DIY Rooting and Potting Plants

26 Jul

Recently the giant, beautiful Jade Plant in my house spontaneously fell over and lost a few limbs in the process. Luckily it survived the fall, but the limbs weren’t able to be reattached. Because, you know, it’s a plant. In this house, we can’t bear to throw out plants that could be rooted and given new life, so today I’m going to talk you through the process of rooting (and subsequently potting) plants. It’s a great way to get more plants and thus have more leafy green friends in your house without having to buy more plants. This particular Jade has at least two children (and soon to be more) in the house. Now onto the process.

These are your materials: Pots, plant cuttings, rooting hormone, soil.

Jade is a dry-weather plant, so terra cotta pots are ideal because they absorb water from the soil rather than allowing the soil to stay damp. This particular soil is also obviously suited for dry-weather plants. If you’re rooting/potting something else — say, a Coleus, which is very easy to root — you can use ceramic pots and normal potting soil. Jade is also terribly easy to root, so you can literally root it from just a leaf. In this tutorial, I’m rooting five leaves and two larger pieces of the plant.

Step one: Clip the section of your plant that you’ll be rooting. Let this sit for one hour before doing anything else to it. While you’re waiting, fill your pots with soil. Done.

Step two: After you’ve waited an hour, dip the cut edge of the plant in water and then in the rooting hormone (which is a powder). Be careful not to let any pets (or humans) eat the rooting hormone. They might grow branches instead of arms or something.

Step three: After applying the rooting hormone, poke a hole in the dirt with your finger or a pencil, and stick the plant in. Once you’ve done this, water the plant to make it feel nice and safe.

That’s it. You’re all done. There’s no guarantee that all these will become healthy new plants, but that’s the hope. If you’re going to do this, I suggest doing something that roots easily — vines, a Coleus, Jade. Not all plants can be rooted in this way, but those are all safe bets.

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