How to Propagate Houseplants

Did you know you can produce a brand new plant from a “parent” plant through a process called propagation? It’s easier than you think – here’s the how-to for propagating three popular houseplants.

How to Propagate a Snake Plant

Hardy snake plants are a perfect pick for your indoor space. You can create new snake plants easily using the method below:

Step 1

1. Cut off a healthy-looking leaf; place bottom end in water.

Step 2

2. Place in indirect light; change water every few days.

Step 3

3. When roots appear, plant in peat moss or sand.

Step 1

1. Cut off a healthy-looking leaf; place bottom end in water.

Step 2

2. Place in indirect light; change water every few days.

Step 3

3. When roots appear, plant in peat moss or sand.

How to Propagate Pothos

The key to propagation for pothos is in the little brown bumps on the stems, called nodes. Follow these three steps to make it happen:

  1. Start propagation by cutting 4- to 6-inch lengths of your pothos, making sure each cutting has at least 4 leaves.
  2. Remove the leaf closest to the cut end and place the stem in water. Keep in a bright spot, replenishing the water as needed. Roots will appear in about a month.
  3. Transfer each cutting into a container of potting soil, arranging them around the sides and in the center.

How to Propagate a Peace Lily

Beautiful flowering peace lilies must be propagated by dividing up the “mother” plant into several “babies.” Do it by following these three easy steps:

  1. Carefully remove the mother plant from its pot and loosen the dirt around the roots.
  2. Gently pull apart the roots to find bunches of roots attached to a set of leaves. This is the new “baby.”
  3. Plant each baby in a six-inch (max) pot of potting soil, and re-pot the mother plant. Keep the baby peace lilies moist in bright, indirect light.

Be sure to check out the wide selection of houseplants available in the floral department at the Kroger Co. Family of Stores!

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