Propagation tips (a series) – How to take a cutting

Propagation tips (a series) – How to take a cutting

Know your plant! The most common types are:

Plants that have a sturdy stem – Such as a Ficus Dark Knight or fiddle leaf fig

These can be a bit trickier to propagate and A LOT of patience is needed with them. It is best to use a pair of garden sheers as their trunks can be a bit hardy and you will want a fresh clean cut. You’ll want to cut just below one of the leaves as this will be where the node is located. Make sure you take a cutting that is at least 10 cm long to maximize your success. 

A word of warning this species of plant contain a lot of sap and its best to avoid getting it on your skin because it can cause irritation.

Plants that have aerial roots – Like your Monstera

Others include: Philodendron, orchids, pothos, anthurium

These plants use their aerial roots to collect nutrients and water from the air around them. If you are looking to take a cutting from a plant with aerial roots, it is best to cut directly below the aerial root. You’ll find that the aerial roots are most likely to be located at the point of the node. Note – you need to have a node to successfully propagate one of these plants.

Plants that are succulents like your Peperomia

Others include: Begonia, african violet, sansevieria, kalanechoe

Several succulents can be propagated from a single leaf from the mother plant. Something that we have learned after countless attempts of trying to propagate these is that cuttings are susceptible to rot. This is because the cutting hasn’t had the chance to form a crust over the cutting wound before being subjected to a moist environment. We found that if you leave the cutting in open air for a couple of days before throwing it into your prop medium you will have a much better chance of success.

Have the right tools!

When take cuttings make sure you have the following on hand before you start:

Rooting Hormone

This will drastically improve your chances of successfully rooting your cuttings. We recommend Sunroots 

Plant snip or garden sheers

These are extremely helpful for getting a clean fresh cut. You don’t want to make the plant suffer more than it needs to so a quick cut is important.

Your propagation medium

We covered this here


Hydro Peroxide is great for this!

If you have snips or sheers it is important to clean them before each cutting. Make sure you clean them with a sterile substance and ensure they are dry before you next cutting.

Extra help won’t hurt!

Butyric acid has been used for decades for promoting root growth. Sunroots has just this along with other goodness to ensure your success


If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us! We're more than happy to chat!


1 comment

  • Laili

    Hi, I’m looking into the idea of to use grow light/bulb using the existing light fitting (in garage) for my plant’s. Is the sun bulb that you are selling can fit into the normal light fitting. Thanks

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