Magazine article Sunset

New Plants from Leaf Cuttings

Magazine article Sunset

New Plants from Leaf Cuttings

Article excerpt

* Some fleshy-leafed house plants can be propagated quickly and easily from leaf cuttings--one of the best methods for ensuring identical new plants. Try this technique to expand your collection of African violets, Cape primroses, gloxinias, peperomias, some begonia species, and many succulents.

Leaf cuttings take at least six weeks to form new leaves, depending on conditions and the season (growth is faster in spring and summer).

TIME: A few minutes per pot

COST: 50 to 75 cents per pot

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

3- to 4-inch-diameter pots

* Propagating mix

* Pruning shears or sharp scissors

* A mother plant (those listed above are easy choices)

* Pencil

* Rooting hormone (optional)

* Propagation heat mat (optional)

* Small plastic cup

* Fertilizer

DIRECTIONS

1. Fill pots with propagating mix; firm the soil. Water well.

2. Using shears, cut leaves with stems from the mother plant (remove no more than about 10 percent of the foliage), snipping as close to the bases of the leaf stalks as possible. …

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