Plant Cuttings in Water – Propagation

The fastest way to get new plants for free is from cuttings in water. But for them to come out well and take root soon it is very important to take into account several things, otherwise, the fungi will proliferate and not take root at all. Learn all about plant cuttings in water in this article.

“How to Grow Plants from Cuttings in Water” Following these simple steps

What Kind of Plant Can Take Root in Water?

Before we start making cuttings that we will put in the water we have to know well what type of plants are the most suitable, so we can be sure that there will be many possibilities that everything goes as expected. Bearing this in mind, what we will have to do is choose plants that are not woody. They can be semi-woody, but the idea is that they are green, such as the following: geraniums, carnation, African violet (leaves), photinia, etc.

We will select the part that we think is healthier and cut it with a pair of scissors previously disinfected with pharmacy alcohol. When we have it, we will only have to do the following

geraniums cutting

How to Make Cuttings in Water

Once the cuttings are obtained, we will have to introduce them in a glass with clean water. The container should not be full, but it should cover at least half of it. In this way, you will be able to root much better, and we will still be able to help you a little more if we add a couple of drops of homemade rooting hormones.

Since fungi and bacteria are microorganisms that multiply rapidly, we must keep the glass and water clean, so it will be necessary to clean it and renew the water every 2 or 3 days. In this way, our cuttings will be intact and will have more chances to succeed.

When its roots have a length of at least 2” (5cm) we can pass it to a pot with the substrate, being very careful not to manipulate its root system too much.

And that’s it. So easy we can have a new specimen

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Plant cuttings in water.
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We are the Morgan family, Henry, and Julia, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website.