HOW TO PROPAGATE INDOOR PLANTS
Ivy Muse is a botanical emporium based locally to our V&W Armadale boutique. We are in constant awe of their exquisite greenery styling and the role they have played in the greenery movement here in Melbourne.
Co-founders Jacqui Vidal and Alana Langan are passionate about wellness and the myriad life-enhancing benefits of indoor plants.
Here Jacqui shares how easy it is to propagate your plants to create more luscious indoor greenery from your existing house plants.
WHAT IS PROPAGATING?
Propagating is the process of creating multiple plants from one single plant. It's an affordable and sustainable way to embrace and enhance the indoor greenery in your home.
It's a simple yet rewarding activity to do on your own and also one that's great to do with kids as they love watching things grow.
Traditionally plants are propagated in soil however plants originating from the aroid family can also be propagated in water. This is because they were originally swamp plants so they have the ability to survive in water as well as soil.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
A plant or vine of your choice
A tall water glass or large empty glass jar
Germination plates (or cling wrap & rubber band)
Secateurs, shears or sharp scissors
Choose your plant
Choose a plant that has grown quite long and could do with a trim. Or opt for a plant that you would like to add more volume to the growth in the pot.
Here, Jacqui is propagating a heart leaf philodendron.
Prepare you vessel
Germination plates are great to support small plants growing in water. There are some beautiful germination plates available in ceramics, brass and glass. However if you don't have a germination plate, you can use cling wrap.
Fill your glass or jar just over half full with water, then place the germination plate on top of the glass. Alternatively, stretch the cling wrap over the lip of the glass, secure with a rubber band and poke a hole in the top.
Cutting your vine
Using shears or sharp scissors, count 4-5 leaves down from the tip of your plant. Cut on a 45 degree angle just below a node. A node is visible where each of the leaves has branched off from the main stem.
By cutting on an angle you increase the surface area allowing more water to be absorbed by the plant.
Place cutting in vessel
Leaving the top 2-3 leaves in tact, cut or pinch off the lower leaves and place the vine in your vessel. Make sure the lower 2-3 nodes are under water. Add more water to the vessel if required.
These under water nodes will eventually grow into roots.
Transplanting your cutting
If you plan on transplanting your cutting back to the same pot to make the existing plant more luscious, the roots only need to grow to 2-3cm in length.
Or keep it in water
If you decide to keep your cutting in water, rather than transplanting back to soil, make sure to change the water regularly; weekly is recommended.
During the warmer months, which is the growing season, add a little seaweed fertiliser to the water to give it a boost with extra nutrients.