How to Grow a Plant From a Leaf

Overview

Propagating plants through the use of leaf cuttings is a simple way to clone your plants cheaply. Cuttings require taking a piece from a parent plant and allowing missing tissue to regrow into a fully developed plant. Growing a plant from a leaf forces the plant to produce asexually, meaning the new plant retains all of the qualities of the parent plant. This allows you to recreate a well-producing flower or fruit-producing plant with little genetic loss.

Step 1

Cut the leaf blade off the parent plant, retaining a portion of the leaf stem and a section of whole plant stem, where the bud is attached.

Step 2

Fill a small container with sterilized vermiculite and wet the material so it is slightly moist. Poke a hole in the soil that is large enough for the leaf to be inserted.

Step 3

Cut off a quarter of the plant leaf and dip it into the rooting hormone. Insert the dipped leaf so a third of the leaf is under the soil surface.

Step 4

Place the cutting into a plastic bag and seal it. This retains moisture in the growing medium. Place the cutting in indirect sunlight. Roots and shoots will develop at the base of the leaf.

Step 5

Allow the roots and shoots to take hold, then remove the cutting from the plastic bag. Discard the leaf, leaving just the roots and shoots.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Rooting hormone
  • Container
  • Plastic bag
  • Vermiculite

References

  • University of Rhode Island: Propagating House Plants by Cuttings
  • University of Missouri Extension: Home Propagation of House Plants
  • Ohio State University Extension: Plant Propagation
Keywords: plant propagation, leaf cuttings, rooting leaf cuttings

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