How to Propagate Bacopa

Overview

Bacopa (Sutera cordata) is an evergreen perennial vine that is commonly used as an annual. It only reaches 3 to 6 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Bacopa bears summer flowers of white, lavender and rose. It enjoys full sunlight and good-draining soil. Bacopa is commonly used as houseplants, ground covers, edgings, containers and hanging baskets. It is propagated through stem cuttings taken in the early spring or summer while not in blossom.

Step 1

Wash a 3 inch-deep tray or small plant pot with soapy water. Rinse the tray with a solution of one part bleach and nine parts water. This sterilizes the tray by getting rid of hiding insect pests and plant diseases. Wash and rinse a sharp knife.

Step 2

Mix together equal parts of sand and peat moss to create a quick-draining rooting medium. Fill the tray with the rooting medium. Spay the soil mixture with water until it is wet.

Step 3

Cut a healthy, young stem that is 3 to 5 inches long with leaves attached to it. Make the cut with a sharp knife right below a node, which is where the leaves attach to the stem. Nodes form roots quicker than other pieces of stem do.

Step 4

Pinch off the leaves on the bottom half of the cutting to create a bare stem with nodes. Dip the base of the stem into rooting hormone. Place the lower half of the cutting into the soil mixture in the tray.

Step 5

Spray the tray again with water until the soil is wet. Cover the tray with clear plastic to create a greenhouse. If the plastic is touching the cutting, prop the plastic up with long toothpicks. Place the tray in a warm area with indirect light.

Tips and Warnings

  • Bacopa is susceptible to whitefly infestation. Use oil spray to keep the whiteflies under control. Avoid using insecticidal soap since it causes leaf and petal burn.

Things You'll Need

  • Tray
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Sharp knife
  • Sand
  • Peat moss
  • Spray bottle
  • Bacopa plant
  • Rooting hormone
  • Clear plastic
  • Long toothpicks

References

  • University of Kentucky---Kentucky Garden Flowers: Sutera Cordata
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Bacopa
  • "The New Bedding Plant Expert"; D. G. Hessayon; 1996
  • Washington State University: Propagating Herbaceous Plants from Cuttings
Keywords: propagate bacopa, propagate Sutera cordata, herbaceous propagation

About this Author

Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.