Garden Therapy Notes

 A Collection of Gardening Information and Inspiration

 
 

  

August 6th, 2012

Guelph, Ontario

 

Rooting Cuttings In Water

 

This ivy plant was recently trimmed to control the length and to keep it off of the carpet. Perhaps you too have a plant that climbs or crawls and it has overgrown its space.

Overgrown Ivy Houseplant in Hanging Basket

Using pruners (or scissors if you don't have pruners) cut stems back to a desired length at a node where the leaf joins the stem.

Ivy Cliipings

After pruning back the ivy I looked at the clippings on the ground and wondered what I should do with them. I could compost them or root them. I decided to root the cuttings in water which is just one of many methods of plant propagation. This could be done with pothos, hoya or inch plant. 

Trimmed Ivy Cuttings

Take the clippings and cut into 6-12 inch pieces depending on the size of the vase. Taller vases would require longer stems. Each piece should have healthy new growth at the end. Remove lower leaves so that it is just the bare stem that ends up in the water. From this one plant care activity I have made a lovely arrangement for the table that will also turn into new plants with roots.

Ivy Cuttings in Water

Place them near a window so that the leaves can photosynthesize to produce its food and grow healthy roots.

Rooted Ivy Cuttings

After 3-5 weeks you should begin to see roots. They look like white threads in the water. Allow the cuttings to grow roots for another few weeks before planting them in soil. 

Happy Growing,

Trina Alix

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