The 5 Easiest Houseplants to Propagate

Houseplants are the best additions to a dull indoor setting. They will beautify your interiors, improve indoor air quality, and repel insects like mosquitoes from your indoors. However, buying seedlings or grown houseplants can be expensive, especially when looking for a variety of houseplants.

Luckily, you can propagate your houseplants and reduce the cost of buying new ones. But, not all houseplants are easy to propagate by yourself at home. Let’s dive into the five stress-free indoor plants to reproduce at home.

Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

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It’s one of the most famous indoor plants, and it can grow up to four feet tall. You will know it by its stiff, vertical leaves that look like swords with a striking yellow edge. They do well in bright or indirect light and are very easy to care for. The snake plant is among the best for purifying indoor air.

Propagating this plant is relatively easy. You’ll notice its babies (or “pups”) growing around its base in time. Separate the pup from the mother plant when it’s large enough (about 6-10 inches tall), and plant it in soil.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

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This stress-free houseplant has arching green and white striped foliage. It is a perfect choice for hanging baskets, and it produces lots of “babies” on long stems called stolons. Remove the stolons from the parent plant, pot them in the soil, or suspend them in water until they root. 

When choosing the plantlets (stolons), ensure they have a well-developed root system. 

And in just a few weeks, you will have a new pot of these delightful houseplants! Once the spider plant catches up, it is easy to propagate and maintain.

Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperiomioides)

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This plant is a type of perennial flowering herb. It has thick, round leaves with a distinctive dark spot in the center of each leaf. Chinese money plants grow in sprouts called pups which you can remove from their mother plant and grow another plant.

You can choose to propagate them in water or the soil directly. The pups will take at least 7 days to start rooting when propagating this plant in water. Be sure to change the water after every 5-7 days.

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

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They root easily and quickly in water or moist potting soil. Unlike other plants that rely on pups for propagation, you can propagate pothos using stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. When propagating the cuttings in a jar of water, ensure to change the water weekly. The cuttings may take about 3-4 weeks to develop the roots.

Transfer your new tender plants to moist soil when the roots are about 1 inch tall. Growing pothos is easy, check it out here.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

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It is one of the few plants out there that will easily thrive even if you neglect it. No wonder this is among the top ideal plants for new gardeners who have killed countless houseplants. And you don’t have to propagate it from fresh cuttings. You can propagate the ZZ plant from fallen-off leaves!

Other ways of propagating the ZZ plant include:

  • Subdividing huge tubers into two halves and repot them
  • By stem cuttings from the plant (the best option)
  • Leaf cuttings

Even though you can propagate the ZZ plant in water, its growth rate will be slow. So, it would be best if you propagated it in moist soil.

Regardless of the type of indoor plant, you are going to propagate, ensure the mother plant is healthy. Additionally, you should use a clean, sharp knife or pruners to make a clean cut on the mother plant.

Conclusion

Propagating houseplants is the best approach to multiply your indoor plants quickly. Get started multiplying your indoor plants by choosing any of our above selections as your favorite houseplants! Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips.

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