How to Take Cuttings From Flowering Plants

How to Take Cuttings From Flowering Plants image by Kelsey Shipman


Taking cuttings from flowering plants is easier than you may think. If you are low on money but want flowers around your home, take a few cuttings from your garden. When plants are removed from soil, they sprout adventitious roots, sometimes within a few hours, and can then be repotted. Take cuttings from flowering plant at the right time of year in the safest way for the mother plant.

Step 1

Cut early. Early spring is the best time to take cuttings from flowering plants because the plants are in a rapid growth period and are producing new shoots regularly. It will hardly miss what you cut off.

Step 2

Cut new shoots that have at least four open leaves growing and no buds. To avoid damaging the mother plant, be sure there are plenty of healthy shoots and leaves before taking a cutting.

Step 3

Use a clean knife or scissors. Be sure not to touch the cut ends of either plant because chemicals from human skin can damage plant tissue.

Step 4

Place the end of the cutting in a glass of clean water. Remove the bottom leaf and make sure the water level is below the lowest leaf. Plants produce chemicals to encourage root growth, so do not remove the water, only add water as needed.

Step 5

Place the glass near indirect sunlight. Direct sun is too shocking for the cuttings and may eventually kill the plant.

Step 6

Wait. Depending on the type of plant, it may take several days or several weeks for sufficient roots to form. Once you see several roots, you can pot your cutting in nutrient-rich potting soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors or knife
  • Water glass
  • Water


  • Cactus Art Nursery
  • Garden Lab
Keywords: cuttings, flowering plants, root

About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.

Photo by: Kelsey Shipman