How to Propagate Cuttings for a Creeping Jenny

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Creeping Jenny, which has the formal name of Lysimachia, also is called moneywort and loosestrife. The plant has a vine-like growth that most often is used as a ground cover. In the summer, Creeping Jenny develops light green or yellow leaves and tiny, white flowers along the vines. It grows rapidly and can be propagated by taking a cutting from an existing vine, which will soon develop roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruners
  • Rooting hormone
  • 4- to 5-inch diameter plant pot
  • Potting soil
  • Plastic storage bag
  • Locate a Creeping Jenny vine that has leaves but no open flowers in early to mid-summer. Cut the vine off 3 to 5 inches from the tip using a pair of hand pruners. Make the cut straight across the vine.

  • Pull off all of the leaves from the bottom one-third of the cutting.

  • Pour 1/8 cup of a rooting hormone powder into a dish. Dip the lower one-third of the cutting into the hormone until it is covered in powder.

  • Fill a 4- to 5-inch diameter plant pot with sterile potting soil until it is 1/2 inch from the top rim.

  • Create a 1- to 2-inch deep hole in the center of the soil with a finger. Insert the powdered end of the cutting into the soil and press the soil up around it so that it stands up.

  • Water the soil until it is thoroughly damp.

  • Turn a plastic storage bag upside down and insert it over the pot to conserve moisture.

  • Place the pot in an area that has bright but indirect sunlight. Feel the soil daily, adding more water as needed to prevent it from drying out. When the vine begins to grow, it has developed roots and can be transplanted to a permanent location.

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