Tools for Growing House Plants from Tip Cuttings

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Learn tools for growing houseplants from tip cuttings in this free home gardening video from our plant propagation expert. View Video Transcript

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Nicole Pantaleon

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We can use a number of tools to cut our plants (demonstrates) we can use scissors (regular kitchen scissors.) These are used for sewing, you can get them at any sewing store or you can use a knife or you can use big pruners, but for most house plants you're not going to use something that is too big, and I suggest you use the snips or the scissors. So, we have to keep our tools clean because every time you make a cut on the plant you open it up for disease. So you can do a few things, you can use just regular household alcohol and we can use a scrub brush from the kitchen if you have one and just clean it off and get it nice and clean(demonstrates) so we can do all our tools. These got a little tougher stuff on it, you can also take just some water and add some bleach, another disinfectant like about 10% and I can soak these tools for about 5 or 10 minutes and they will be nice and clean for when I want to use them and just when I am done, just dry it off because the plants, they don't like disinfectant, they don't like bleach, so they should be clean and sanitary for us to use.