How to take cuttings from a plant

Expand your indoor collection by taking cuttings from your favourite plants.

Bunnings magazine, Winter 2020

Striking cuttings in water

Try vining plants like devil’s ivy.

1. Take a cutting

Using clean secateurs, take a cutting just below a node. This is approximately two to three sets of leaves down the plant where the bump along the stem and the leaf attaches. Cut under the lower leaf.

2. Place it in water

Fill a clean glass or bottle with enough water to cover the node on the cutting. Place the glass or bottle in a bright spot, out of direct sunlight.

3. Keep an eye on it

Ensure the water remains clear and remove any cuttings that yellow or brown. Top up the water to keep the node submerged.

4. Transplant plant into pot

Depending on the plant and the time of year, roots will appear in three to four weeks. Once roots are approximately 5-10cm, transplant into a small pot with good-quality potting mix. Water in well with diluted seaweed solution.

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Striking cuttings in soil

Try stem cuttings from a ZZ plant or monstera.

1. Take a cutting

Using clean, sharp secateurs, take a cutting (approximately 10–15cm) just below a node and remove the lower leaves.

2. Provide nutrients to roots

Dip the end into rooting hormone or honey (we recommend active manuka honey with a UMF of at least 15+), before inserting into a pot filled with seed-raising mix.

3. Keep it watered

Position the pot in a bright spot, out of sunlight. Mist the soil regularly to keep it moist.

4. Re-pot plant

After a few weeks, when cuttings resist gentle tugs, they’re ready for planting. Gently remove from the soil, check the roots, and plant in a slightly larger pot; otherwise, leave as is to continue rooting.

 

Photo credit: Anna Robinson

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