How to Take Care of a Mother Plant


Taking care of a mother plant can require much more care then other plants. A mother plant is one that a gardener uses to take cuttings from to grow more plants of that type. Mother plants need to be as healthy as possible to produce excellent-grade clippings. Any plant that you wish to take cuttings from is known as a mother plant. With time, patience and the right materials, caring for a mother plant properly is a basic task.

Step 1

Choose a young plant that has no insect infestations, disease or fungus.

Step 2

Plant the mother plant in a container that is twice the size of the mother plant's rootball. Fill the container with moisture-retaining potting soil to help hold moisture close to the mother plant's roots.

Step 3

Place the mother plant in a greenhouse, if possible, or indoors to protect it from drastic weather changes and from insect infestations.

Step 4

Water the mother plant often enough to maintain a soil that is moist to the touch.

Step 5

Fertilize the plant every other week, for best results, using a fertilizer designed for the type of plant you are growing. Follow the fertilizer's label instructions for application details.

Step 6

Prune the mother plant, if necessary. Remove dead, dying or diseased growth, using clean, sharp pruning shears.

Step 7

Treat insect infestations or fungal disease with an every-day pesticide and/or fungicide. Follow the label instructions that come with the pesticide/fungicide for best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Mother plant
  • Moisture retaining potting soil
  • Greenhouse/indoor location
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears
  • Insecticide/pesticide


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About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.