Want to know the secret to getting new plants FOR FREE?
Silly question, of course you do! Read on, and we'll tell you how to do it...
WATER PROPAGATION 101
If you've been following us on Instagram for a while (come join the Plant Tribe, we'd love to see you), you'll know that by far our fave method of creating new plant babes is via WATER PROPAGATION 💧
We get so many messages about growing plants in water, so it's about time we ran through some FAQs 🌿
What does PROPAGATING mean?
Propagating is when you grow a new plant by taking a cutting from an existing one. You can propagate cuttings in either soil or water; but in our experience, they tend to grow roots much faster in water than soil (and what's not to love about watching those gorgeous roots grow)!
Can you propagate any plants in water?
Not every plant type is suited to being propagated or grown in water, so definitely do some research before you start.
What plants should I use when starting out with water propagating?
You will undoubtedly have the most success propagating plants with visible nodes on their stems. Think climbing and trailing plants like Monstera, Devil's Ivy and lots of different kinds of Philodendrons.
I recommend starting with these plants, especially if you're new to plant propagation in water.
That's not to say only plants with nodes will work in water - I've had loads of success water propagating plants such as Peperomia using stem cuttings. You just have to be careful and have an understanding of the plant, as not everything will grow from a stem alone.
What is a STEM NODE?
A node is the little bumpy bit on a stem, often just under leaf shoots, where new roots have the potential to grow from - all they need is contact with a growing medium (i.e soil or water).
Nodes are fairly prominent on the plants we mentioned above - you can't really miss them!
Check out the photo below of our Devil's Ivy cutting, showing multiple nodes on the same cutting.
So...how do I water propagate my plants?
Honestly, it's as simple as taking a cutting just below the node visible on the stem. Make sure you use a sharp, clean pair of scissors, snippers or a knife when taking your cuttings to avoid introducing diseases to your plants.
Pop the cutting into a vase (or a clean, recycled glass jar or whatever water holding vessel you have handy).
You will start to see new roots growing from the nodes in a week or so, epending on the time of year and plant's normal growing conditions. It can take longer in cooler months to see the roots growing, so be patient!
Top up the water as needed, and change it about every fortnight.
Once there is a well established root system, you can transfer your cutting into soil. Or keep them in water - it's entirely up to you!
And honestly, it's as straightforward as that!
Don't forget, there are a tonne of ways to propagate plants - water propagating is just one of the simplest.
Will you be trying it with your plants? If you have any questions, get in touch and we'll do our best to help!