How To Start a Cutting

For anyone just starting out I thought I would document my latest task here.  When I got my Teak Potting Center I mentioned that I also left with plant cuttings.  I’m going to show you the process I use to get them ready to take root.

First I have my cuttings.  The one pictures here is called PORTULACARIA AFRA a.k.a. Elephant Plant.  It’s a relative of the the Jade plant (Crassula).


I also have what Debb called a Devil’s Backbone.  Also known as Pedilanthus tithymaloides (L.) Poiteau cv. ‘Variegatus’


Then I filled my pot with soil and watered it.  The reason I went ahead and watered is because with these non-edible plants I dipped them in Rooting Hormone.  I didn’t want to put the cuttings in the dirt then rinse all of that off by watering it in.


The potting soil I found at Lowe’s says it’s organic.  And I like the bit it says on the bag about helping the rainforest.  I will be looking into this brand a bit further.  A first glance through the google search didn’t give me much promising information.


The cuttings have been sitting in a large mug of water for a couple of days.  She said they were dry and could probably use some water.  So I decided to let them soak up some water (at Debb’s suggestion) to give them a good drink before going into the soil.

I don’t know if you can tell, but I have the cuttings cut off at a slant.  I’ve just always been in the habit of doing this.  I think it comes from cutting fresh flowers to bring inside when I was a kid.  I was always told that they soak up the water better.


I then dipped the ends in the Rooting Hormone as you can see here.


And for some reason I didn’t snap any pics when I had both hands full putting the cuttings in the soil.  But I used this gardening too to poke holes in the soil to gently put the tips in the dirt so not to disturb the hormone too much.


And finally, the newly planted cuttings.

The Pedilanthus tithymaloides (L.) Poiteau cv. ‘Variegatus’




If I left anything out or you have any questions, please feel free to comment or email me.


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