How to Transplant Cuttings


Cutting is a form of asexual propagation when cloning plants. A leaf growth that is healthy is cut from the parent plant at a node, where a leaf sprouts from the stem of the plant. This cutting is dipped into a rooting hormone then placed in a growing medium. The tray with the growing medium and cutting is covered with a plastic bag to keep humidity in. Roots begin to form from the cutting, and when this happens, it is time to transplant the cutting into a new pot to allow the plant to grow.

Step 1

Check the the cutting tray after 3 to 6 weeks to see if there are are roots growing. Slowly work the growing medium out of the tray and look for roots on the side of the potting medium. If none is visible gently pull up on the plant to see if any roots have taken hold.

Step 2

Fill a new pot with potting soil and make a hole for the new plant. Gently remove the cutting from the potting medium, breaking away as much of it as possible without damaging the roots. Place the cutting into the soil and bury the roots in the soil.

Step 3

Place the pot under a humidity dome to slowly acclimate the cutting to the new environment. Each day remove the humidity dome for a longer period until the plant is able to survive without the dome. If the plant is to be transplanted outside, move the plant outside for longer periods each day until the plant is able to stay outside for an entire day.

Step 4

Transplant the cutting to the soil outdoors once it is fully acclimated.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Pot


  • The Sameul Roberts Noble Foundation: How to Share Your Favorite Plants
  • University of Rhode Island: Propagating House Plants by Cuttings
  • Purdue University: New Plants from Cuttings
Keywords: transplant cuttings, plant propagation, plant cloning

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