How to Start Cuttings of Creeping Gloxinia Lofos

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Creeping Gloxinia Lofos (Lophospermum "Wine Red") is a trailing plant that grows in vine form and performs well as a ground cover and in hanging baskets. The green, tri-lobed leaves resemble those of a grapevine, and the brightly colored flower blooms are tubular in shape. The plant flowers from mid-spring through the first frost in the fall. Like many other plants, Creeping Gloxinia Lofos can be propagated by cuttings. However, instead of taking them from the stem, the cutting is made from only the leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Dish
  • Plant rooting hormone
  • Large plastic cup or small plant pot
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Water
  • Clear plastic bag

Locate a Creeping Gloxinia Lofos plant that is healthy and has vigorous leaf growth. Choose one of the largest leaves to use as the cutting. Trace the leaf back to the main stem it is attached to, which is where you will cut it off. If the leaf is long, trace it back only 1 1/2 inches below the leaf.

Cut the leaf off of the stem using a clean, sharp knife and making the cut smooth without shredding the stem.

Open a bottle of rooting hormone powder and pour 1 tsp. into a dish. Dip the cut end of the leaf immediately into the powder until the tip is completely covered.

Fill a large plastic cup or a small plant pot three-fourths full of sphagnum moss. Dampen the moss just until it feels wet.

Dig a 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep hole in the center of the moss using your finger making it at a 45-degree angle. Insert the cut end of the leaf into the hole. Push the moss up around the base of the leaf to fill in the hole and to hold the leaf upright.

Add additional water as needed to keep the moss constantly damp until you see new growth emerge from the base of the leaf, which means it has developed a root system. It typically takes around three months for the leaf to develop a root system.

Tips & Warnings

  • To decrease the frequency of watering, place a clear, plastic bag on top of the pot to hold in moisture.

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