Expand your garden at home by adding a new plant without visiting a nursery! Experiment with a variety of plants and see which ones easily grow new roots in water.
✶✶ Great for kids aged 5+ ✶✶
✶ Clean scissors
✶ Mother plant
✶ Glass jar
✶ Pot for plant
- Grab a pair of scissors and jar of water and take a walk.
- Look for plants with non-woody stems to try and propagate from a cutting. The mother plant (the one you’re cutting from) should be large enough, so that removing one or more cuttings will not harm or kill it. Woody plants such as hibiscus and citrus do not root well in water.
- Remove all the leaves except the top two. Cut the top two leaves in half with scissors.
- Place your cuttings in a jar of water and set them near a sunny window. Watch and wait about 2 – 4 weeks. Some plants will easily grow new roots; others may die. Plants that are easy to propagate include willow, salvia, and begonias.
- Once the plants have established roots, plant them in potting soil in a pot.
- Congratulations! You just cloned a plant!