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Propagation of Plants: Leaf & Stem Cutting
You can grow new plants in two ways; through harvesting seeds
and growing new plants or through cuttings. Follow these steps and
directions for creating new plants through cuttings.
Some plants produce new roots so easily, that all they need it
water. Others need a little more help and may need rooting hormone
to create new plants. Try the cutting in only water first to
determine what will be best for the plant.
1. Cut a leaf along the central vein.
2. Place the leaf lengthwise in moist compost and press the cut
edge into the dirt.
3. Keep the compost moist and new plants should appear within a few
weeks. These new plants can be planted individually.
Whole Leaf Cutting
This type of cutting is best used for succulent plants.
1. Cut a large healthy leaf from the plant.
2. Let the leaf dry for about 24 hours.
3. Push the end of the leaf into a moist soil. Keep the leaf down
inside the soil, especially when watering.
With younger plants it is more likely that stem cuttings will
produce new plants.
1. Remove the end of a shoot and at least 3-4 inches of stem.
2. Remove the leaves from a third of the lower part of the stem.
3. Dip the end of the cutting in root hormone and tap off the extra
4. Put the cutting in a pot of moist compost.