Indoor gardening, while fun, can also get rather expensive. When you find a plant that you are particularly fond of, propagating it can be an inexpensive way of getting new plants. The Chinese evergreen is a popular houseplant because of its durable nature. It will take a lot of neglect and continue to thrive. Taking tip-cuttings is the most commonly used method to reproduce the Chinese evergreen.
Take a cutting from the Chinese evergreen plant using a sharp, clean knife. Cut 4 to 6 inches from a healthy stalk, just below a node (where a leaf attaches). Try to take a cutting with at least five leaves on the upper portion.
Remove leaves from the lower half of the cutting. Dip the leafless end of the cutting into the rooting hormone and tap on the side of the jar or can to remove any excess hormone powder.
Fill the planting pot with equal parts of perlite and peat moss and water well, allowing the excess water to drain from the bottom of the pot.
Create a hole in the soil for your cutting using a pencil. Insert the cutting and firm the soil around it.
Insert the pot into the plastic bag and seal it. Place the pot in an area that is well lit but not in direct sunlight. The leaves may turn yellow during the rooting process; don't worry, it's normal.
Supply bottom heat with a heat mat for quicker rooting. Cuttings in soil temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees F will root in four to six weeks. If the soil temperature is between 60 and 65 degrees F, it can take up to 12 weeks for the cutting to root.
Check the soil frequently to make sure that it doesn't dry out. After the cutting has rooted, remove the plastic bag and re-pot the new plant into standard potting soil. After about a month, fertilize the Chinese evergreen cutting with standard houseplant fertilizer, and apply fertilizer monthly thereafter.
Things You Will Need
- Planting pot, 6 to 8 inches
- Peat moss
- Rooting hormone
- Plastic bag with twist tie closure
- Heat mat (optional)
- You can root several cuttings in the same pot.
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