How to Root Aralia Plant Cuttings


Aralia or Ming aralia are tropical plants native to southeast Asia, Pacific islands and the Caribbean. They are popular for their lush foliage. In cool climates they can be grown as indoor plants, and in warm climates where temperatures rarely go below 40 degrees they do well as outdoor shade plants.

Step 1

Cut stems 8-10 inches long from a mature aralia plant during the summer when the temperature is above 72 degrees.

Step 2

Remove the leaves from the bottom 1-to-2 inches of the stem. This will encourage the plant to put its energy into producing roots.

Step 3

Dip the ends of the stems into rooting hormone powder then shake gently to remove excess.

Step 4

Fill a small flower pot all the way to the top with sterile potting soil.

Step 5

Place the stem 3 inches into the potting soil. Lightly tamp the soil around the stem, just enough to hold it in place.

Step 6

Water the soil to moisten it. Do not soak it as Aralia thrives in a moist environment not a wet one.

Step 7

Place a plastic bag over the plant and pot. This will create a humid environment similar to aralia's native environment, encouraging fast root development. Roots should appear in 7-to-10 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Aralia cuttings
  • Powdered rooting hormone
  • Small flower pot
  • Sterile potting soil
  • Plastic bag


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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.