Propagating for Beginners

Propagating for Beginners

Propagating can be one of the most rewarding tasks to do in the garden. There is something so fulfilling about creating a new plant from an existing or mother plant. Follow Jane as she has selected three simple plants for beginners to propagate!

Spider Plants

Start by pruning off one or many of the “baby” spider plants that are easily produced by the mother plant. Place the “baby” Spider Plant into the growing medium. Be sure to place the¬†plants into the soil just far enough to cover the roots. Once you have inserted all of the new plants into the soil, water the plants in. Only water when the soil is dry.

Christmas Cactus

Begin by pruning off a segment that is about 2 – 3 inches long or 3 “leaves” long. Place the pruned segments into the growing medium about¬†.25 – .5 inches. *Pro tip: Be mindful of what type of plant you are propagating when selecting your growing medium. If you are propagating plants that like drier conditions, choose a cacti/succulent growing medium. Remember to water in the plants. Only water when the soil is dry.


Prune off the desired amount of cuttings from the mother plant. When taking cuttings, make sure each cutting is about 2 -3 inches long. If you have a cutting that is too long, it will become top heavy and floppy. Make a small hole and insert each cutting into the growing medium. Pat down the soil around the plant. Once finished, remember to water in the newly potted plants. Only water when the soil is dry.

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