You can either pot the tiny plantlet in a small container without separating it from the main plant and wait until you see signs of new growth that show the baby is ready to be severed from the mother plant.
You can also use this method of straightening away the cut of the plantlet which afterwards, you should plant it in a small container.
3. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
This plant is quite known as the most non-fussy plant among every other house plant which is also easy to propagate.
All you need to do is to root it in either soil or water and when rooting in water, be careful to only submerge the bottom of the cut leaf.
However, the easiest way to propagate Snake Plants is by division.
In this method, you are required to gently separate a clump of leaves with roots attached to the main plant using a clean and sharp knife or pruners and then repot in its container.
4. Jade Plant
Jade Plants (Crassula ovata) are also one of the easy houseplants to propagate, even to a new beginner in gardening.
It is a low-maintenance plant that should be propagated in warm months for best results, and you can propagate it from both stems as well as leaf cuttings.
In both cases, you need to take the stem or the leaf and dip it in a rooting hormone for higher chances of success, and then plant them in a small, well-draining container with moist soil.
With plenty of humidity and bright indirect light, you can expect the roots to form in about a month.
5. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
This is one of the plants that is very easy to care for with just some light, water, and attention, and this plant is bound to flourish.
Propagating this heartleaf Plant is easier. All that you need to do is to propagate it with a pair of scissors, a 3-6 inch stem cutting with leaves on the lower end removed, and a small pot with regular potting mix or a container with water if you want to root the plant in water.
When rooting in water, make sure the leafless end of the stem only sits in the water and in just a few weeks, you can expect the roots to form.
6. English Ivy
To propagate the English Ivy (Hedera helix), you just have to take a large stem with multiple leaves and cut it into smaller pieces.
As you do so, make sure to cut directly above a leaf.
After cutting, dip the end of the cuttings in a rooting hormone and then root them in a sand-soil mix which you can also call a rooting medium.
Water the rooting medium and place the pot in a well-lit area inside a plastic bag to create a greenhouse-like surrounding in order to trap moisture.
In one to two months, you will see a new growth in the cuttings.
Alternatively, you can also propagate English Ivy cuttings in water.
7. Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis)
The Nerve Plant, with its lush green foliage exhibiting delicate veins of white, pink, or red, is a very much sought-after house plant which has a striking appearance and propagating with this plant isn’t difficult at all.
You can choose to propagate by either stem or leaf cuttings.
It is advisable if you want to propagate, you can propagate it during spring or early summer for better chances of success.
Since the nerve plants are plants that love humidity, if you plant the stem or the leaf cutting in a moist potting soil. Make sure that you put the little container (which you used for your planting) in a plastic bag in order to keep the humidity level high and also do well to place it where it is bright and warm.
After doing this, you can expect to see the roots developing in 2 to 4 weeks.
8. Chinese Money Plant
The Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) which is also referred to as the ‘Friendship Plant’ or the ‘Pass-it-on Plant’ because of its beauty and how simple it is to propagate for a new plant.
So therefore, propagating this plant, it just requires carefully separating the pups from the parent plant and then shifting them to their tiny containers with proper drainage holes and well-draining potting mix.
But you must ensure that the pups that you remove are big enough to survive on their own.
Another method that you can use is to remove a thick and healthy stem and then root it in water.
9. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
This plant is known to grow on tropical jungle floors and it tends to develop holes in its leaves so that the sun and rain can easily reach its roots.
It is an ideal option for beginners in indoor gardening as it does not demand too much attention and care.
That’s the main reason why you should consider propagating it from stem cuttings.
All you need to do is to take a few stem cuttings (cut directly below a node) and gently remove any extra leaves (two to three per stem cutting is okay) and then place the cuttings in water, or directly into the soil for rooting.
Put the container to be used in a warm, bright location and change the water regularly.
Then, wait patiently until the cuttings start developing roots of their own.
10. Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
These types of plants are usually vines and they have multiple thick but soft stems with heavy foliage.
That’s why you might need to prune it periodically to prevent the leaves from flopping too much.
You can propagate the Arrowhead plant while pruning it by using the stem cuttings to create little replicas of the houseplant.
Normally, the best time to propagate is usually in the late spring and summer.
All you need to do is take stem cuttings with at least 2 to 3 nodes that can be rooted either in water or in soil.
You should remove any extra leaves at the bottom of the cuttings and in a space of 2 to 3 weeks, you should be able to notice the roots developing.
Calatheas can be counted as one of the many attractive tropical houseplants that owe their stunning looks to their colorful, patterned foliage.
This plant can be easily propagated by division and the best time to do that is during the early spring.
It tends to thrive when divided and repotted every year.
So therefore, for you to propagate, you should first gently remove the entire plant from the container.
Identify a clump of stems with a proper root system that is not too entangled with the mother plant’s roots and carefully remove it using a clean knife.
Now put it into a new container with proper drainage holes and well-draining soil.
Do well to keep the new plant in a location with part shade and high humidity, and expect a successful outcome.
12. Umbrella Plant (Schefflera arboricola)
The Umbrella Plant (Schefflera arboricola) is quite easy to propagate.
Under ideal conditions, this plant can grow up to a height of 8 feet and can also take up quite a bit of room in your indoor space which is the best time to prune it a bit and use the cuttings to grow a new set of the plant.
You can also propagate Umbrella Plants from leaf cuttings.
For this method, all you need to do is to choose healthy leaves with leafstalk attached and place them around 1 cm deep in a tiny container with a moist, but well-draining potting mix.
Keep the container in a plastic bag to withhold humidity and put it in a well-lit area.
With proper moisture and lighting, you should expect your rooting to start showing within 2-3 months.
13. Mother Of Thousands (Bryophyllum daigremontianum)
If you’re in search of easy houseplants to propagate, then you should consider Mother of Thousands, as most of the work is done by the plant itself.
This plant tends to thrive in bright light and does not require frequent watering.
It is also called the Alligator Plant or Devil’s Backbone.
So, if you choose to add it to your houseplant, all you need to do is to make sure to plant it in a container, or else you might find it invading your entire garden in no time.
14. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
This plant is considered an ideal choice for new gardening enthusiasts who want to try something new in their gardening.
Although the ZZ Plant is considered one of those slow-growing houseplants, it is also one of the easygoing and low maintenance plants.
It is also incredibly easy to propagate to the extent that you can even propagate it from fallen-off leaves.
Other methods of propagating this plant include: by division (especially when the plant becomes pot-bound), or from stem or leaf cuttings.
15. String Of Pearls
The string of Pearls (Senecia Rowleyanus) are easy houseplants to propagate.
You just need to take stem cuttings and replant them in a well-draining container with any succulent potting soil.
Make sure to keep the soil lightly moist, and the cuttings will root quickly.
Alternatively, you can also place the cutting in the water while ensuring the bottom part is submerged and the rest of the cutting remains hanging over the side of the jar.
After this process, you will notice tiny white roots in about a week or so.
16. String of Hearts
The string of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii), which is also known as Chain of hearts.
It can be either water-propagated or propagated directly in the soil. Both of these propagation techniques yield great results but it is a bit easier overall.
To propagate this houseplant, you can use the Non-Cut-Method which has successfully yielded great results.
17. Leaf Cutting
There are some houseplants you can propagate with just a single leaf, leaf cutting is one of them.
Though, there is something strange about propagating from leaf cuttings or better still, propagating a plant through a single leaf cutting. It is just that it is a lot of fun to see a whole plant spring into being from just one leaf.
What were you expecting to hear!…. It is worth trial.
18. Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)
Strawberry Begonia can be easily propagated through separation.
So therefore, to produce more strawberry begonia plants, all you just need to do is to separate the offshoots from the mother plant and give them a new home or put them in a new pot or container.
You see those offsets that form at the end of stolons, you don’t necessarily need to be detached from the parent plant to be propagated. They can also be left with the parent plant.
You can simply pin them to the soil with a paperclip and the offsets will root and the new plants will start growing.
19. The Wandering Jew
The Wandering Jew (Tradescantia pallida) is another houseplant that is easy to propagate.
The easiest way to propagate is through stem cuttings.
You should take some cuttings, put them in water and patiently wait for the roots to start growing, then, you can plant your new babies.
Tradescantia plants root extremely quickly that way. It often just takes them a couple of days to spring out roots and just about one week for the roots to be large enough to be put in the soil.
20. Peperomia Hope
The Peperomia Hope is a very easy to propagate kind of plant.
You can propagate using stem cuttings, leaves, or even half a leaf.
The stems and leaf cuttings can be stuck directly into the soil or the water for propagation.
Then, after 2-3 weeks, the roots will start to form and will produce new plants.
21. Polka Dot Begonia
Polka Dot Begonia (Begonia maculata) is a beautiful plant with white dots on the upper side of the leaves while the underside of the leaves is completely red.
It is great to know that this type of plant is very easy to propagate.
The only thing you have to do is to snip off a piece of the stem including a node and a leaf for faster propagation.
Then, put the cutting into a jar of water and wait until roots start to form.
After 2-4 weeks, you can transfer the rooted Begonia maculata cutting into a potting mix of sandy clay and loamy soil.
22. Hardy Elephant Ear (Alocasia wentii)
Alocasia plants are generally very easy to propagate as they are propagating themselves. Alocasia such as the Alocasia wentii are tuberous plants and are growing tubers underground. From these tubers, new plants emerge and grow.
To propagate Alocasia wentii, you just have to remove the mother plant from the pot and also remove the soil around the plant where pups are sprouting around the mother plant.
These pups are attached to the rhizome and most likely are already growing roots.
Therefore, the only thing that needs to be done is to remove a section of the offsets with roots and leaves and put that section into its pot with potting soil.
23. Aloe Vera
This plant contains a gel that is very moist, which makes propagation from cuttings difficult as they rot easily.
The best way to propagate Aloe Vera is by separating the offshoots from the parent plant through the use of a sharp, clean knife to cut the offshoot away from the mother plant.
It is important to note that clean tools are important to prevent contamination.
After cutting, plant the newly removed offshoot in a dry potting mix and allow it to sit for a week and then water it.
24. African Violet
These beautiful flowering plants are easy to propagate, although the process does take some time. The results are well worth the wait, though.
African violets can be propagated through leaf cuttings.
Afterwards, an entire new plant will grow out of single-leaf cutting.
Just take a leaf cutting and make sure that you cut the leaf at a 45-degree angle.
Place the cutting in moist potting soil and keep it moist and humid.
You can reuse a plastic clamshell container as a mini hothouse for propagating African violets.
Geraniums can be propagated by cutting a 4-inch (10cm) section of the stem just below a node (the part that looks a bit like an elbow).
Tgen, you can remove the lower leaves and just leave two leaves at the top of the cutting.
Place the cutting in potting soil.
Water thoroughly and place the pot somewhere that receives indirect light.
You can also place it in a jar of water until roots form and they can be potted up when the roots are about an inch (2.5 cm) long.
Succulents are very easy to propagate. All you need is to just gently twist a leaf off the stem.
Allow the leaf dry out for a day or two and then place it on top of the soil.
If the leaf doesn’t get a chance to dry out it’s likely to rot.
In a few weeks time, the roots will start growing from the leaf.
So, make sure that the roots are covered with soil so they don’t dry out.
After a few months, the baby succulents can be potted up.
27. Peace Lily
After a few years in one pot, Peace Liliescan grow too wide, so you have to reduce their size and create some new plants by dividing them.
Remove the plant from the pot and gently pull or cut the roots apart.
Pot up each new section and water them thoroughly.
Bromeliad plants die after flowering, but they produce offshoots around the base which makes it easy to pot up and create a new plant.
The offshoots can be removed once they’re around 6 inches (15 cm) tall.
You can pull the offshoot away from the plant or use a clean, sharp knife to cut it away.
But It’s important to make sure that there are plenty of roots attached to the offshoot.
Furthermore, newly propagated bromeliad plants can take between 3 to 6 years to flower.
29. Christmas Cactus
Christmas cactuses are succulents and are just as easy to propagate.
All you need are a few segments from the parent plant to get started.
In the course of starting a propagation, you will notice that the Christmas cactus, or any other holiday cactus, don’t have typical leaves but rather individual segments. And where each segment joins to the next is where the plant’s reproductive cells lay. This is where new growth occurs every year.
So, to propagate, you just need to take several cuttings.
While doing so, you must ensure that you have at least 3-4 segments on each cutting.
Place the cuttings in the soil to cover one to two joints on the segment. Mist the plant regularly and keep it moist. Before you know it, you’ll have a healthy new plant
30. Croton (Codiaeum)
To propagate croton from cutting,
You need to select a 3-4 inches long stem with at least three sets of leaves.
Place the stem in a pot filled with a lightweight potting mix or water.
You can also cut a leaf with some part of the stem attached and propagate it in water.
31. Hoya (Hoya spp)
To propagate the Hoya plant, you need to cut a 3-5 inches long stem with at least two leaves.
You can plant this in a glass of water till roots develop around 2-3 inches long.
Then, you can place the cuttings in a pot filled with three parts perlite, three parts coco-peat, and 1 part vermiculite.
32. Black-Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata)
Just like other easy houseplants to easily propropagate, this plant isn’t an exemption.
Just take a 6-8 inches long stem with lower leaves removed and root it in a glass filled with fresh water.
When you start noticing new roots, transplant it to a pot full of potting mix.
You don’t have to use any expensive equipment to propagate a plant, any old cup will do.
While you can propagate coleus in soil, the majority of people will recommend that it is being done in water instead.
It can only take 2-3 weeks for your cuttings to start growing roots which makes it one of the fastest and easiest houseplants to propagate from a cutting.
34. Dumb Cane
Dumb canes are gorgeous but deadly to children and pets, so do well to bear that in mind as you plant it in your indoor garden.
You can propagate this plant by cutting into the soil, but it is actually a lot faster and easier to do it in water.
As you do so, just ensure that they have a good amount of strong indirect sunlight.
35. Stem Cutting
This is by far the most common way to propagate plants from cuttings and while doing so, the amount of leaves that you can leave in the plant is dependent on the type of plant you are propagating.
You need to do is to cut off a piece of the stem of the plant with leaves on it, then put it in either soil or water and watch the roots grow.
Some plants will need specific nodes included in the cutting in order to form roots.
So, do well to read up on your plant before you do any cutting.
Cyperus is from the family of papyrus and it’s also known as the Umbrella Plant.
This is a great plant to experiment with propagating from cutting with if you’re new to the idea.
To propagate, you just need to cut the top 4 inches off a healthy stalk and put them in soil.
You’ll have new roots forming in no time.
37. Lipstick Plants
This is an amazing quirky plant that will grab all the attention of visitors enjoying your collection.
You can propagate lipstick plants from just a single leaf, but it takes so long to do so.
All you need is to grow it from a stem cutting and you will have a much easier time getting a new plant going.
38. Monstera Adansonii
Monstera Adansonii might just be the easiest plant to propagate from cutting.
They form roots incredibly well and the new plants you make will be thriving in no time.
39. Monstera Deliciosa
It’s one of the most popular houseplants that you can go for.
If you take a cutting that has fenestration, the holes, and tears that give monstera its amazing unique look.
Then, your very first new leaf on your new plant will have fenestration too. T
This doesn’t always happen, but more often it is true.
40. Rubber Tree
Before planting, don’t forget to wipe down the leaves regularly to help your rubber tree get more sunlight.
While propropagating, you have to make sure your cutting includes a bud if you ever want a plant to grow from your cutting.
Roots will grow if your cutting doesn’t include it, but you will never get more leaves.
41. Star Jasmine
This is a great plant to grow indoors if you have the space for a climber.
Star Jasmine is a little bit more difficult to propropagate than most plants on this list.
You have to make sure you take the cutting from the semi-hardwood parts of the stem and you should do the cutting in Summer ideally.
Then to root the cutting put it in a sheltered spot in a mix of perlite and peat moss.
Before time, you will have a new plant growing forth.
42. Easter Cactus
This is a fantastic burst of indoor color around Easter time.
So if you want to propagate this plant, you have to make sure that your Easter Cactus cutting has dried out for a couple of days before you pot it.
By doing so, it will help to give it the best chance at survival.
Also, be mindful not to overwater your cutting. This is one of the biggest mistakes gardeners or people usually make when trying to propagate an easter cactus from a cutting.
Impatiens have a ton of different names because it is so universally beloved.
You will want a non-flowering stem to propagate your Impatiens with at least 2 leaf nodes.
Make sure that the cut is right below one of the nodes.
Be sure that the container that you are intending to plant must have at least 12 inches across so your cutting will have room to grow.
Also, be sure to take your Verbena cutting on a summer morning when the shoots are at their firmest and also this cutting has to be when it’s at its healthiest and has the best chance of surviving getting rooted and forming a new plant.
1. What Is The Easiest Propagation Method For Houseplants?
Separation might be the simplest propagation method.
But bear in mind that this method does not apply to all houseplants.
It can only be used for plants that produce offsets around the mother plant.
In this case, these offsets can be easily separated from the parent plant and be potted on their own.
While many plants can be separated in this way, two popular houseplants that can be multiplied like this are Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) and Strawberry Begonias (Saxifraga stolonifera).
2. How Often Do You Need To Change The Water When Propagating Houseplants In Water?
In most cases, changing the water once a week is sufficient.
If you do change the water more often, it’s certainly not a problem either, though.
3. Is Ficus Elastica Easy To Propagate?
It is not exactly easy to propagate Ficus Elastica.
However, the main problem is not that the process itself is very difficult but rather that the propagation method itself is not that well-known (Air Layering).
That said, propagating Ficus Elastica is still not that difficult. Watch a couple of videos on Air Layering on Youtube and you are good to go!
4. How Long Does It Take To Propagate Houseplants?
This depends heavily on the actual houseplant that you are propagating and also on the propagation method you choose.
When propagating from seeds, it typically takes about 2 to 4 weeks for them to sprout. If you are rooting cuttings in water, it can take anything from 2 weeks up to 4+ weeks until rooting occurs.
When using the propagation technique “Air Layering”, which can be used for woody plants, such as Fiddle-leaf figs and Ficus Elastica, it can take anywhere from 3 to 7 weeks for roots to form.
5. Is A Rooting Hormone Necessary When Propagating Through Stem Cuttings?
Some houseplants are very easily propagated through stem cuttings.
While a rooting hormone is in many cases, not a must, it can speed up the rooting process and increase the chances of successful propagation.
6. Which Houseplants Can Be Propagated By Leaf Cuttings?
African violets, Episcias, Hoyas, Rex Begonias, and Snake plants can all be propagated by leaf cuttings.
Propagating your houseplants is mostly easier than you can imagine. It is the best way of adding more species of plants to your collections.
So you should give it a try with any of the plants of your choice.
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