How to Take Cuttings to Multiply your Plants

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You can take cuttings to multiply your plants in a very specific way. Take cuttings to multiply your plants with help from a nursery owner and flower expert in this free video clip.

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I'm Leon. This is Xotx-Tropico, with an X, located in West Hollywood. Today, I'm going to show you how to propagate a few houseplants, a classic houseplant, but an unusual species. This is a Dieffenbachia. This species I actually collected on the island of Dominica around a volcanic crater lake. It's a little different, but still a progenitor of modern Dieffenbachias. This is the most interesting plant to propagate. First, we can cut a section of cane. Then, we can realize that the cane is made into segments. Each segment can generate a new plant. So, what we're going to do first is make a little rooting mixtures. We're going to mix some perlite, some peat moss, some palm mass and a little bit of charcoal. This keeps the soil chemistry sweet. Let's mix this up. We can fill a pot with it and then, this cane, we can cut into a few sections. So, this ah, little eye here is what will generate a new plant. So, I'll show you one segment here. We'll just cut that and we can lay this into the pot with the eye facing up, just barely showing, so you see the green. You're going to water that well. Keep it in a warm bright spot and this will generate a new plant. These I've grown from cane cuttings. And here I have another unusual plant, but there's a common one. This is a Syngonium. This is another species of Arrowhead, these are related. This climbs trees in Costa Rica. A common specie is the Syngonium. This is a rare Syngonium. I've cut one of the big lianas and this we're going to make into a stem cutting. This will produce many many plants. But, let's go one, two, three, we'll go three eyes on this. We'll make the same mixture with just peat moss, perlite, palm mass and charcoal. The important thing is to remember what's down, the downside. So, we'll simply insert this into the media. You can put a plastic bag over the whole thing. Water it. Keep it by a window and soon, more of these beautiful leaves will arise and you have reproduced your houseplant.

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