How to Graft Potted Plants


Grafting is the process of combing two plants in the same family to create something new and often times better. Grafting potted plants ensure varieties will thrive in their potted environment and be enjoyable for years to come

Germinating Root Stalk

Step 1

Collect 10 to 15 seeds from the flowers as they wilt.

Step 2

Place the seeds in an air tight container and label it with the month and year they were collected, if it is past their growing season.

Step 3

Soak the seeds the day before planting in some water to soften them.

Step 4

Remove the swollen seeds and plant them two times deeper than the actual plant. Keep the soil moist to encourage rapid growth.


Step 1

Collect sticks from the plant type that is desired the day of the graft and place the cut edge in water.

Step 2

Cut off the home grown rootstalk roughly two inches from the soil's surface with a diagonal cut. Be sure to make a clean, single cut with a razor-sharp grafting knife.

Step 3

Cut a piece of the collected scion also at a similar diagonal.

Step 4

Place the two diagonal parts together so that the centers of the branches match up as precisely as possible.

Step 5

Wrap the graft with the budding tape as tightly as possible. The budding tape should be stretched so tight that it would seem as though it was going to snap if tightened any more. Continue watering the new plant and remove the budding tape after eight weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds from local plants
  • Gardening soil
  • Medium planting pot
  • Grafting knife
  • Scions
  • 1/2-in. clear polyethylene budding tape


  • Whip Grafting
Keywords: grafting, potted plants, propagation

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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.