Add More Plants To Your Collection At No Cost

Grow your plant collection by taking leaf or stem cuttings

Many of the most popular houseplants are easy to propagate through one of three ways — via cuttings, root division or pups. By propagating your plants, you can instantly multiply the number of plants you have in your home without buying new ones. Here are some tips about how to go about it.

Plants that are easy to propagate with cuttings

Propagating plants from leaf cuttings is as easy as snipping off a stem with a few leaves and rooting it. Cut with clean shears just below a node. You may root by placing the cutting in water until roots form and then transplanting into soil — or by planting directly in soil. Rooting powder may be used to encourage root growth when planting a cutting in soil.

The following plants are easy to propagate from stem cuttings using the above method:



African violets



Plants that are easy to propagate with root division

Multi-stemmed houseplants can be divided to create one or more additional potted plants. Take the plant from its pot and tug gently at one stem to separate the roots. If the plant won’t separate, cut through the roots with a knife. Re-pot and keep out of bright light and evenly moist until the new plants are established.

Plants that respond well to propagation with root division include:

Boston fern

Peace lily

ZZ plant



Plants that are easy to propagate with pups

Plants that produce “pups” or small offshoots of themselves do most of the work of propagation for you. For the best chance of success, let the pups grow to about three inches in size before cutting them off with sharp, clean shears. Plant them directly in their own pots.

Here are some plants that produce pups:

Spider plant

Aloe vera plant


Ponytail palm