Whenever we travel I like to bring back natural ‘souvenirs’ of our trip, sometimes it’s a shell I find in the sand, and sometimes it’s a plant of some sort. If I’ve taken a cutting of something, I’ll pack it with wet paper towels to be certain it makes it back alive. I’ve also been known to dig up an entire plant and try and bring it back in a shampoo bottle or something of that sort (and I confess to smuggling a bay tree back from Rome many years ago in this way… shhh!). So during our Florida vacay a couple weeks back, we returned to our cute little cottage and they we’re trimming the schefflera hedge, I knew it was the perfect cutting to bring home and propagate. Yes I could easily buy one at home, but it’s a lot more fun to try and grow one from a cutting.
It’s actually a super simple plant to propagate. Fill a pot with organic potting soil (you don’t have to use organic, I just like to when I can) and carve out a small hole with a pencil or chopstick.
Insert gently into the space in the soil, trying not to knock off too much of the hormone. Tamp the soil down around the cutting and set it in a not too sunny spot. If I’m trying to propagate cuttings from a plant that has a more delicate leaf, I’ll also trim the leaves themselves by half, but in this case it’s not really needed.
Do you ever take cuttings at home? It’s a great way to expand your plant collection or to create quantities of plants that you need for mass plantings. I’m planning on propagating about 40 boxwoods this spring for what I hope will be an amazing hedge in the future!